Saturday, July 10, 2010

Into the Great Wide Open

Eight things you should know about me before reading this blog:

I’m a

1) mom to an ornery tween and first-grader (a boy – enough said)
2) high-school math teacher (my 24-7 real job)
3) pretentious drama queen

(Gasp) you’re still reading

4) coach’s wife
5) grad school student
6) occasional choreographer and tapping fool
7) facebook addict
And because my life isn’t filled with enough chaotic bliss…

8) I’m a writer.

PS - I’m a young adult fiction writer.

And I love it.

In the past two years, I’ve written three complete novels, two of which I’m editing, and I’m about two-thirds through two more. Did I mention I rarely sleep? And yes—to answer my colleagues’ and students’ burning questions—this is why I looked like a skeleton for four months last year. Why I reluctantly hit the pillow at midnight and sprung out of bed at four AM. Why I swore off every good television show except GLEE.


Call it my mid-life crisis. Call it my need for teen angst 24-7. Call it whatever you want.

I call it—love.

For those of you pit-stopping at my funky blog who do write, you understand the love thang—being immersed in “the zone”, the ideas and bits of dialogue that zap my brain in the middle of a logarithm lecture. That fantastical rush when an agent requests a full and the tailspin when they reject it. (PS—more on the rollercoaster writing relationship la-ter)

When people say “find your happy place”?

Dude, I have one. All. The. Time.

And now I’m writing a blog. My writing blog where I’ll discuss my experiences, share some guru tips I’ve picked up, review some books, movies, whatever. I’m wide open. I’ll come back every few days and fill you in. And while I may occasionally splatter in tales regaling my other nine lives (I’m sure I’ve got more) like students who break out in random squawking in the middle of Geometry or my six-year old’s insistence on showing off his “man-boobs”, this blog will mostly be about my funky adventures in writing.

Until then….


  1. Oh. My. God. I'm so excited to read your blog! I'm so happy you went with this title :)

  2. Wonderful, enjoyable writing, Alison. You totally captivate my interest and not only because you are my daughter. Love you! MOM


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