Writing and teaching challenge me because you never arrive. You can always be a better writer, and you can always be a better teacher. Neither becomes just the same old thing day in and day out. For instance, I took a fiction workshop that put me back at working to make Nellie the best she can be. I’m reading a book called Mechanically Inclined that will help me do a better job of teaching conventions to my third graders. And by the way, whoever said teachers get the summer off was crazy, unless they meant the teachers who are just in it for the money. Anybody who lives like that ought to be ashamed. You only get one life, you know? But I digress, so I shutteth up.

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