I’m almost at the point where I will be free to start over… & I’m wondering how to start.

It's been a pretty insane little week with people coming in and me trying to just get through waiting for the newbie to get done with training. I have to work tomorrow and I wish I didn't because I'm getting more headaches more often and I just want to be away from work. It kinda … Continue reading I’m almost at the point where I will be free to start over… & I’m wondering how to start.

Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)

For once, the "To-Do List Monster" has kept quiet and not reared it's ugly head too often the past couple of months. Busy, busy, busy, and still not much of a to-do list. I never thought that'd make things worse as far as long-term goals went. Surprisingly, my most common procrastination method is more helpful … Continue reading Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)

#028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

Let's face it--if you've ever talked with a teacher, parent, student (or better yet, pretty much anybody with a shred of connection to education and isn't paid by the textbook companies), the issue of "standardized testing" comes up eventually...and never with a true smile. I became a certified teacher in 2008. When training in college, … Continue reading #028–What POSITIVE purpose does standardized testing have?

#010–What’s in a (pen) name? How do you find a good one & keep your privacy…sort of?

I got to thinking again about maybe using a pen name when I start submitting stories again. My main reason for this is simple: my last name gives telemarketers apoplexy. I can't imagine seeing a customer try to find it on a bookstore shelf, or somebody on a book-talk radio show trying to pronounce it. It's tough enough for people I've known a while, let alone complete strangers.