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Shifting into Low Gear


A new semester is getting ready to begin.  In fact, for many, it’s already begun.   But where I work, the first day of classes is next Thursday, September 5, and since all of my classes this fall meet  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the semester will begin for me on Friday.

It might seem odd, starting a semester at the end of the week, but I actually like it.  It gives me a chance to get all of the introductory material done and out of the way on that first day, let everyone enjoy the weekend, and then hit the ground running the following Monday.

That’s my plan.  Hit the ground running.  And we’ll run, more or less nonstop, until the semester ends on December 20.

You may be wondering, what does this mean for the blog?

It means that starting next week, it’ll be shifting into low gear, and I’ll be posting once a week instead of three times a week.  Tuesday will be Blog Day, and the monthly schedule will look like this:

1st Tuesday of the month (starting Sept 3):  WIP

2nd Tuesday:  GUMP/College Writing

3rd Tuesday:  Pot Luck

4th Tuesday:  Bookshelf.  (Ooh, a new category!)

5th Tuesday:  Not sure yet.  There are only three 5th Tuesdays coming up in the next few months (October 29, December 31, and April 29), so I’ll try to make them worth looking forward to.

Hope you enjoy the last few days of summer!

Are you happy to see summer end, or are you dreading it?


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Hello, and welcome to my blog! This is definitely a learn-as-you-go proposition, and I’m still figuring out how everything works and trying to feel my way around, but I’m very glad you’re here!

The blog has two primary purposes:

The first is to share my journey as I finish and publish my first novel, which I’ve been working on much too sporadically during my summer and winter breaks since 2006. With this section of the blog I hope to connect with other writers, sharing tips (please, please share your tips with me!) and keeping each other motivated during the slow times. I have a lot of slow times!

The second purpose of the blog is to develop a community for high school and college students and instructors. If you’re stuck or struggling at any stage of the writing process, this page might be a good place to go for tips and encouragement. Please feel free to ask questions and share your own experiences and ideas!

My plan is to blog twice (or maybe three times) a week, once for each purpose, though along the way, I’m likely to throw in a few curve balls that have little or nothing to do with either my own writing or teaching. It’ll be pot luck!

I hope you’ll keep checking back to see what’s new!

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