Nov 4, 2012

In over my head

Life as a teacher is a bit like juggling a progressively higher number of firesticks each week.

Each fire stick represents: writing the curriculum, giving the lessons, training for expectations, keeping up a web site, attending professional development, going to meetings, etc., etc.

Add in grading/planning and suddenly, I'm juggling as fast as I can to keep from getting burned...not to mention running ahead of a blizzard of grading each weekend.

My writing time? Yeah, it's shot, unless you count 1-hour intervals once a week (sometimes). That's the bad news.

The good news? I FINISHED my last revision...which means we can go out on sub soon. Whew. So I can turn my attention to my YA mystery, which is with its final beta.  I'm also very close to finishing my latest WIP. Last year, I finished a WIP every three months. This year, I'm clocking in at six and it's still not done because I have no time.

My next opportunity to do any sustained writing will be over Christmas break.  That's when my school gets to move into our new addition so I'll probably be spending that time organizing and moving stuff out of my classroom, rather than doing much writing.

 How's your writing going? Are you doing NaNoWriMo?


ilima said...

A time and a are amazing for doing all you do. I am doing Nano and it feels so good to be drafting. It's been a while. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Sounds like you're pretty darned awesome at juggling!

Suzi said...

Wow. That makes me so thankful for the time I have to write.

I'm doing NaNo for the first time. So far, I've got a good start.

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations on finishing your last revision! :)

Nancy Thompson said...

No NaNo here, but I am struggling to find the time to write. Too many editing jobs lined up. Congrats on finishing your edits. I always wonder how "my" writers handle my edits, if they cringe and spit on my name. I have a feeling they do at times. *cringes*

Jess said...

Teachers definitely have a ton to juggle, and much of that is done after traditional work hours. I feel very lucky to have teachers like you, so know that you are appreciated! I'm finishing up a WIP and hope to get it to betas/CPs in the next week or so. No NaNo for me :)

Cassie Mae said...

Oh goodness! So much going on for you. Yay for going out on sub soon! Exciting! I hope it gives you some time to focus on your newest wip. :)

Nicole said...

Juggling firesticks! That is a great metaphor. ;) Congrats on finishing the revisions.