Well, here it is...I wake up, open my eyes at an ungodly hour and off to work I go...
When I get there, I start the coffee machine in the teacher's lounge...teachers appreciate a good cup of coffee in the morning. As soon as I have mine, I rush to my room, where I meet...THE DESK. At this desk, I check my e-mail, prepare lessons, and take care of my teacherly "business" before my students arrive. Nothing Writerly here, just teacher stuff.
Once the bell rings, I start doing what I do best...I get 8th graders interested in literature. Right now, we're in the middle of our poetry unit. We read, discuss, analyze, and write poetic things... beautiful things that make our hearts sing with happiness. I love reading my students' work! This, of course, is my favorite time of my workday...the actual class time.
Once the students are gone, I sit at my other desk...the WORK DESK. This is where I grade homework assignments, stack files, and sort through important papers.
At around 4 pm...I pull myself away from one desk and head home to sit at another...YES...my WRITING DESK. And here it is, my little piece of heaven. At this desk, I check emails again, do a bit of research, and take care of the "business" part o writing...like putting together this post. See that bit of paper on the wall, that's my "brainstorming" wallpaper. It's Christmas wrapping paper (the back of it). I use it to prewrite / plot/ plan/ revise. Oh, and that's the cover of my book (a postcard of Under the Mesquite) framed on my tower.
Here's a closer look at my Creative Writing Wall...it's got post it notes with the plots of my Works-In-Progress, Six Little Sisters, and Daughter of the Locust...You can also see some character sketches of the sisters and a map of Coahuila, Mexico (the setting of Sisters) with their journey outlined in pink.
Once, I've had a chance to revisit story and peek at my Creative Writing Wall, I take a journal and pen in hand and head outside. I don't actually write at the computer too often. Most days, I like to sit on the porch and watch the sun set in the west while I meditate and do what I love to do most of all... create!
So there it is...a day in the writing life. Not outlandish or glamourous...but thoroughly rewarding! A blessing.