January 2018

I don’t really know how I started as a writer.  I just know that I did.  I remember writing about a little girl who had a bunch of brothers.  I wrote plays for the Children’s Theatre League in 1974.  I wrote compositions for English class, stories for Journalism class in 9th grade.

I went to college thinking I wanted to be a journalist.  They wanted double majors, and I had to interview people.  (I was shy so I didn’t think I could do that).  So I left journalism and took science classes.  I did take one Advanced Composition course and got a C.  (I was not happy with that, so I really didn’t do much.)

Didn’t do much writing while married the first time (Had to work full time while he was going to school), then left him and went back to school.)

Married a new guy and drifted about.  Took Magazine writing and Novel writing classes from The Writer’s Institute.  Guy left.  I had returned to school and finished classes for a librarian job.  Got a job as a librarian and started writing during National Novel Writing Month.  I won several times, (finished 50,000 words) including 2017.

I have the DIY MFA book and another MFA book.  Have read many writing books and have the notes to prove it.  I also have the starter kit for the DIY MFA.  I have not cracked open the book.

I also have a current subscription to the Writer’s Digest, which I have been getting for a while.  I also obtained the “Writer” badge while in Girl Scouts.  On occasion, I keep a journal and write yearly Christmas letters. I have had this blog for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 2017

I am still working on National Novel Writing MOnth.  This is really hard working two jobs and trying to get the Sunday School program off the ground.  Of course, there are many people working full time.

22 days in, I am behind.  Only 24,000 words.  I had hoped to be at least beyond 25,000 but I had to work an extra day last week.  Then 40 hours this week and Robert was home.  Extra choir practice and running around town didn’t help much either.

But I have a start on the banner for the Christmas program, gathered materials for signs for the kids.  Found out where the costumes might be, got laundry caught up.  I cleaned last week.  Not much is going to get cleaned this week.  That might be happening next week.

 

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Finishing!

I signed up for the NaNoWriMo specialization in Creative Writing offered by Wesleyan University.  As of today, I have finished two of the four courses.  Craft of Style and Craft of Setting and Description.  So proud of myself!

I am hoping to work this into a project for National Novel Writing MOnth, but i am not sure where it will take me.

 

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Update on 2017

Things haven’t changed a whole lot.  Still doing a lot of craft work, (mostly for other people).

Made table runners for church rummage sale, made stuffed animals for children and some friends, still working with amigurumi.

counted cross stitch-did an anniversary one for my brother and his wife

Still working two jobs.  Getting more hours at joann’s, tried to cut back during the autumn, but with sales, it is nearly impossible.

 

Finished all of my Coursera course, but then started a specialization to help me do NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month), better.  Unfortunately, it is also time for some of the biggest sales for Joann’s so i don’t know how much writing will actually get done.

 

 

 

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Update for 2016

I am very skeptical of the world right now.

My middle child has finally gotten a GED.  It really didn’t take much just some trips to the local Job Service place.  Diploma will be sent in the mail in a couple of weeks.

Still trying to write.  (ha ha).

Working at the same old same old.  Have several new projects though.  New website, new leadership roles, new church stuff.  Still helping the historical museum.  Still crocheting, sewing and what not.

 

 

 

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update for 2016

New this year

No longer a grandmother.  The child does not belong to my son.  It is too bad.  We raised that baby until she was one.  I feel bad that I am no longer part of her life.  However, it is all for the better.

I have finished working for the military museum.  It went bankrupt and the building and furnishing sold in July.  the building is now owned by a sailing group.  The volunteer coordinator at the library is no longer there and the volunteer coordinator for the hospice is also gone.  The hospice does not need any prayer shawls right now either.  Maybe it is time to move on from both.

As part of the Novel Writing Month I finally finished the Jill and Lyle story.  It still needs a lot of work and if I would take time to work on it it might be a better story.

Trying my hand at some different things: Graphics, Computer 101, and a few others.  Not all of them interesting, some have deadlines so it is a little hard.

Also working a second job.  Hours at the retail were cut and I have cut my own hours.  Just can’t do it anymore.  Need to find something different…..maybe.

 

 

 

 

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Update 2014

Been working retail for almost a year. Started as seasonal in November and then was given “part-time” status.  Thought I wasn’t going to be kept on, but they kept almost everyone that they hired.  One person has been with company for 15 years.  Good for her!    Days are when I love my job, hate my job.  Days when I drag my butt to work and tell myself “i can do this”  and then I do.  Hopefully, I can stay there.

Also been working several volunteer jobs.  One is on hold right now while they get their finances in shape.  Another is waiting on me to get caught up on projects and another… well not sure how that one will go since I am still working.  Then I have birthdays and Christmas coming up.  My youngest will be 21 in October.  My oldest is 27, my step kids are now in their 30’s.  Nieces and nephews are getting married and graduating community college.  They are also in their 20’s.  My granddaughter is almost 5, step granddaughters are older except for the one born in April.

I have cousins in their 40’s.  It is kinda weird to talk about kids that i saw growing up.  One woman from my hometown church said her daughter is 47.  I remember the daughter when she was about 5.

So I have work, volunteering and my own things.  Guess which I don’t get to do too much of??? My own things.  I am attempting to think about NaNoWriMo again this year, but not sure how it will work out.  Was also going to try to see how many words I could write about nothing, but it doesn’t look that I can even get to 1000.

Healthwise, broke wrist last Feb. and couldn’t use right hand.  Now finally not as stiff and sore, although must have hit something on both hands because they are both black and blue. Other health issues, but no flu, bad colds or any other virus that would keep me out of commission for more than a couple of hours.  Figured out allergies.  Some are getting worse, some better. Weight is more than I would like, but trying not to gain too much more.  Would rather try to lose, but enjoy eating and not exercising more.

Finally “passed” Genetics and Evolution (2 tries).  Would like to try more, but just don’t have the time.  Have too many other things to fit in a day where I work at least 5 hours.  (it also means 1 hour prep time and 1/2 hour after just for driving and getting ready).  Still doing some teaching.

Everyone talks about the weather.  In Wisconsin, we had our coldest day ever in September.  A lovely 57 degrees, at least we are not getting the snow that is hitting Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming.  We not getting the rain that Iowa, Indiana and Illinois are getting.

I can’t even write 500 words in one sitting about nothing.  At least my spelling isn’t too atrocious.

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Virtual Learning-October 2013

I am currently taking a class in virtual learning.  Why?  I wanted to see what someone might have to say about it.

I found out that I am not really learning anything new.  This is because of the Master’s program at Full Sail where I learned all about virtual learning.

I have discovered that there are people out there who do not know what a management system is, a virtual learning environment or the difference between asynchronous or synchronous learning is.  (I did miss that question on the quiz-only because i got the two confused).

When the instructor mentioned LMS, I snickered, because she failed to mention Schoology and Canvas, two of the LMS systems that we used in our class with Dr. McBride.  She also mentioned “GoToMeeting” which we have used, but she didn’t mention Wimba, which we formerly used.

There are teachers who have never used Wordle, GoAnimate, or any of the other Web 2.0 applications that we learned about at Full Sail.

i am rethinking my time management and whether or not this is actually a “waste” of my time because I am not really learning anything new.  It is a short course and may lead to other courses…. I don’t know.

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April 2013

Still looking.  But at least spring has come to the area.  

Would be interested in teaching courses in integrating technology.  I have spent several years researching this area and wrote several papers.  (unpublished) on ideas for integrating technology into the classroom.

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March

Still trying to find a job.  Tried several libraries, but still nothing.  Working on getting something adjunct. 

New things to learn??? Not really sure.  Working on keeping up blogs, for one.

Will have to work on several more things at least. 

 

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