Hazy (Not so) Lazy Days of Summer – at Last!

The humidex is apparently 40 degrees in the Annapolis Valley today. The heat we get here, the kind that makes you feel like you’re moving in slow motion, is so different than in tropical climates.

I’ve been spending almost my entire summer revising a number of manuscripts, utilizing my newly-honed skills, thanks to having been mentored by Gary Blackwood last winter. I’m amazed at how much I learned from him – now if only it will make my work more desirable to publishers/agents, etc. I have to admit I’m really starting to enjoy the editing process. I’d like it even more if I was doing it under the instruction of a seasoned professional, I suppose. Hopefully, I’m accomplishing something on my own.

School will soon start again; Liam will return to Queen’s, Don and Shannon to Horton. I’m going to try substituting, a first for me. Some days, I just can’t see myself at the front of a classroom full of strangers, but other days, I think it might not be so bad. Time will tell…Hopefully, I’ll also be tutoring ESL students again, a job that really suits me. If I had to do it again, I don’t think I’d have spent quite so many years staying home and making children’s clothing. I think I would have enjoyed teaching at the elementary level. I suppose 15 or so years ago, I really felt I had to be home with my kids. Hindsight and all that…

About janlcoates

I'm a Nova Scotia children's author. My first picture book, "Rainbows in the Dark", was published in 2005, by Second Story Press. My young adult novel, "A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk" was published in the fall of 2010, by Red Deer Press.
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