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I'm Baaaaack

I've just returned from Albany and work on the NYS ELA Regents exam. There are about twenty or more steps that go into making one test, each one involving a number of people. This session was for work on the practice test, as well as examining tests that have been field tested. Our goal is to choose tasks and passages that are accessible and fair to all students in the state. I represent the teens of Northern NY and rural students.

One nice byproduct of my time there is to meet other English teachers from around the state. We share lesson plan ideas, problems we face, and our successes. It is important that people take time to talk to those who care about the same things they do. Whether teachers, writers, artists, farmers, nurses, or contractors...we all need to commune with people who speak our language, share our concerns, and rejoice in similar achievements. Take time and reach out to someone in your field -- It is so rejuvenating!

Another plus about being in Albany this time was seeing my daughter and her boyfriend. She's attending Albany State to get her Master degree to be a school librarian, so I was able to see them after one of her night classes.

While I was there, I accomplished little in way of word output on my writing (I was so drained at the end of each day), but I did get some positive feedback on my recently completed work and was able to work-in-progress with teachers who work with my audience every day. It was quite encouraging!

QUESTION FOR THE DAY: Who lifts you up and encourages you? Who is your champion, sharing your joys? Who "speaks your language" and communes with you?


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Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Answer for the day: You! (We missed you last week! Lunch was too quiet.)

Also - thanks for the comments on SUGAR ON SNOW - it's back in Jennifer's hands now, so we'll see...
Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Well...Thank you very much for that...it made my day!

It is easy to cheer on a writer who is as good as you are!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for SUGAR ON SNOW - I predict it will do very well.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
I know the answer to that question. I can give you a list of several folks, actually, including angeladegroot and lurban and my offline friend Bill.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
I checked out Angela De Groot's livejournal and added her to my friend's list. Her posts about writing were interesting and she lives in the area where my parents used to live. Small world! (But as my husband says, "But I wouldn't want to paint it!")

Linda Urban came to our school to do a presentation...my students loved A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT!

Offline Bill, I don't know...haha

How wonderful to have the support of three people! When my daughter was despairing in high school about her treatment by various girls, I always told her if she had just one good friend, she should be thankful...many people go through life without a true friend.

Aren't we fortunate!?!
: )

Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
We are indeed. I wish that I could say "my husband" or "my kids" or "my parents" in answer to this question, but I cannot. However, it is lovely to have the support of other people who "get" me on so many different levels - not just writing, but life, too. Or not just life, but writing, too, depending on how one looks at it. And I'm so appreciative of all my lovely LJ friends, yourself included, who are willing to cheer me on!
Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
I am so looking forward to meeting you at one of the upcoming writing conferences!

Like you, I had hoped to discuss my writing with my family, but I've found life doesn't always work the way I want it to.

I am happy with what I get from them...my husband doesn't know allusion from alliteration, and dislikes poetry, but he is the best proofreader for the technical little details in my novel! (That's an accountant for you! haha) My mom lives far from me and doesn't have email, so I talk to her occasionally and she brags about me to her friends. My kids are living their own lives and busy, so don't have time to read what I've written, but give me inspiration and answer pop culture questions.

My brother Matt is very supportive of what I do and is so smart with his edits. One of my coworkers, Karen, is also an extremely good editor.

My best, though, is Kate Messner who has steered me toward where I needed to be. She is my mentor and guide. I would not be presenting a novel at a conference next month if not for her!

Edited at 2009-03-02 03:56 am (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
My hubby is #1 on my list of supporters who "get" me. I also have some critters who gently take my writing apart and help me put it back together again the right way.

Congrats on presenting the novel. Good luck!
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