Phew! I just submitted my final paper for one of the two grad classes I’ve been taking since April 9th. it’s a relief to be done. Although I’ve learned much from both classes, the bigger lesson is not to “bite off more than you can chew” (sorry for the cliche, but all my creativity is wiped the hell out). Anyhow, I’m done, but I could have absorbed more knowledge if I took one class instead of two. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but I was overwhelmed by literary thoughts that interrupted my life as a teacher, mother, wife, family member, and friend.
My biggest recommendation to students enrolled in higher education of any level is to go slower when possible. Don’t overload your coursework because your tuition covers 15-21 credits. Ugh! I took 21 credits once as an undergrad and was miserable. Schooling needs to be challenging but not miserable. Take an extra semester if needed.
I will be enjoying the rest of my MFA requirements, slow and steady. I have too many responsibilities beyond another college degree. I love my life to be filled with real people (not just characters in books), backyard places beyond my imagination, and things that might remind me of the people and places I keep in my memories. My point of this unedited post is to live life fully but not overbooked. I seem to learn much more from stepping stones and mini journeys. Big, overzealous leaps often end in clumsy pitfalls.
The final paper I wrote for The Long Story & Novella course made me realize how smaller can be bigger; majestic mountains can be seen in molehills; novels can grow from character sketches.
It’s been one year since my first post on Tales From a Part-Time Sunshine. I’m thrilled to report that I hit my 50th post on my first blogiversary which also happens to be my twentieth wedding anniversary. It was a good cause to celebrate. Continue reading “Celebrating my One Year Blogiversary: Shine on!”
Frankie – Eight-Weeks-Young
Louie – Five-Years-Old
I Hate Puppies! is contemporary canine fiction told in first-person by an adult sheltie who lacks puppy love for his adopted sister, an obnoxiously cute golden retriever. She moves in with the Lucchessi family when she’s eight-weeks-old and has been a pain in her brother’s tail ever since. Continue reading “Coming Soon: I Hate Puppies!”
Oh my my! So many things have been going on the past couple months that I have neglected my Part-Time Sunshine blog. I want you to know that I’m still here, and things are going to be brighter for this site and other writing endeavors I have in the works. Continue reading “Don’t Forget to Write: I’m Sorry it’s been Awhile.”
Here’s all I have for this blog.
I am overwhelmed, friends. I can’t get my thoughts straight. Maybe it’s the Hashimoto’s. Maybe it’s the puppy. Could be the thought of the wine I will reward myself with after my tasks are done this gorgeous Saturday. Continue reading “Should I build a website tonight? I’d rather drink cab, pet my puppy, and scrub my toilet…”
I’m a high school English teacher and love summer break as much as my students do. Summer is for fun. Summer is the time to relax and recharge. Summer is socializing, exercising, and napping. Summer is the time to read more books. Summer is the time to write a book. Continue reading “I Need More Time and Space: Part-Time Sunshine’s Summertime Dilemma”
I love the sound of my own writing voice. I can listen to my composed words all day long, like a favorite Bruce Springsteen song. I especially enjoy reading aloud to myself. During these private performances, I literally laugh and cry at my own words, pat myself on the back, and swoon over a lovely phrase. What I adore most about my writing voice is how lyrical, poetic, punny, and funny I think it is. Continue reading “I Love my Own Voice: Confessions of a Narcissistic Writer”
All I want to do on my day off is…
Pet my dogs, play Pac-Man, and write stories.
Louie – Five-Years-Old
Frankie – Eight-Weeks-Young
Is that too much to ask?
I am not a tech savvy person. Quite frankly, I feel like Wilma Flintstone when it comes to staying caught up in the information age. One might think that I’d be more like Jane Jetson. After all, I am a cyber teacher, run this blog, teach at an iPad high school, can publish online school newspapers, and live with a techie husband and two teenagers whose thumbs can text a novel before I can get my iPhone friend Siri to define “streaking” on Snap Chat (FYI – does not involve opening up a trench coat to your birthday suit). Continue reading “Technical Difficulties: Building a Blogging Platform, one Story, Tweet, and Pin at a Time”
Dear Mother Nature,
I want to start by saying I love you and all that you do, but I must voice this complaint from Northwestern PA. Three days ago, the calendar marked the start of spring, yet I woke to a fresh layer of snow. Also you blew my garbage can over, again; you did that two weeks ago and caused me a lot of problems, remember? In case you forgot, read White Trash All Over the Place.
Continue reading “Dear Mother Nature…I Must Voice this Complaint”