A Writer’s Identity Crisis

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“Are you a real writer?” One of my students asked me that this year.

“Sure, I am!” I proudly stated.

“Do you have a book?”

“No, not yet. Someday, maybe.”

I saw the rolling eyes. (Middle School!) I kept writing anyway. But I thought about this conversation, and I found myself asking the same question. Am I a writer?

Well, I’m a blogger. I have been for years now. I write “Slice of Life” stories with my friends at Two Writing Teachers (www.twowritingteachers.wordpress.com). I write book reviews. I write posts for the Nerdy Book Club (www.nerdybookclub.com). Is a blogger a writer?

I’m a teacher, so I write lesson plans and curriculum notes. Does that count as writing? I spend most of my time on this, so I’d like to think so. But no one ever reads that kind of writing, except maybe a principal or a substitute teacher every once in a while. If no one reads your work, are you a writer?

I write reflections about my reading. One of my favorite professional books from this last year is Writers are Readers: Flipping Reading Instruction Into Writing Opportunities by Lester Laminack and Reba Wadsworth. I read all the time. I’m a better reader than a writer, but I do write about my reading. I have flipped my classroom and my students are readers AND writers.¬†Does that make me a writer?

I’d like to think I’m a writer, but I don’t write every day. It’s a terrible problem! I make the common excuses: say I don’t have time, say something else takes priority, say I don’t have anything to write about. Maybe I’m not a writer. Hmm…

As I try to figure this out, I’ll keep writing. Maybe someday, I’ll be a writer.

 

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Slice of Life Tuesday: The 4th Quarter

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Kwame Alexander’s book, The Playbook, is divided into 4 parts — 4 quarters of lessons people should know to be successful in life. It is a fabulous guide for living, rich with quotes and good advice. Today we started the 4th quarter of our school year, and I’m thinking about¬†the lessons I will teach until June.

Our 4th quarter is actually split up into even more parts: spring break, more state testing, and the end-of-year celebrations and field trips. It’s a long quarter — from March 21st until June 8th. It seems like the 4th quarter will take as long to complete as the rest of the year all together!

We have a lot to do in this 4th quarter of school! Time periods in history, such as the Renaissance, in social studies, reading projects with podcasts (hopefully), and writing about literature. We will review character development, plot lines, setting, and theme. We will talk, write, and create.

In the 4th quarter, we will succeed…just like Kwame said!

 

SOLSC Day 6: Ouch!

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I won’t type much today. My left hand swelled this morning from yesterday’s fall. It feels like someone stepped on my hand and stood there on it for an hour.

Oh, well. It’s not broken. All but my ego is intact. I’ll just take it easy now.

 

SOLSC Day 5: Embarrassing Moment With Jammed Fingers

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Slice of Life Small LogoI fell down the hill and bruised my body, and my ego. I have to dump grease outside due to the (stupid!) septic system, so I carried the crock pot to the back door, put my shoes on, and prepared for the trip. Did I say “trip?” Yep, I did.

The liquid started to swish back and forth in the heavy pot, so as I walked out the door, I was trying to be more still, slowing down. What I didn’t think about was that we now have TWO steps down to the backyard, after new concrete was poured last summer. I slowly stepped down on the first step, but tripped on the second, thinking I was on the grass. Did I say “on the grass?” Yep, I did.

My whole body fell face-forward, onto the grass. The crock pot went rolling down the hill. I went down the hill on my chest (guessing the grease and dog poop made it slippery). I screamed and pushed up with my hands — ouch! My fingers must have jammed as the crock pot fell and I hit the ground. I can barely type this! Did I say “I can barely type this?” Yep, but I am anyway.

I took a shower and put my clothes in the washer. (I’m sure they are ruined, but they are just weekend clothes, anyway.) Now I’m off to take a nap. I may not get up again tonight. Oh, yeah. I’m grabbing an ice pack on the way to the bedroom.

Embarrassing! How was your day?

SOLSC Day 4: Book Lists

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Slice of Life Small LogoThere are so many book lists on social media! This lazy day was a long, leisurely look into book lists. I am most interested in those lists that may challenge me in the next few months of school. “We Need Diverse Books,” “Unputdownable Books,” “Recommended Picture Books for Older Readers,” and “2017 Releases From Latinx Authors To Add To Your TBR…” all caught my attention.

Now I’m sitting here, staring at my mail from Barnes and Noble and deciding which books to buy with my 25%-off coupons. Tough decisions ahead. It’s the weekend, though. I’ll enjoy it!

What are YOU reading?

 

SOLSC Day 3: Stay Home and Watch TV

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SliceofLifeSwagMarch2016My husband asked me what I wanted to do tonight (we were both home for a change). I looked at the movie listings, but I didn’t find anything intriguing. We were hungry, but we didn’t necessarily want to go out.

I said, “Hey, we have that fish in the freezer. Let’s just make that.”

“Are you sure? We can go out.”

“No, let’s just stay in and watch TV.” (It was already 6:00 — yeah, I’m getting old!)

Netflix it is. I just love this Blue Bloods marathon night at home. Peaceful. Quiet. Needed.

 

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