Friday, October 22, 2010

Thankful

I have so much to be thankful for, but today I'd like to thank Lori, one of my critique partners, for sparking an idea that has turned into a job. (You've seen the stack of books on my nightstand. I need another job to support my habit!)

When she mentioned last spring that her boys were part of a Writing Club that creates the school newspaper, I got really excited. You see, as much as I enjoy writing, my graphic design work is what helps pay the bills. But a school newspaper combines so many of the things that I love: writing, design and working with kids.

I put together a proposal for the school where my kids attend and I substitute teach. The principal thought it was a great idea and starting next month, I'll be leading a Writing Club for 3rd through 6th grade. I've been making my lesson plans, figuring out what topics we need to cover and looking for fun ways to get kids excited about writing. Best of all, they're actually paying me to do this! Woo-hoo!!

That's what I'm thankful for today. What about you? Got any good news to share?

24 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thankful I had a good seminar yesterday!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

That's awesome! Congrats.

I'm thankful it's Friday. And thankful that this time next week, I'll be at WFC in Ohio with writer friends. Yay! :)

Indigo said...

Thankful for the weekend and husband time. We don't get to spend much time together during the week.

Brilliant job offer. Nothing like a job that inspires and you love. (Hugs)Indigo

Christine Fonseca said...

SO AWESOME!!! And let's see - thankful - I am thankful for my CP as well - who got me writing at least a little bit this week

Christina Lee said...

THAT is made of awesome!!!!!

KarenG said...

This is so brilliant. Way to go! Win win win for everybody!

JEM said...

That is super awesome! Congrats, it sounds like a ton of fun. Share your experiences on the blog, I'd love to hear more about it.

Becky Levine said...

Congrats-yay for you for going for it!

Carolyn V. said...

That is so cool!!! I'm thankful for a little bit of quiet. I may have to pick up my lappy and do some writing. =)

Kristan said...

Yay!! Congrats. That will be so wonderful, both for you and the kids. I loved working on yearbook in middle school and the newspaper in high school.

lotusgirl said...

That's the best. Getting paid for something you love. I'm glad you're having fun with it. I've had a great idea for one of the characters in my book. So at least there's that.

Krispy said...

Congrats on the awesome job! I loved doing newspaper in high school. You're all going to have so much fun. :D

I'm thankful it's the weekend again! I'll be doubly thankful if it doesn't rain on my way home from work today. Fingers crossed!

Clarissa Draper said...

You know my good news but I think that what you're doing is so wonderful. Good for you! You will leave a lasting impression on the world.

CD

Lenny Lee! said...

hi miss sherri! hooray for you! that sound like soooo much fun. i could sure want to be in that class. i know your just gonna love it and get those kids writing good stuff. for me im just thankful im still alive and im thankful for all the birthday love i got from my cool blogger friends. i hope you have a really fun weekend.
...hugs from lenny

Casey McCormick said...

Ohhh, what a dream job for you! Congrats!2

Vivian Mahoney said...

Wow! What a nice way to do what you love, get paid, AND inspire young people! Congrats!

Tiana Smith said...

That's awesome! Congrats! I'm thankful that I get to see my parents this weekend :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

How wonderful, Sherrie! I know you're going to love it...My favorite part of teaching was teaching reading and teaching writing....You're going to have so much fun!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, that's really cool!

I didn't know you're a graphic designer. Boy, I'm learning something new about you everyday. :D

Anita said...

Yay for you! I actually thought about doing something similar at my kids' schools, but am trying to figure out the time issues. Please keep us posted, so I can be inspired! :) Good luck to you.

Laura Pauling said...

That's terrific! I keep looking out for a part time job that I would love!

SAMUEL PARK said...

That sounds like a terrific job. Congratulations. I'm thankful that I can always discover new and wonderful writers. I finally caught up with Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, and am loving it. Thanks for posting such a great question. I'm thankful your blog exists.

locallylit said...

Talk about synergy from the other side of the world. Just started following your wonderful blog, and then discover we've arrived at the same conclusion; hook them young!

I used to be in media, now mum to two boys 5 and 7, run a bookshop in a little community, and do some freelance online work. Just read your post above - two weeks ago, I started running an online magazine club at the local primary school - unpaid though ;)

We're doing a mix of media and the kids are really enthusiastic. Will keep you posted. Bernadine

http://bemedia.typepad.com/blog/2010/10/grow-your-own-authors.html

Lori W. said...

You're going to create an amazing club! I'm so excited for the kids and for you. Here's to more money for the book habit!

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