Time to start Teachers Write again! If you don’t know what it is, check out the link above. It’s a virtual summer writing camp, run by a few picture book/ middle grade/ young adult authors. Today’s the first day. I always start off Teachers Write with such enthusiasm (see last year, around the same date…), but then it fades as life takes over. But now that I actually finished my library degree (!) and the school year is over, I have some extra time.
Kate Messner’s first assignment was to write a list of things that make you wonder. A lot of the commentators wondered about historical events, scientific phenomena, etc. Mine are a mix of psychological and personal. Here’s my list, in the random order it came through stream of consciousness:
- What it’s like to be a twin
- What it’s like to have selective mutism/ why it happens/ how much (or all) is psychological? How do people come out of it or do they?
- What it’s like to be a therapist; what it would be like if a character stalked their therapist, from both perspectives?
- How EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can completely relieve symptoms of trauma… if it that’s true, why doesn’t everyone do it?
- What would it be like to honestly have a yoga “practice”
- How a teacher can truly create & use problem-based learning
- What would happen if I took adult ballet
- Why I start all my writing in 3rd person and it ends up in 1st
- Why I’m so drawn to writing and reading intense psychological stories
- Why I don’t like fantasy very much & why I get angry if a book doesn’t seem like it will be fantasy and then it is
- Why I like to share my writing so much
- What my children will be like as adults
- What it would be like to be a librarian in an actual library
- If I’m meant to be with inner city kids (like a calling) or with suburban kids (better for my mental health)
- Why my writing group disintegrated, without any discussion
- How to explain my decision to be a librarian to others
- What people think when they hear you’re a school librarian, and how that compares to the perception of an elementary school teacher
- Why district administrators don’t see the value in librarians, even though the research is clear
- How Greece can solve its financial problems
- What it would be like to go to a mission trip to a poor country, and how it would affect my life
- What it would be like to hold a copy of my published book
- What it would be like if I just ran away for a while
What do you wonder about?