Monday, August 15, 2011
A new beginning (or, Cassandra's kick in the pants)
When most people think about the year, they think from January to December. Not me. Like many of my fellow teachers, my "year" goes from August to June. Instead of thinking in terms of 2011, or 2012, I think "2010-2011" or "2011-2012." When other people get nostalgic on New Year's Eve, I'm still thinking of it as the middle of a year rather than the end!
For that reason, this is the time of year that I start getting nostalgic, and motivated. I wouldn't say this summer was a great time for me, creatively speaking. I went on some fun trips with the hubby, and spent a lot of time working out and straightening things around the house, but I didn't do nearly as much writing as I would have liked. I didn't even read as much as I wanted to.
Now that a new school year is beginning (I go back Monday, yikes!!!!), it's like I'm getting a sudden kick in the pants. Last week, I finally finished cleaning up a manuscript that's been sitting on my hard drive for what seems like an eternity. Not only did I clean it up and sub it, but it was accepted! Yay!
On top of that, I've been working on the sequel to that book, and I've also gotten a bit more done on another story I've been plodding along on. In a week, I've accomplished almost as much, writing-wise, as I did in the two months prior. I can't decide if that's awesome or kind of pitiful.
This is the time of year when I feel like I have to cram as much as I can into the last dregs of summer. It's a time full of possibilities, when I look forward to meeting my new students and finding out what gets them excited about learning. It's also a time when my creativity is refreshed and renewed. Just like January 1 for many people, it's a new beginning--and I'm ready to get started!
Any parents out there getting ready for a new school year with their kids? Any fellow teachers? To everyone else, when is your new beginning?
"Gay romance with a heart of gold"