So, in reflecting on the past year, I have to say the first part was really bad. A lot got thrown my way that made life extra difficult, and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it. Emergency after emergency kept sucking up funds, and my job just wasn’t going that well. But by May things had begun to turn themselves around. I still had a financially-challenging summer because of teaching, but another turnaround in the form of teaching at a new campus helped tremendously by the time the fall semester started.
By the time summer had ended, the year had all but reversed itself, especially when I presented at Fiction Fest. That experience has given me a new set of goals and a new course of action, one that I can continue to use my teaching expertise to further.
I have been trying to figure out how to break out of teaching, but maybe what I needed was to break into a different kind of teaching, and move to a better school. Hopefully I can capitalize on these new opportunities for the coming year.