I ended up teaching more classes this school year than what I had anticipated, and one thing has become infinitely clear: More classes means more grading. As an English teacher, you’d think I’d have understood this going in. Summer has a way of washing our memories clean, though, so that we forget the parts of teaching that we don’t love.
I, for example, dread grading writing projects. I love assigning writing projects, and I love walking the students through them…but I don’t like grading them. The grading of a writing project is so much more subjective than a multiple choice quiz. Not to mention, I know how much work the student has (or has not) put into their assignment. Somewhere between rewarding the effort and pushing the student to do better is a razor thin wire stretched taught a hundred feet above angry, snapping alligators…and I’m the tightrope walker. I’m twitching at the thought of all the writing folders sitting on my desk at school awaiting my attention.
I also went back to school this fall (as a student). I’m working on a master’s degree at seminary. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to write anything for school. I’m convinced that academic writing uses a completely different part of the brain that fiction writing…and that in the years since I graduated college, the neglect to that part of my brain has caused atrophy. Talk about hard work! Every assignment has been a struggle. I love what I’m learning, and I love where it’s taking me. The nitty gritty of getting the work done, though, is harder than I remember.
In any event, spare time has been hard to come by. I’m looking forward to some time off in the coming month, though, and would LOVE to get some suggestions about what to read. Tell me what you’ve read recently – bonus points if it’s by an Inspy Romance author. I enjoy contemporary romance in almost all its forms – from suspenseful to funny and everything in between. So hit me with it. What have you read lately that you’ve loved?