Friday, February 23, 2018

Landed a New Contract!

It was not even on my radar that today might be THE DAY. 

I was busy packing for an overnighter with my daughters when the phone rang. I thought I heard my son's name on the caller ID, so I didn't pick up because I was in a little bit of a trip prep frenzy. I was about to text and ask what he needed when I heard my editor's voice on the answering machine. 

I dropped everything and ran - literally RAN - across the house to find the phone. Yes, we still have a landline. I have no explanation. 

The offer was for a two-book contract, and even though I had submitted a proposal for three books, disappointment didn't even register. I was thrilled. And slightly terrified. Now comes what I've been working for and also dreading...writing books on firm deadlines. But then, my word for 2018 was LEAP, and scheduling deadlines for two complete manuscripts in one year is a leap I'm excited to take. 

The next two books will round out a three-book mini series that starts with Dying to Remember, which reminds me...

About an hour after my phone call with my editor, my advanced copies of Dying to Remember appeared on my porch! 

It was an epic writer's day, to say the least. I'll be offering a giveaway soon, so stay tuned!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The New Student

Last week, I attended the first class for the Adjunct Certification program I signed up for at the college where I teach. I entered the classroom feeling nervous and curious. I left feeling inspired and energized. 

Elie Wiesel once said:
I love the idea of walking in the footsteps of those who've gone before me, especially in the teaching arena. Prior to my first semester of teaching two years ago, I hadn't stepped foot in a classroom in more than a decade - and never as an instructor. As it turns out, passion and subject matter expertise can carry a new instructor pretty far, but I found myself wishing I'd had some formal training. 

As I faced different challenges within my classrooms, I became curious to learn how other teachers facilitate their lessons - and what I could do to improve. This class I'm taking offers just that: a chance to learn from the instructor and my peers, and to be introduced to materials I wouldn't otherwise have the slightest idea of how to search for. For a time, I will walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before, making new paths with my own footprints from time to time as I grow in knowledge and confidence. So glad I took this LEAP, and can't wait to see how the class unfolds.