Week 2

Hi all! Hope you are finding tools to keep you busy and a routine that makes the days go well.

Those of you still plugging away keeping a semblance of continuity in our days – you are the best ever. Superhuman in all ways imaginable. When life gets you down or overwhelmed, remember that there are one or two of us for every three, I hope, that realize the steps you are taking to keep life going. The stress you may be feeling, I am sure is unimaginable, but it will work out.

I’ve been helping some with sending food home to our students, but it is a small part and all I can say is that it is nice to have a groove to follow. One week and I was losing my little mind and I love home time. As I may have stated a time or ten …

One of my favorite things to do while ‘working out’ (yoga ball and I treat it like a toy – but my back is happy), is to watch writing or reading vlogs on Youtube. Two of my favorites are Katytastic and Merphy Napier. Ms. Napier had a piece in the last two regarding “The Lord of the Flies.” Now no getting mad at me please….

I read it twice in high school, and I believe I have reached 4 times since I started teaching here. How I hate the story – but that is not the point. The cover… the newer one… the boy with all the leaves surrounding his face…. anyone else think of all the bare trees that would have happened had our current circumstance made it there?

Odd things and my brain. What can I say?

With that piece of ridiculous thought going on I am going to bid you adieu for now. Remember we are in this together. I need help remembering that from time to time but I hope you all have your routines that will help.

Take care one and all!

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

Howdy World!

How you doing? No, seriously! HOW! ARE! YOU?

If you don’t respond, that’s fine. I pretty much expect everyone wants to keep to themselves. Just remember someone cares and if you need to talk, here I am!

As for Me? Why thanks for asking! I am plugging away getting lessons ready to send home. I’m also planning for online activities that hopefully I can use to push the kids’ forward a bit with more fun rather than drudgery, but that is a small piece of my puzzle.

Last I heard, no cases were identified in my area… and yes, how lucky I am I know. I also am realizing my little moments of humanity are gonna cause me solid heart failure (thought a payment was on auto but nooo…)… it is in resolution so moving forward is the only way to go. I prefer to be perfect though, so this is highly unacceptable behavior… (sigh)… Anyway… thanks for lending an ear.

I have made minor additions to my story in the last two days, but the ideas I have jotted down in the last 3 weeks? Wow. Can’t wait to put them to good use. Once I get past my humanity adrenaline kick, I intend to read some of a friend’s work from classes, and draw a bit to add to my latest round of ideas. Yes… stir crazy can happen to the homebody introvert as well, apparently. So… I am having a creative round and now I just need some photography jobs or missions of some sort that can add to my non-teaching hours.

Thoughts? … Hey, maybe I will actually write HERE more… What a novel plan!

As for the rest of it. We are doing what we can. Care for those around us, and that may mean staying home for our own peace of mind. For once, being a homebody can pay off.

Find some joy in your life and if you need teaching ideas let me know. I have a few, plus a bunch of online sources that have opened up for free so school can go on (Some are listed below).

(Kinda feel like you poor readers need headers with the way my mind skipped around up there… So 1 – How ya doin, 2 – How’m I doin, 3 – What’m I doin, 4 – Humanity is me, 5 – Writing, 6 – Back to How ya doin sorta….) (shakes head in resignation, but refuses to erase and start over for fear of just not posting)

I will call this good and hope I can put my scattered brain back in order before next time.

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

Favorite Sources: worksheets: Math-drills.com, Readworks.com. Online: Scholastic, Brainpop, abcya… those I use and have opened up to everyone but maybe this link would be better. Take care one and all!

130+ Amazing Online Learning Resources

Holy Gehasophat!

Life sure got in the way, with my permission, and I dropped the ball in a bad way.

Sorry for my absence but shifting gears from writing on a constant basis, getting through to the holidays, then hiding in my house (see, no excuse) for the entire break speaks highly of the time I needed for me. It however, does nothing for my mission to keep contact and add to my tale.

Now that break has passed, and we are 3 weeks into the new teaching year, I am just finding my way back to writing. I found a new, or rather, updated, version of note taking that is pushing my ideas back into addressing the past in my story. Building blocks are finally surfacing that make sense and tie to my life as an educator in a way that stick with me throughout the day.

Now if I could keep my focus on art at home…

The note taking took I am referring to is Sketchnoting. It is well worth your time if you need ways to keep ideas in mind without losing focus as you take notes. A mix of text and art, it helps add creative ways to remember what is needed.

Now that you know I am still alive and kicking, what is new in your world? Have you kept better focus than me? I hope so…

Take care one and all – til the next time I surface.. or tomorrow.. whichever comes together. 😀

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

I made it…

Okay, so that is a bit redundant after last post, but I made it through November  writing at least a little every day and achieved a total of 55,141 words. Today… just the last few minutes in fact, I have begun editing my very pathetic spelling that I let go of in favor of getting the ideas into text.

It sucks. not the idea of putting things right, but the fact that the darned program shifts corrections every which way, combining words and whatever else the stupid program wants to do and it is driving me nuts! Why can’t it just work like other programs I am used to. It seems I will have to copy to word, then fix and re-paste… what a waste of technology….

At least that is my view. Anyway. Enough whining and lets just say – December has arrived! I have 13 teaching days til Christmas break and may I just say, I am as ready for it as the kids?

I am as ready for break as the kids and I am still on the edge of Thanksgiving… good grief.

My goal is to edit all month long and start to expand in the next three months… lets see how things go… wait… amending that… as I edit, lets see if I find all the little tips I left myself for plot line growth that I created during NaNoWriMo… Whew! I actually had some great ideas that tied in as I wanted, but knowing me I will zip right past them or have them so misspelled that I will miss the boat entirely…

Ahhh… the joys of being NOT patient with myself.

Hope you all are better in treating yourself with care.

Til next time!

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

I made it with time to spare…

50,135 words and I plan to write over the course of the next three days just to see how far I can get. I have been working on book 2 and I like this character and plot line in the fact that it will be tossed out the window but some of the bones will be used in the editing phase. I mean really… I have never been so full of it as I have been this month.

Yesterday was Dad’s birthday and what did he say when I told the folks that I was nearly there? “You’re just like your Uncle Tom. Full of it.”

No doubt but really…. Now I think I’m gonna go collapse and bask in success a bit.

Hope you all have a great week – Thanksgiving if you celebrate it! Take care one and all. 😀

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are.

Kath

40,000+…!

Holy Cripe! I am going to make it!

Whew… now that I got that said, I can carry on to other things… that really are just more NaNoWriMo bits. I know that I can make things up on a whim when needed, but good grief! I cannot believe the level of BS that I pull off in a very short time. Not one plan. No more than a random thought about what could happen comes to mind.

Gotta wonder how I manage it.

I know that I am an honest do-gooder on a daily basis (uh huh, I know… says I), but I can tell you that I might have been a pretty good bad guy should I have chosen to be. Here is the crux of tonight’s thought. If I can be that fluent in … ok.. lets just say it, we’re all adults here… I think… Bullshit. There said it. I am fluent in every sort of Blarney I have attempted, and yet I have NO IDEA how to define my bad guy.

I have an idea about the drive, and my students sparked an idea 2 weeks ago- but darned if the thread wasn’t lost in the midst of ending the school day…

So … if any of you have great bad guy drafts to suggest…

Hope your last 2 weeks have been good to you.

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

PS – maybe sooner if you have that bad guy draft… yeah? … 😀

Hello world. 

 

I am nearing the halfway mark on my story and while I have over 26,000 words on my device, that didn’t translate to full 25000 on the NaNoWriMo website.  It is over 23,000, but I have a few days that I need to catch up on since I didn’t hit my minimum of  1672, I belive it is, per day. Had a few days I was lucky to pull of 500 words that put a kibash on the success rate . In the meantime, I have survived a full moon at school – anyone in the education, or emergency fields.. has kids… can probably relate to my train of thought there.

I also have a number of sketching ideas that i would live to do ,but lo and behold, why? Why would I focus on drawing when writing comes more naturally? Because I have ideas I need drafted for my story, but I would rather work in tandem with someone who is very good at sketching, than try to muddle my way through on my own…

Oh well. Here’s’ to sucking it up., and giving it a shot anyway. Right?

So, how have you all been? I hope well in spite of any dilemmas you may have had to face. If nothing else, you know you are not alone in this crazy adventure called life. Hang in there. Put the kids to bed early. Go to bed early yourself, if need be.

Hope your  creative selves took a moment to breathe and enjoy this week. Til next time.  Good morning , good night wherever you are!

Kath

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.

Kath

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.

Kath

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.

Kath