Monday Motivation: Plans for Amanda’s Nose in a Book

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It’s time for some Monday Motivation!

Monday can be hard, especially when you’ve just come out of a weekend that was much busier than you anticipated (pretty much every weekend when you’re an adult, right?). But it really doesn’t have to be. Not if you’re doing something you love. Making what you’re passionate about a career is something that so many people dream of, myself included. Monday Motivation is one thing that I want to bring to Amanda’s Nose in a Book at least once a month, to give you something that will motivate you to read, write, be creative, and do the things you love!

The past few years I have been trying to decide what to do with my career, with this blog, and just with what I want to do in general.

Amanda’s Nose in a Book has been pretty quiet. But it’s time to change that. I absolutely loved it when I was posting here regularly! It was fun,¬† I connected with other readers and writers, and met my two critique partners here.

I’ve decided to get “the fear” again (yes that is a friends reference) and use this space to combine my two passions: teaching and writing.

I’m an English teacher (currently a substitute) where I live. While subbing isn’t a bad job at all and I get to do something different every day, it’s not something that I am super passionate about. I love teaching. I love writing. And for a long time I’ve tried to find a way to combine the two.

In the upcoming months, there will be some huge and awesome changes to this site, and I will be starting so many other new endeavors.

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

About two years ago, I left my job as a receptionist and social media maven to pursue teaching.

Since I spent years studying education, I thought that it was time to put that to good use.

So I got the fear and put in my two week’s notice.

Since then, I’ve been substitute teaching in two districts around where I live and loving it. I teach nearly every day and had two long-term sub placements.

This summer, there were two job openings. Both in the districts where I work. I thought, score! This could be my chance!

So I worked on polishing up my resume and cover letter. I spent days making sure they were both stellar and even work shopped them with a friend. With my fingers crossed, I applied to both jobs very early in the summer. Continue reading

What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday

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What I’m Reading…

So, this section is becoming more and more chaotic by the day, but I’m reading quite a bit right now. Some of it is for school (things that my students are or will be reading), and some of it is for my own personal reading. So until the end of the school year, I’m going to break it down and let you know what titles I’m reading in both areas of my life! Continue reading

Life Update & Camp NaNoWriMo

Life Update & Camp NaNoWriMo

Oh my poor, neglected blog. It’s been so long since I’ve posted. I’ve written about a dozen posts with every intention of finishing¬† and publishing them, but it just never happened.

But there have been so many good things happening lately.

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Life Lessons- Do What You Love.

This year i’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. It’s been hard, but there have been many great lessons and experiences along the way.

I’m 28, I have a masters degree, and I’ve done nothing but work in jobs where I wasn’t using my education. The people I worked with were amazing and there were things I loved about each job– but I wasn’t happy. In fact I was utterly depressed.

And miserable.

One day, my boyfriend and I were talking about different employment options I had around where we live. After another year of looking (and admittedly not looking hard enough) nothing had come up. I was still not using my degree. Still not able to pay back those student loans. But I’d allowed myself to get comfortable in the job I was in. Continue reading

If I Taught YA Fantasy 101!!!

I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish. But it was such a fun topic, that I thought, hey let’s do that post anyway!

YA Fantasy is one of my favorite genres. And as a teacher, I feel like YA fantasy would be a fun class for students. So here are the top ten books that would be on my YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus for both high school and college students.

Let’s get to it!

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

hp1This is a given for me. I feel like it is something that everyone is familiar with and I could use it to teach different archetypes that we’d see in other fantasy novels. Continue reading