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2010-09-21

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One year to go from full-time teacher to full-time writer. Can it be done? A blog documenting the.. change and sharing stories along the way.

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  • One For The Road
    on Mar 15, 2011 in The Day-to-Day Writing
    I. As you’re reading this Plot Curve is coming down. Yes, tiny men and women in dark blue uniforms have propped little ladders against my screen. They’ve climbed inside to pull plugs and unmake walls. Sparks are flying. There is … Continue...
  • How To Get Un-Distracted
    on Feb 23, 2011 in Relationships The Day-to-Day
    I. I lifted my laptop above my face with one hand so Henry could jump over me. Laptops aren’t that heavy. But I dropped it on my top lip anyway. There was a cracking noise and then swelling with heat … Continue reading →...
  • Altars
    on Feb 4, 2011 in Relationships The Day-to-Day
    Recently I wrote about stuff—well, objects in particular. And the irony of how certain objects acquired in relationships outlasts the pairing. I’m still thinking about this because that’s what I do: think and ponder and wonder, all the live...
  • The Life Inside of Nothing
    on Feb 4, 2011 in Relationships The Day-to-Day
    Recently I wrote about stuff—objects in particular. And the irony of how certain objects acquired in relationships outlasts the pairing. I’m still thinking about this because that’s what I do: think and ponder and wonder, all night, all day...
  • The Bigger/Better Thing
    on Jan 20, 2011 in Relationships The Day-to-Day
    I grew up in a big house with a big yard and a rose garden. When I left my childhood home, I continued living in big houses with roommates or old loves. And while I thought the space I inhabited … Continue reading →...
  • Gym (B)rat
    on Jan 13, 2011 in The Day-to-Day Women
    * First, a disclaimer.  To anyone who is turning over a new leaf this January and has decided to join the gym: I’m 100% in your corner. ** When I begin with a disclaimer, things could easily go either way. … Continue reading →...
  • The Plan
    on Jan 4, 2011 in The Day-to-Day Writing
    Happy.  What a loaded word.  It needs its own suitcase, on wheels, to carry all the gear attached to its meaning.  The hunt for happiness has driven many to the island of anguish and despair.  And it doesn’t matter how … Continue reading...
  • Brief Advice
    on Dec 16, 2010 in The Day-to-Day Writing
    I. It’s never a good idea to break the fall of a full stainless steel bottle with your naked toe. II. If your lover says they don’t want a Christmas present, give them a little something regardless.  Not a White … Continue reading →...
  • Woe Is School
    on Dec 10, 2010 in Teaching
    I live across the street from an elementary school where the students are currently at recess.  For the next 20 minutes a few hundred kids will scream bloody murder over bouncy balls and a muddy game of tag.  The playground … Continue reading...
  • Incredible People: Henry Miller (The Dog)
    on Dec 7, 2010 in Incredible People
    This photo doesn’t capture the joy Henry typically expresses when my running shoes come out.  I’m not sure why. I know he’s not a person but starting an ‘Incredible Animals’ page seemed weird. Besides the obvious signs...
  • Your Tradition Is Showing
    on Nov 30, 2010 in The Day-to-Day
    If a tradition is an important belief or custom passed down through generations, how come we don’t consider brushing our teeth a tradition?  Or grocery shopping? I’ve never heard a person say, I’m going to swing by the store and … Contin...
  • The One Where I Interview My Sister
    on Nov 22, 2010 in Relationships Women
    I met my sister when I was almost 8 years old at a sleep-over.  A year later her mom (who raised her) and my dad (who raised me) had met and were going to marry.  Most people think we’re blood … Continue reading →...
  • I See You
    on Nov 15, 2010 in Relationships Teaching
    Although I’ve previously said that becoming friends with my students was something I didn’t subscribe to, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t highly invested in a few of them.  I was reminded of this Saturday when Michael and I were running …...
  • I See You.
    on Nov 15, 2010 in Relationships Teaching
    Although I’ve previously said that becoming friends with my students was something I didn’t subscribe to, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t highly invested in a few of them.  I was reminded of this Saturday when Michael and I were running …...
  • Report Card
    on Nov 10, 2010 in The Day-to-Day Writing
    A lot of people have asked how things are going so I thought it was the perfect time for a reflection.  Here’s the low down: After ten weeks up and running, Plot Curve has had 2,162 “hits.”  Is that a lot or a little?  Thankfully Perez H...
  • Why Knot? Or: Waiting For A New Convention
    on Nov 5, 2010 in Relationships Women
    There are many titles I aspire to such as writer, painter, or teacher.  But beginning in the roots of teenage rebellion and carrying right through to this moment, I’ve never wanted to be a wife.  At 37 I’d say this … Continue reading U...
  • Why Knot? Or: Waiting for a New Convention
    on Nov 5, 2010 in Relationships Women
    There are many titles I aspire to such as writer, painter, or teacher.  But starting somewhere in the roots of teenage rebellion and carrying right through to this moment, I’ve never wanted to be a wife.  At 37 I’d say this makes for a pretty s...
  • Caridad
    on Nov 1, 2010 in Incredible People
    It’s difficult stringing together the perfect line about Caridad because my experience in knowing her is visceral; low to the ground.  She’s better defined as a sound: a chiming, bell ringing, slow whistle that moves through your bones a...
  • You Look Horrible Today: An Ugly Critique
    on Oct 22, 2010 in Writing
    Tucked in a warm house and enjoying the rain, some friends and I got to talking about constructive feedback and why it’s necessary.  It’s hard to think of a job where constructive feedback wouldn’t be helpful if there is a wish to...
  • Jean Pierre
    on Oct 19, 2010 in Incredible People
    He creates the specials, seats the guests, pours the wine and holds the babies.  He’s a fisherman and mushroom forager; a father, a brother and the boss.  He’s so casual in all these jobs you might think it’s easy.  It’s no...
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