Working a full-time job at my age and maintaing a writing schedule that ensures two books a year is taxing, especially when one is teaching in a challenging area where he has never taught before -- no, I don't mean Harlem. I am referring to the subject matter. I have always taught to support my "habit" -- the habit or addiciton of writing. To feed that bug, the teacher's paycheck has kept me going all these years. Yes, even after a long, checkered career with over forty novels sold, I have to keep my day job. There is no such thing as a steady paycheck in writing anymore than in music, poetry, art, or being a marrionette operator.
So I am teaching drama -- theatre to high schoolers. So I am doing Yearbook with high schoolers. What is the saying? That which doesn't kill you can only make you stronger.
Yeah, sure. Uggg!
So if I sound a bit tired and challenged, I am. I am also determined to write the next novel, to see it through as much as I am determined to be the best drama teacher and yearbook teacher that Riverside High has ever encountered bar none. It's a juggling act for sure, and it is a dirty job, but someone's got to do it, and they were desperate to find someone, and I was desperate for work, so there was a meeting of the desperate. It will either be a huge blunder on everyone's part, or I shall rise to the occasion.
Meanwhile, gotta get some sleep. Happy Writing to All --