Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November Plods Along

Welcome to Block

At school we're two days into a trial of A/B block scheduling and my head is swimming with schedule changes, lunch switches, and an overwhelming case of educational vertigo.

This morning I brought my 5th period class to the computer lab to work on their NaNoWriMo pieces and five minutes into class suddenly realized I had signed up for the second half of the 88 minute block, not the first half. I quickly scanned the hallway for what I expected to be an approaching herd of World Language students, a frowning colleague leading the charge waving a French flag as the stampede stormed our pseudo-Bastille. But the coast was clear, and not wanting to disrupt another teacher's careful plans, I reluctantly asked the students to log off and return to the classroom, clearing the way for the rightful group of students.

Back in the classroom, fifteen minutes into shifting to a new but semi-related activity, it suddenly dawned on me that I had looked at the sign-up sheet incorrectly (period 1 instead of period 5) and we were indeed supposed to be using the computer lab at that time. Soooo... I admitted my faux pas and drawing upon my seventeen years of teaching experience skillfully transitioned a way back into using the computer lab.

In other words, we ran like hell down the hallway before the French kids invaded.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

I'm writing alongside my students for the entire month of November. Unfortunately, I'm a bit behind. Er, um, okay, you got me, I'm very behind.

My goal is to write 50,000 words by midnight November 30.

My current total at (mark) November 10, 8:22PM-- 122 words.


Wait, can that go toward my word count? Please?

Novel update

I've been receiving Facebook messages and emails asking where things are with the submission of The Mist.

My awesome agent, Jan, submitted the manuscript and marketing plan to ten publishing houses about a month and a half ago and thus far the response has been--

(insert pin drop here)

--well, you get the point.

Is no news good news?

Got me.