Monday, September 28, 2015

Healing and Moving On

For the first time in my life, my passwords are not directly correlated to my manuscript-in-progress.

This is a big deal for me.  It means I've given up on my current writing project and chosen to focus on something else for a while.  And this hasn't happened in a long time.  

My change in password indicates three significant events.  

First, I've decided to take a break from novel writing.  My latest novel failed to find favor with an agent, which is both heartbreaking and heartbreaking.  

Second, I'm teaching a new class, which has inspired my creative side.

Third, I'm healing my mind and body through positive food changes.

So. . . . . . 

#1 Reading 

One can't be a writer unless they read widely in their genre.  I plan on reading as much as possible in the next six months.  On my short list:

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Conversion by Catherine Howe

The Watershed by Wilden Turk

#2 Lesson Plans

I am creating new lesson plans.  This year, I'm teaching four different classes, and one is a senior AP Language and Composition class.  This gives me the opportunity to branch out and try new things, like college essays, new projects, and new concepts.  I'm excited and terrified, but have high hopes for this class. 

#3 Mind and Body Healing

My physical and mental healing all started with It Starts With Food by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig.  

Okay, that's not true.  It started with my friend Sam, whole told me about the Whole30 way of eating.  Since then, I've gone 95% Paleo, including excluding dairy and all grains.  Meat, veggies,fruits and spices it is.  I'm loving it and hating it.  But mostly happy with the results.  I won't lie, though.  I'm still indulging in red wine at night.  It'll be a miracle if I give that up.  

These three changes have helped heal my mind and body.  I physically feel better, and mentally feel more organized. Creatively, I feel happier, and less "forced."  I'm enjoying literature again, and I hope those positive feelings will transfer over to my own writing when I feel ready to dive into it again.  

I've heard that teaching is one of the hardest professions out there.  I've heard the same about writing. Considering I'm a slave to both, there is no shock that I'm usually stressed.  For now, I'm trying to set that stress aside in an attempt to enjoy both of my professions in a way I haven't in a long time.  

If you want to discuss writing and books, I'm ready.  And if you want to talk Paleo and Whole30, I'm all ears. Mostly, I'd just love to hear your thoughts. 

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