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Reading, ‘Riting, and Report Cards

Musings on a busy kick off to the month of June

We’re into the second week of June already and for me, it’s been a busy couple of weeks.

As you may (or may not) know, I work as a support teacher for an online school, something I’ve done since the fall of 2018 upon retiring from the public system after twenty years of teaching. I genuinely love my job. I work from home and can set my own hours. I support families who home educate their children, helping them make choices about curriculum, writing up individualized student learning plans, monitoring their work to make sure it aligns with BC’s learning standards, and… dun, dun, dun…writing report cards.

For some reason, the twice-yearly report card frenzie sets many of my colleagues on edge. Yes, it is a lot of work. Our report cards are quite detailed and require lots of thought to write. I actually enjoy writing report cards, though. Perhaps it’s because I love writing in general, so it is just another way of crafting words. (I jokingly say I actually only work three times a year – September, January, and June. If my admin is reading this, you know I am only kidding, right?!)

I try not to schedule too many other activities in June, but I have actually been doing a fair bit of other writing anyway as I finish up the Winter edition of DIVINE APPOINTMENTS. By the way, the readings for the SUMMER edition officially started last Friday, but it’s not too late to get in on following along. If you’re interested, go to the description page to find links to all the places you can purchase.

By the way, the SUMMER edition is also part of a bigger giveaway going on right now. You might want to check it out here: TRANSFORMATIONAL NON-FICTION GIVEAWAY

I’ve also found myself reading for pleasure in the evenings, too. I enjoy a good book and I’ve read a few lately. In particular, I enjoyed Terrie Todd’s BLEAK LANDING. Set during the depression years in Manitoba, I couldn’t put it down. I literally read it in one sitting. I know Terrie personally through InScribe, but she is actually becoming quite well known for her writing. It’s a lovely and well-written book with a compelling heroine and solid plot. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to her newest release coming out this summer.


Then another author friend asked if I’d be interested in reading her soon-to-be-released fantasy/speculative series. My answer? YAAAAAASSSSS!!! (True story. That is what I literally said to her on FB.) Dana Pratola is one of my favourite contemporary Christian authors and The Journals of Voren did not disappoint! In fact, I believe the first book in the series releases today. Her writing style might not be for everyone since she doesn’t shy away from potentially steamy content even though her books come from a Christian perspective. Perhaps that’s what I love about her. Her work aligns somewhat with my own. (Hers is a lot more intense, though.) Once the entire series comes out I’ll probably feature them all here. They are simply amazing. For now, you might want to check KINGS & CAPTIVES Book one of the series.

So, that’s the skinny on my busy first two weeks of June. I’m looking forward to the end of the school year and even more time to write and read! How about you? What have you been up to?

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