May has always been a busy time for me. Part of that stems from the fact that I am a teacher and winding up a school year is far more difficult that starting one out. There are SBAC tests to live through, field trips, school-wide Olympics, multicultural festivals, Open Houses, end of year concerts, graduations, promotions...and I am sure I am forgetting a lot here.
It's also a time of great reflection. And I have personally been reflecting on this school year a lot. You see, I have loved this year so much. Every Sunday evening when I'd be sitting miserably thinking about how early I'd have to get up the next morning, I'd remember the class I'd get to see on Monday morning and just like that, my whole attitude shifted. I'd be excited to get up.
So I've been thinking about that, and trying to figure out how to bottle some of that optimism to save for next year so that when the well starts to run dry (and it will, oh yes, it will) I'll be able to pull the cork out of the bottle with my teeth, swallow some back and say, "See? It ain't so bad."
And I've also been writing. New stuff.
I spent most of Jan, Feb, March, and April revising a very special book. I love this book, but I took a real risk by writing it, and I still have no idea what will become of it. But it is different and, well, it threatened to sap the very soul from me a few times. But then it was done....and revised....and....well, I felt so light. I felt brave enough to start something new.
I started in again with a picture book or two. Perhaps something involving a Space Hippo. Perhaps also something else involving a few of my former literary creations (*cough* good knight *cough*).
And then, well, I started typing a few words about something that I can only describe to you as weird, fantastical, heartfelt, and...weird (again.).
And in a few short weeks, I'll have TIME to pursue these crazy ideas full time! I can't wait!
So, that's what I've been up to.
How about you?