October 1st

It’s October Already?


Oh, dear Lord…I can’t believe it’s October already. Yesterday when I left work, right before my co-worker got into her car I shouted, “We survived a whole month with these kids! Only eight more to go!”

It’s said because we have very low enrollment. We’re a small, private preschool and have two classrooms. One room is for two- and three-year-olds and the other room is for four- and five-year-olds. We have three kids in the younger room and 12 in the older room leaving our enrollment a total of 15. I was promoted–I have way more responsibilities and I’m also working 40 hours a week now. However, I am still making the same amount I was because we can’t afford to give us raises…we even had to lay one of the teachers off (which is basically the main reason I got bumped up to lead teacher). My paychecks are much bigger than last year, which I am hugely grateful for, but if I was paid what a lead teacher is supposed to be paid…well, I would have an easier time paying for school, wouldn’t I?

Ah, school…one month down, three more to go. My teachers are stupid. Have I mentioned that? All five of my classes end on December 14, but at the beginning of the semester, one professor thought it was a ten-week accelerated course. Do you want to know why he thought this? He thought it was the summer semester, not the fall. Um…I can see mixing up the days of the week, like thinking it’s Friday when it’s really Thursday, but mixing up the months? I mean, there’s a big difference between June and September. Does he not own a calendar? And he (and a couple of my other teachers) re-use lesson plans. I’m all for that, I’m a teacher, I understand what a pain it is and make a new lesson plan. It’s perfectly okay to re-use the same material, but…can you at least proof-read? I mean, this is an English degree, these people are English professors, don’t we know how to proof-read? In one class, the class that was an “accelerated course,” everything is supposedly due June 2013. For another class, this week’s assignments are apparently due in February 2013. I am paying 6,000 dollars this semester. I feel like I’m being ripped off somehow.

But it’s October. And I’m sick. Tomorrow will mark me being sick for a full week. I thought my sickness would start and end in September, but apparently not. I had a really bad cold and from that I got laryngitis. I still can’t talk all that well, but I am doing much better than I was. I know when you get laryngitis the best thing to do is not talk. Yeah, well I’m with a bunch of preschoolers for eight hours of the day. I can’t really rest my body let alone my voice. But as I said, it’s getting better. It’s all a matter of time now.

But I have to admit that I’m sick now rather than later because, well…it’s October. And we all know what October means, right? 30 days (31 days? I was never good at math and never will be) from now it will be the start of…

NaNoWriMoOh, yes! I have been waiting a long time for this. I would rather be sick now during NaNo Prep month rather than NaNo itself. I’ve been sick during November before and it sucked. I wasn’t able to get anything done.

But then I think to myself, “Crap…it’s October 1st.” How am I going to plan? How am I going to make the time with school and work? More importantly, what am I going to write?

Now I have tried to write two novels at the same time before. I’ve tried this a couple of times. It does not work. Not for me, anyway. Especially since I’m at work eight hours a day five days a week and then trying to get homework done in between. Oh, and I have to attempt to have a social life. That’s important…but maybe not for November? I don’t know.

Anyway, I have tried thinking of what I should write. I started this thinking process a couple weeks ago. I thought of something to write, but of course I’m beginning to change my mind. So I don’t really know what’s going to happen because I’m at a loss right now. All I know is that my time is limited because I need to do some serious planning if I want to win. If I don’t plan, I’m most likely going to fail due to being smothered by school and work. At least if I plan, I don’t really have to think. The point of NaNo is to not think and not edit, right? Then again…if you think you’re going to fail, aren’t you setting yourself up to fail?

Oh, well. I never listened to wise quotes like that.

16 thoughts on “October 1st

  1. Hey, Rachel, hope you feel better soon. Yup, it’s October and time to get physically and psychologically ready for NaNoWriMo! As much as I always think I’m going to plan, I’m starting to accept the fact that I never do. I’m just not a planner. I am a pantser. I spend a lot of time at my day job planning, and I’ve realized that planning just feels too much like work. But I do hope I figure out before Nov. 1 which novel I’m going to write: either a horror novel or another novel in a series I started last November. I’m still on the fence. I have 30 days. Sigh.
    Get better soon, Rachel!

    • I *try* to plan. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I start and finish planning, other times I start planning and never finish. Or I say I’m going to plan and never do.

      However, because my school and work schedules are so hectic, I feel as though my “planning” will revolve what I will get done writing-wise on a certain day. Not so much planning the actual novel; although I may end up doing that anyway. I just want to make sure that I win this year.

      Thank you and good luck to you!

  2. Hope you feel better soon doll! I’ve also been suffering with a cold and it’s lingering way longer than I expected. Can’t wait for November though…love NaNo month!
    I’ve been posting Sunday blog posts with a few planning tips for the last 2 wks and will continue as the month rolls on – maybe some of the suggestions might help you out? If you like check it out over at catlumb.com/blog
    Good luck with the planning! Look me up in the NaNo forums when the fun starts – I’m ankhofbastet
    Roll on November!

    • Honestly, your blog is what got me in the mood to plan in the first place! So I have checked your blog and will certainly be checking back. 🙂

      I will look you up on NaNo, too. Good luck!

      • Yay, that’s very flattering to read Rachel – glad I could get you started! 🙂
        Look forward to cheering you on in November! X

  3. “The point of NaNo is to not think and not edit, right? Right!”


    I just blogged about this exact thing. Going into NaNo, we need to be ready, right? Oh my…I must get prepping.

    Good Luck!

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