What are you working on now?

One of the questions I’ve received frequently over the past couple of weeks is “What are you working on now?”  To which I respond “Parent-Teacher Conferences”.

You see, I’m a teacher.  Back on a mission trip to Gary, Indiana, in the summer of 1986, I realized I was called to work with children.  God had given me some teaching skills and creative skills which allowed me to engage children in lessons and discussions.  So, I became a teacher.

During the 22 years I’ve taught thus far and the four years I subbed before that and even the four years of undergraduate work prior to that…my dream of writing a “real book” grew.

While teaching my third graders to compose their thoughts into sentences, paragraphs, and papers, I modeled my own writing.  Many times my students would tell me that it would be a good book.  The dream grew.

So, in May of 2018, when my kids had the chance to write their own ABC book, I modeled the beginnings of “Jasper’s ABC Book”.  They chuckled as I read the pages, and…the dream grew.

Then, goals were set.  Focus began.  The dream was put into an action plan.  Granted, my first books has only sold 9 copies on Amazon, but it’s sold over 100 in Jefferson County.  “Kitten Chronicles” hasn’t sold a single copy on Amazon, which I admit makes me a bit sad, but…I’ve sold over 30 personally.  Not bad since the copies just arrived a week ago.

Guess what?  Parent-teacher conferences are over, so….after some fall-cleaning, a dental visit, and Jasper’s vet appointment…I think it’s time to start “Pet to Predator: Memoir of My Life as a Feline Hunter”.

For now…I’m going to go home and collapse.  Thankful that this LONG work week has finished.  It was productive, positive, and packed….but now….I think Jasper and I are both ready for a restful Friday night.

A Whole New World

So, last spring….I set a goal.  Actually, I set four goals.  One each in the area of reading, writing, cooking, and exercising.  Being a bit “methodical”, I was determined to check each off my list.  The biggest challenge was the writing goal.  Not because I didn’t have the ideas.  I’ve had ideas for writing since high school.  Not because I didn’t have time.  I have the summer off since I’m an elementary teacher.  It was the most daunting because it forced me to face the fear of failure.

If I didn’t cook a new recipe each week, no one would care but me.  If I didn’t exercise regularly, no one would know but me.  If I didn’t read ten books… Well, that wasn’t even an option with my voracity for reading.  But…if I took my writing…put it into a book…and no one wanted to read it. Or, if they read it and condemned my efforts….I would endure the heartache.

But.  A goal is a goal.  And my self-imposed personality issues made it a must to accomplish.  Thanks to the experience of David Kummer and Benny Newell, I was able to be guided to CreateSpace where my goal…my dream…could become reality.  I kept telling myself that even if the only person who read it was me and my class that it was worth it.

So…in August, “Jasper’s ABC Book” was completed.  Less than two months later, over 100 copies have been purchased!  Then, last week, a mere two days before my first event sale at Jefferson County Old Court Days, “Kitten Chronicles: Memoir of My First Year Living with a Teacher” arrived.

Will everyone enjoy my books?  Nope.  Will everyone want to buy future books?  Nah.

But.

Will I write?  Yep.

Ideas remain.  The joy continues.  The dream has become a reality and the journey has just begun. What fun this adventure will be for me.  I have the HEART of a teacher, the IMAGINATION of a writer, and the FAITH of a child.  Come along with me…and enjoy the journey!