Sunday, May 31, 2015

What's Been Happening

The school year is finally over...well, almost.

Where I teach, Friday was finally the students' last day of school. Unfortunately, I'm not quite finished.  During the summer, teachers have to go to workshops to learn new stuff. So while the students are having fun their first week away from school, I'll be sitting in the classroom learning. Not exactly how I wanted to start the summer, but at least my workshop schedule will be over, and I can get back to writing full time.

The last twelve months have been a tough year.

Last summer started out great. I was working on a short story called Ethan's Trials when I realized it was actually part of the fourth book. I needed to to focus solely on Raven and the dilemma she was caught in at the end of book 2. I outlined the story and totally hated it. Raven came across as a wimpy victim.

That is not her!

I started rewriting the outline, but then, everything I was doing got put on hold.

Mr. C's cardiologist (heart doctor) scheduled him for a routine test. It didn't go so good. We spent the summer in and out of the doctor's office and hospital. We finally got that issue resolved and after several months of doctor visits and more tests, they said everything looks good...for now.

Fast forward through a school year of teaching three different subjects, learning to teach using iPads in the classroom, yearbook, and other duties at school to January. I finally picked up the outline for book 3 and reread it, and it dawned on me what was wrong. I wrote a new outline and started writing book 3.

The game plan for this summer is to finish book 3 of the Children of Atlantis, publish around the time school starts, and write outlines for books 4 and 5. In other words, get myself back onto a writing schedule.

Thank all of you for the emails and for hanging in there with me.