Just emailed my dean with the news that I will not be teaching this winter! Until I hit send I didn’t really believe it. This has been a tough decision and I kept going back and forth with it (not to mention Al having real issues with a paycheck-less me) but this is what I want to do right now. In class yesterday I looked at my students and thought, really can I do this? I will miss them! I will also miss the paycheck.
But on balance, I will not miss the grading and the time it takes to prepare lessons and getting all dressed up in my good jeans and trying to find the right shoes for the outfit and putting on make up and carrying a heavy book bag. Won’t miss driving in the snow. Won’t miss wishing for snow days and checking the news every two minutes. Won’t miss the parking lot closest to my buillding being full again.
So, five months (and who knows, maybe more) of full time writing. Such bliss! Finished the edits for The Paris Notebook this morning. Now just need to type them in. Argh. Thanks to everyone who sent links and articles and advice about passive voice. Interestingly, only one person had advice about making my hero more heroic. (Make him listen;-)