This should be a biggie, one where I introduce my writing style and approximate level of ability to keep your attention, right?
I know I introduced myself in the About page (go ahead, check it out. It’s linked up on the top. I’ll wait. *enter elevator music*), but I wanted to tell you a bit more so you understand what you’re going to see here.
First, I’m almost forty. I’m actually 38, which means I grew up in the 80’s, was a teenager in the 90’s, a college kid in the new millennium, and now I’m hitting that horribly cliche’ “middle age.” Am I experiencing that mid-life crisis? Maybe? I don’t really have time to, though, so it’ll have to wait.
The good news about all of that is that I seem to have hit some prime awesomeness in terms of pop culture during each of those times. The 80’s were full of Thundercats, Saturday Morning Cartoons, safe streets to ride bikes on, music like Run DMC, the Fresh Prince, and New Kids on the Block, and popular books like Ramona Quimby and A Wrinkle in Time. The 90’s had Friends, Frazier, and Johanna Lindsey. My college years were when college grunge hit it’s peak with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The GooGoo Dolls, The Wallflowers, Hootie and the Blowfish. Music was all I had time for until I graduated, then I was thrown into Education right before the craziness started. I was there for Brain Based Learning and the shift away from QCC’s to standards, and I watched No Child Left Behind from the trenches. And now, I’m hitting middle age with the rest of the Generation X’ers, looking around in the grocery store when Guns ‘N Roses comes on over the speaker and watching my friends become parents of high school graduates.
Professionally, I chose to follow my calling and become a teacher. I currently teach 3rd grade at an IB PYP school, trying to juggle their requirements with the state and local demands. I am, at heart, a forth or fifth grade teacher, so when I moved down to third grade two years ago, it was a bit of a shock to the system. I’m growing more comfortable with them, though, and, while it’s not my favorite thing to teach, I can handle myself well enough there. I’ve found the right resources to base my teaching weeks from, now I just have to modify them to fit the “rigor” required and then differentiate the heck out of it to match what my extremely diverse bunch can handle without becoming problematic. I host a teaching blog online at: treehouseteaching.wordpress.com
Personally, I am a wife and mother of two lovely daughters. My oldest is 8 and going into third grade next year, the other is 4 and will be in Kindergarten. I had a miscarriage in the middle, and that’s with me all the time, too. Both of my girls are scary-smart. I like to think it’s because I don’t dumb anything down for them. I answer their questions without modifying vocabulary and then explain what the words mean when they’re confused. I share my geekiness with them and they’ve caught most of my nerdy-bugs, too. Their favorite thing to do is read. Their choices in TV shows are mostly fantasy or sci-fi based (Transformers and My Little Pony are the current biggies), and I refuse to restrict them based on their gender. I defend my oldest’s right to be a huge fan of Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers as much as I support my youngest and her love of all things My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop. They both love doing hands on Science experiments and playing outside. They could be a little more socially adept, I think, but I’m not sure they’re ever going to be the most popular kids in school. I’m ok with that, honestly, I just hope they are, too. My husband is a mechanical engineering consultant in the airline industry. He’s really into RC racing and model building, when he’s not glued to the latest release of Fallout or puzzling out how to fix a problem he’s working on at work while he’s in the shower. My oldest tends to be more like him, mechanically minded and loving a good puzzle. My youngest tends to be more like me, a little flighty and loving a good story.
Aside from all of that, I joined the Society for Creative Anachronism a few years ago. For those of you who don’t know, it’s an educational society that works very hard to recreate the medieval period (between the years 500 and 1700 AD) and promote the cultures that existed during that period. I am an Apprentice to a wonderful Laurel, who gives me advice and assistance with all things Arts & Science related. I am also her Protege, as she is so amazing, she’s a double peer! That she has also just stepped down as Queen and is now a Countess, as well as recently becoming the Dean of a new college in our Royal University, just backs all of that up. I am also the Reeve for my local Shire (that means I’m the Treasurer), as well as the Youth Marshal (that means I teach the little ones how to fight). On the Kingdom Level, I have recently taken over as Kingdom Social Media Officer, running both the Kingdom Page and Group for the Kingdom of Meridies. When I’m not working my tail off, I love teaching people how to do basic embroidery stitches and sharing my recent knowledge of the Bayeaux stitch, as well. I like teaching people about herbs and balms that were used and available during this period, too. I like to think I’m modeling my SCAdian life after what a Medieval lady would’ve been responsible for as head of her husband’s household. My persona is firmly entrenched in the middle 14th century, so there’s a lot of technology and knowledge to work around! You can read all about my Medieval Life at: laurinthescadian.wordpress.com
Also, I am the Track Director the Swords and Sorcery Track (Fantasy, people!) of JordanCon, a small fan convention dedicated to the memory and celebration of the life of author Robert Jordan. The convention offers a ton of exciting things to do for a weekend in April and my track, which actually has very little to do with Jordan’s work, is just one small piece of the puzzle! While it only takes up one weekend of my life, it’s a great deal of work for months before and after the convention itself. Talking to authors, organizing the schedule, hashing out topics of conversations, and making sure I’ve packed the weekend with interesting panels is just a small part of my job! I also moderate most of the panels in my track room all weekend and get dressed up in Cosplay at least once before the weekend is out! It’s a ton of fun and I really enjoy working on it every year! I just finished my 8th year as staff of that convention. I have been there since the beginning! Mwahahaha! You can find more information about the convention here: JordanCon.org and read my blog about it here: jordanconscififantasy.wordpress.com
When I’m not doing all of that, I love reading and writing. I have a story in my head all the time, you see, and sometimes I find myself happy with the ones in other people’s heads, too! My job with JordanCon gives me a lot of people to talk to about books and writing and I enjoy every minute! I’m presently working on editing a story I’m writing about a modern King Arthur as well as a serial that I will be posting on my writing blog soon that is a tale about ghosts in Savannah, Georgia! I love getting my ideas out of my head in creative ways and really love reading other people’s stuff, too! You can read stuff I’ve posted online about things I’ve written or read here: fangeekwritings.wordpress.com
So, that’s the large part of my life. It certainly has taken up a huge chunk of this page! Aside from all of that, there are little blips on my calendar like playing BUNCO once a month with some lovely ladies, and photography, which is something I love stealing my husband’s computer to do! While that is, by no means, everything I’m into, it should give you a nice heads up about the craziness that this blog will attempt to rein in. Here’s hoping WordPress can handle it all! 🙂
Until next time,