No Now available post today

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:47 pm
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Sorry, guys. I'm gearing up to a big writing seminar and just haven't had the time to gather links to the last two things I published.

Or, for that matter, gather links to all the things I'm putting up for preorder.

You see, I have a story a week until the end of the year (short story, novella, novel or collection) and they're all done. Covers, blurbs, all formatting for ebook and POD. And given that the last quarter of the year is always 110% insane for me, I decided to go ahead and get them all uploaded for preorder.

That way I can work on reformatting the Muirin stories and dealing with the silly season. There's a new SF novel coming, with a companion short story (short story is next week, novel the week after). I have several more Gods Above and Below short stories. A Muirin novel that I'm super-happy with. A lovely little Christmas novella with a lesbian romance between two mentally ill young women that I kind of fell in love with as I wrote. Plus several collections that I've put off publishing for oh, most of the year.

Lots of good stuff coming.

Even better, I've got two books done for next year, a couple of short stories, and I'm working on a new Drath romance novel right now that should come out in February.

So yeah, lots of good stuff coming. Just no links to it at the moment.

Once I get back home on the 30th I'll work on getting the links for everything up.

Have a great week, everyone!

Did I do something right?

Oct. 18th, 2017 05:22 pm
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Today, one of my kids went to the bathroom during class. When he came back, he was clearly upset. I asked what was wrong, and he started crying. It was upper grade recess when he went and some of the older boys were yelling at him when he went into the bathroom. I asked if he knew who they were, but he didn’t.

So, I got down next to him and said something like, “I’m sorry that happened to you. It must have been scary very upsetting. But the thing is, those kids are not worth your time or your tears. Good, nice people, the people that we care about, do not yell at us for no reason and make us feel bad. The don’t try to make us think there’s something wrong with us. Because there isn’t. There isn’t anything wrong with you and you don’t deserve to be yelled at. You deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. So don’t worry about them. They aren’t worth it. Take a deep breath, let it out (because kids never let out the deep breath they took unless they’re told to) and forget them. Don’t let them ruin your day. You’ve got better things to do.”

And it seemed to work. He calmed down, stopped crying, and he started working. In a few minutes, he was smiling and laughing. Even better, when we started writing a few minutes later, he was actually eager to write. The prompt for this week is a fun time they had with a friend. I said they could sit near the friend they were writing about. This boy, who usually has to dictate his writing to me and then copy what I wrote, actually started writing. It was amazing!

It left me with a good feeling. I finally feel like I did something right.

Project 52

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:17 am
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Click here for Week 42 )

Well, it's not a short story

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:21 pm
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The story I started the other day? That I thought would be a short? Nope, not a short. It's a novel. A new Drath novel with a lesbian/nonbinary intersex character in the middle of an action/adventure type mystery. I've got one and a half chapters and I already know there's going to be a whole hell of a lot of drama on this one. Hoping to keep it to about 50-60K but we'll see how the writing goes.

Especially since I have the seminar starting on Saturday. I'm in gear up phase, gathering things and trying to make sure I get it all done in time. Which, I hope, will including sewing those damned sushi leggings. Hasn't yet but I've gotten quite a lot of other stuff done so that's good.

I'm 200 shy of my steps for today which I'll get while my bath fills. I've managed to get the weights every day for about a week, right in time to go away and not have any weights to lift. *amused snort*

Also been doing pretty good on Inktober but there won't be one today. I'm out of time for it. Oh well, I'll work on it tomorrow. I'm happy I did 16 days straight. That's better than I expected.

I've got two stories uploaded for preorder so far. Eight more to go. I will do links... eventually. *winces*

Goals for tomorrow include ugh work, writing, getting the Now Available post up, getting a couple of Preorder Available posts up, uploading more stories for preorder, sewing those damned leggings, Inktober sketching (which you can find on my Instagram and that's about it.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

Tonight: 10/17/2017

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:51 pm
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Tonight went really well.  It's the first time I've done a medium practice circle, and while I was there I met a couple people that also put one on.  So it was a good choice.  I think next week I will attend the Weekly mediation at 7.   I need to practice a bit more this muscle that I have just touched base on.  Tonight with all the people around me, I needed to have personal touch, which grounded me quite well.  I was not able to connect well with out it.  Once I had that, the information was easier to flow.  Narrowed on the energy centers. When we were working as a group towards a common goal or focus, it was easier.  But when we spit up to pairs, it was bit more difficult to practice. 

But all and all I had fun, and I got a little more snippets of information.

I'm glad I went.

Class with Margaret is going well.  I just need to start transcribing all my audio into paper, as well as transferring information onto paper as well.

Lesson Plans

Oct. 17th, 2017 06:41 pm
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Ever wonder why you lesson plan? Weeks like this, I do. I generally start lesson planning the Wednesday before. That way, but Friday, I’m done and I don’t have to worry about them over the weekend. This week, I had the bonus of doing sub plans for Thursday and Friday. I got everything done and copied by last Friday and was riding high.

Then, this week happened.

First, my math plans flew out the window. I’d planned to review and test the chapter on Monday and Tuesday, but the review and test weren’t ready. That was fine; there were two lessons in the chapter that weren’t tested, but could be taught. So I taught one. Then, the review and test were ready. That was better, because I could do the review today, test tomorrow, and the sub could do the easy lesson on repeated addition instead of the hard lesson on compensation that I had planned. Perfect. I revamped my plans, went to the sub plans, easy peasy.

Now, tomorrow morning instead of ELA, I’m doing the CPAA test (yeah, not). So that means my ELA plans are pushed back a day. Once again, I’ll have to dive to my sub plans and make adjustments. Only these adjustments will ripple into next week and testing and all that jazz. *sigh* If I just hadn’t done lesson plans, it would have been so much less work. But my district has us turn the lesson plans into the office every Monday, so I have to. I suppose I could have put off the sub planning until this week, but I wanted to make things easier for myself this week. Oh, the irony.

Also, I have noticed that on Tuesdays after our staff meetings I feel crummy and defeated. My solution is that we stop having staff meetings. Think administration will go for it?

I need a huge favor, please...

Oct. 17th, 2017 06:23 am
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Guys, I need to ask a huge favor, if you can't, it's completely fine and I understand. I hate to even ask.

We got another huge bill from Norton's Hospital about two weeks ago for one of Lee's last two infusions for his low iron levels. I was able to work with Norton's and got part of it put one our payment plan and paid off the rest. It was hard but I made it work.

Then we got another $450 bill for the second infusion therapy from the hospital on Friday. It didn't come until after they'd closed at 4pm. I wasn't able to call them about it until Monday, yesterday. I'd hoped to add it to our payment plan, too.

They told me if they added it, because our total is over $5000, that it'd make our monthly payments almost double what they are now. There's no way that we can afford that so I had to go ahead and pay the newest bill. That ate up pretty much everything we had to live on until the end of the month when Lee's paid again.

What makes it bad, and awful timing, is that Lee's leaving for Bloomington Wednesday morning for his three day conference trip for Statewide, he won't be home until Friday. He'll have some meals provided while he's there but not all, especially his dinners.

I'm going to take stuff to Half Price books and Clothes Mentor to sell today, plus I've got a bunch of stuff posted tonight to eBay, it's why I'm still up instead of sleeping like I should be. I just don't know if what I can make will be fast enough, or pay enough, for what we need.

If they do sell, though, it'll be a huge help. What I was hoping is that you'd help me spread the word about my having stuff up for sale. If you wouldn't mind doing it, here's the link:

If you see anything you'd like, but don't like using eBay, just let me know, we can figure out what postage will be then add it on. I can do checks but would prefer PayPal if possible. My PayPal addy is If you don't have a PayPal account I can just invoice you for whatever you want to buy and then you can use either your debit or credit card to pay for it. I've done that for a couple of people and it works great.

I'm going to go try and grab a little sleep, I promise I'll check in later. Thanks, guys, as always, for listening! :)

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RTI will start Monday, we were told. Here are the lists of where the students will go. Do you want to do a “dry run” on Thursday last week? No? Okay, then, be ready to start Monday.

Guess what didn’t start Monday? *sigh* I was ready. I was excited. I dreamed about my RTI group all night. I planned yesterday. I even wrote it into my sub plans for Thursday and made the copies I needed. And then, no. We were told that it wasn’t starting because the aides haven’t had their training and weren’t ready. And we, the second grade teachers, are frustrated because now that we have the plan, we are ready to start. My group is a group of 5 students who need reviews in vowels, vowel sounds, and CVC words. This is not something that is going away; they need it now. We’re 10 weeks into the school year of second grade, and my group doesn’t have kindergarten skills. They need RTI.

But, no, not this week. Maybe next week.

In good news, we had a really fun assembly today. It was about having a positive impact on your school and not being a bully. The presenters were dynamic and entertaining and the kids loved it. It was noisy and loud and there was lots of music and shouting… what wasn’t there to love?


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