Transitioning into Summer

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This was a transitional week for me. Technically, it’s finals week, but we canceled them. Instead, this week has been a hybrid between personal work and school work.


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At our faculty meeting on Monday, we were informed we’d know our contract fates next week after the Board of Directors meet. Teachers are ten-month employees on one-year contracts, renewed at the principal’s discretion. So, if I am offered a contract, I also hope to get a sense of what I’ll be teaching based no current enrollment projections.

So, no anxieties. Nope, none at all.

Meantime, I had to finalize grades, deal with some last minute student issues, and sort through some decisions with our assistant principal. On Wednesday, I hit submit and was done.

Today, I headed in with my fellow English teachers. The students had been coming in waves all week, cleaning out their lockers and returning materials to the school. So, it was time to tidy the class, which was left with some haste back in March.


Surprisingly, I don’;t have a foursome shot of the department but here are Isabelle and Amy, taken in November at the NCTE convention.Surprisingly, I don’;t have a foursome shot of the department but here are Isabelle and Amy, taken in November at the NCTE convention.

Surprisingly, I don’;t have a foursome shot of the department but here are Isabelle and Amy, taken in November at the NCTE convention.

I thoroughly reorganized the class library, adding in books that were donated this week, and then taking inventory so I could notify those who have yet to return books. I wiped things down, threw things out, cleaned and organized the closet. Our chair brought in pizza for us and we had a chance to gossip, share streaming tips, and discuss ways to modify curriculum to accommodate current events, if still a national discussion when we resume classes in late August.

It was wonderful seeing them and I left four and a half hours later finally feeling some sense of closure.


My home classroom has reverted to my home office as I sit here, writing a novel for the summer.My home classroom has reverted to my home office as I sit here, writing a novel for the summer.

My home classroom has reverted to my home office as I sit here, writing a novel for the summer.

This week I also began writing the novel project. I have to admit, I got up a nice head of steam most days, easily surpassing my self-imposed 3000 words a day. I’m feeling my way through this, the characters are beginning to sound right so I’m encouraged.

The goal is to have the first draft done in July and edit that while gearing up for Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021. I also have two short stories to write if time permits before embarking on the final volume in the 100 Greatest Moments series. The first cut proposal is already in with DC Comics for approval so I should be in good shape when the time comes to write.

Yes, I like staying busy, juggling, why do you ask?


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I have also embarked on my personal summer reading before accommodating professional summer reading. Last year, it was three weighty tomes on assorted subjects. This summer, I’m reading several oversized comic book histories that have been patiently waiting their turn. The first, Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond by Andrew Farago, proved an exceedingly fast read, mostly because I knew so much of the history. I was interviewed for this, along with several dozen others, and I thought Andrew did a lovely job.

Deb is insisting I balance work and relaxation and so far, so good.

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