It’s Manuscript Mania!

Hey y’all!  I thought I’d touch base again, and talk more about my manuscript.  It’s really coming along!  I started working on it daily and diligently just before the start of the new year, making it a strong habit to write daily, even if I’m only writing into a random journal.  My husband helps with the editing process on the more serious pieces.  I write, or lately, rewrite, give it to my husband for an opinion, and depending on his opinion of the piece, I reread it for revisions.  It’s a process, but we’re a great team.  My husband and I.

I’ve been pushing myself so much, I have a few pieces in limbo.  For example, I’m rereading to rewrite one, and my husband has three different ones in his email inbox waiting for him.  They either need a directional opinion, or a final proofread for grammatical mistakes.  A couple of them are pieces I’ll be submitting to Chicken Soup for the Soul!  The others, are my book.

I just finished with “Not Quite Nestle”, a story about my mother’s Christmas cookie disaster, and what exactly happened.

I spent some time revising a story I titled “What’s That Smell?”, about the birth of my daughter and a visitor I never expected.

Another story I’ve been working on, I titled “A Little R to R (Rest to Recuperate)”, a story I wrote about finding time for myself.  With all the stress in life, everyone needs a moment to themselves, to take a deep breath, to shake your shoulders, to meditate, or whatever you have to do to gain a better grip.  Finding time for myself came one step at a time.

I wrote a funnier story about Christmas awhile back, and decided it needed revising.  “Merlyn’s Christmas Cat’astrophe” is about our oldest cat and her first Christmas.  Kittens will be kittens.

That isn’t all.  There are more, but these are the more recent pieces.  I’ve spent all this time working on them, since just before the turn of the new year.  I’m up before the sun every morning because I teach English classes in a virtual classroom in China.  When I don’t have a class scheduled, I use that time to write and revise because the house is super quiet, peaceful, and still.  Time flies when you’re having fun.  I can’t wait to see it finished in April when I submit it for publication!

 

 

Weekend Fulfilled

 

Hey y’all!  How is your weekend kicking off?  Did you remember to reset your clocks before you went to bed Saturday night, for daylight savings time?

 

I had my fingers crossed to book classes for Friday night into Saturday morning, but then our internet was in and out, so I used the time instead to work on other things.  I can’t rely on the internet connection for teaching purposes, but a choppy internet connection gives me enough access to play with clip-art images, to print out classroom props.

 

I don’t go out anymore.  Not like I used to.  Once a week is my average unless there’s other business to do—like a doctor appointment.  Well, I went out with the family for dinner, at my dad’s request because he wanted to get out of the house.  My husband had prescriptions to pick up, so we took care of it all at once, stopping in at the Walmart after for his meds in addition to razor blades, drinking straws, and some after dinner donuts.  Normally I avoid the Walmart but went this time because it’s literally ‘right there’.

I hate shopping in-store, but this in-store experience wasn’t horrible.  My husband even chose to use the self-checkout line to cash our order out.  I personally hate self-checkouts, but I didn’t say anything… I just stood back and watched.

 

I made my way from Friday night into Saturday morning without much issue.  I didn’t book any short notice classes, but I did use the time to prepare for when I would, waiting until the wee hours of the early morning before crawling into bed.  About the time I would have finished submitting the after-class feedback.

Saturday night into Sunday morning is a different story.  Not only did Daylight Savings Time start at 2am, I booked to teach a class at 3am.  China doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time like the United States, so it didn’t make a difference on their end.  On my end, I’m pulling an all-nighter.

Teaching my first class…OMG!  I was nervous, anxious, shocked, and I got a little teary-eyed too.  I didn’t physically cry, but the opportunity to visit China, and observe the Chinese culture through the life of a child I’m teaching how to speak English, was nearly breathtaking.  I was nervous because I’ve never physically taught a class, or someone who wasn’t my child, but I’m so happy I did.  My first class didn’t go as smooth as I imagined it would, and many say it never does as my student was experiencing ‘screen freezing’, but we made it through the lesson, and she pronounced everything perfectly.  I gave her 5 stars!

Now it’s time to close this out.

Y’all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thanks for reading!