Whoo hoo! 14,000 and counting… :D

Back again, three days in a row. Do you see an avoidance tactic in play? If not you should sure see a knack for using this platform as a method of reaching my word count for the typing slash writing day.. yup… there we are with two more to expand it.

So, I took a good long look at my water paintings and yup… we need to do a little more work on the technique. All is well in the idea and application, but there is such a mishmash of colors on both projects that it is hard to tell they are painted or just rapidly dunked. The best part is that there are small areas that the black metal still shows threw. Nice contrast, but if it had happened in more places it may have had a cooler effect on the overall plan. On to phase two and that requires figuring out what phase two is.

Ideas? I am open to them like always. My plan had been to keep going with another thought but the dog is demanding entrance out of the frigid night air, so I will save that for the moment and bid you Adieu.

Til next time. Good morning, goodnight where ever you are.


Whoooaaa. Two days in a roowww…!

Today I played with a new form of art. At moments I have been known to play with spray paint art for kicks… and have had fairly good success if I may do say so myself. After purchasing a couple metal working pieces from Redline Steel… sound like a free lance advertising agency with two posts like this but… I played with spray paint and water to color them. This was a student driven idea as I had purchased a custom piece that says Create, and I wanted to make sure the message was seen for what it is meant to be. Art in its purest form.

That being said, it was a success. My fingers are semi permanently maroon, peach, red and gold. The blue and green didn’t stick as well, but this is an adventure I will have to try again as soon as I can. Given the temperatures we are in store for, I am half expecting the paints to explode now that they are in a temp controlled environment, namely the house. If I walk in in and faint from odors… well, you will hear from me eventually… I will be that human for sure. I try not to over share, but the goofy things I set myself up for… yes. Most definitely.

As for the success of painting the metal signs, – they worked well, but not necessarily with the intended color layering I had in mind. Oh well. In my world that means I have the perfect opportunity to do this again… on the same piece and layer the paint until I am seeing what I hope to see. If the view I had earlier proves to be true they do kind of look a bit like a preschool finger paint job. Maybe I will like them dry. My student definitely will see what a mess I made before I continue though.

One thing I have learned this year, – take advantage of my students’ creative minds. Anyone else find that to be more rewarding -even when  a mess occurs – than you expect it to? I sure am. With that thought in mind, I shall bid you a temporary far thee well.

Good morning , good night wherever you are.


NaNoWrimo and other crazy stuff.

Over the last six months I have become far too embroiled in what has become a Zox (elastic strap/bracelet) fetish. This includes old stocks that I have never heard of, new ones that I missed or missed when I first joined the company, or seasonal collections that come in sets of 6 with an extra that you earn by sending in the corresponding cards. When I saw that each was numbered to go along with the positive quotes and such, my overzealous brain went, Oh heck yeah! Collectibles, collectibles Collectibles. Whole my appreciation has maintained with the unique qualities of the items, the chaos of finding the right sets when very few of what I really am looking for come my way is annoying as, excuse me but, hell.

So I turned into something more. I started saving the old straps I don’t need or want, and began passing them out at school to my students. Soon I had help from somewhere along the lines of six or seven other Zoxers as we like to call ourselves. That is what has kept my sanity through this crazy mess. This bit reminded me daily how the little things in life make a huge difference in another’s day. To me, it was a simple gesture that I hoped would … okay, I’m going to say it,  bribe… the kids into better behavior and more cooperation.  So far so good on that mark.

My only real concern now is that I must let the spending ease a bit, but I also hope to get ahead of the game and buy the troops more before school is out if not sooner. This one human band though, I got that down too well and often get myself backed into a corner, Fortunately, my crew seems to get it. I will find a way to get extra to get rid-ofs again soon.

Thank you for listening to my crazy little rant on my own inability to remain focused… Oh yeah, HI WORLD, I really am still out here. I just let myself get sucked into school and out of my routine… whoops. Not much of a routine maker am I huh?

Anyway, thank you again for being part of my crazy journey for the day. I hope that we can work together again soon and I will have another happy train of thought to share. In the writing Realm, I have surpassed 12,000 words on day 8 for NaNoWriMo… not too bad.. not too bad at all. 😀

Happy day one and all.

Good morning, good night wherever you are.



Today, I shared a little bit of my story with a student that I have been trying to reach for months. The way they lit up, and shared their vision of what I could do with this story gives me a special kind of hope that will possibly bridge the gap between their interests, and my teaching style.

To have known how easily fired up this one could be is something that I wish they all would share. On top of that, I shared their view with another of their peers – same result. The excitement to extend time with creative writing prompts and activities absolutely made my day, as well as brought about a chance for greater success.

Oh how I wish my natural self would ask the right questions more often.

With that little bit of run-on sentence excitement I am going to leave you and ponder the depth of possibilities that are now in front of me.

What new ideas and possibilities are you facing?

Hope they are plentiful and enjoyable.

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!


Holy Jehoshaphat!

Talk about time flying and my attention span diminishing to not a complete thing beyond teaching. So sorry world, but I do exist. This crazy thing called a writing adventure is still in the works, though I have taken a few weeks off to focus on the year starting. I meant to have a moment on or near the 11th to properly pay tribute, but the focus again was on what I wanted the kids to learn.

I have no major revelations to share, though I still hope each and all of you are taking a moment to relish your creative talents.

Wishing you all a blessed day and for those like me, a break from the annoying little bugs.

Take care one and all!

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!



Holy Missed the Boat Batman…

I promised that I would write, and keep in touch better over the summer… LIES! All of it LIES!

Well… not all of it. I did write and meet my goal of 35,000 words not just before school starts (next week), but within 29 days in July. Whooo!

I have otherwise spent my time focused on decompressing, and planning for next week. I have big dreams and high hopes that are overlapping with maintaining the plans for what has been working with the younger troops.

I cannot wait to see how my ideas pan out, and hopefully have yet one more year that teaches me the joys of educating our youth. They never fail to amaze me.

Have a blessed and happy day!

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!


Happy 4th of July – Happy Summer Day…

Whichever suits you best. So far I have read roughly a book a day, been through Flash, Madame Secretary, and now am on Supernatural binge watching.

In July alone I’ve put together over 4500 words with a goal of 35000 for the month, and hope to hit closer to 80000 total – another 15, by mid August.

I am also working on gathering bits to create a fairy garden/ mini version of my creative world. 😀

Being a bum is my goal for summer because school will come round much too soon.

This is me decompressing and taking care of myself.

What are your favorite tools?

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!