I can now breathe a sigh of relief. While last semester sent me into a spiral of letting the non-paid work slide, this semester is turning out a little more balanced. Thank goodness!
I have been able to keep OVS going, write, provide my students with feedback, and spend time with the family. Don’t ask me how. Part of it seems to be the class diversity. When you teach only writing classes, you spend a LOT of time grading papers.
I still work insane hours to get it all done. Mind you, I am not complaining. I am fortunate to have the work, and work in a field I love.
The writing is where I feel as if I need to try harder. If I am not producing work, does it make me less of a writer? I think that the practice of writing is vital to growth, but perhaps having “dry-spells” doesn’t make me less of a writer.
On that note…I have a poem to write!