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Archive for March, 2007

Book Proposals are Hard!

Okay, so my title is an assertion of the obvious, I realize, but it’s about all my brain can muster right now. Of course if it were easy, everyone and their dog would have a book that would get published. I know I can do it, it’s just finding the time and the organization to get it done well.

The idea for the book came to me in a sort of an epiphany so I feel like there is something pushing me to propose and write it. It’s one of those feelings I just can’t ignore. Those of you who know me are probably thinking I’m crazy to even attempt anything that will take so much time with my crazy life and lack of time. You’re probably right, but this feels like something I need to do.

The book is going to be about how to teach controversial science topics in a high school classroom (evolution, stem cells, cloning, etc.). I’m excited about it and have a billion ideas swirling around in my head right now, but I just haven’t had time to write them down and organize them in a proposal form yet. Luckily, I’m on spring break next week, so I hope to get a majority of it fleshed out then. If I have time.

I’m already booked up with appointments and meetings for Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, and Wednesday evening. Then I am attending a women’s conference all day Thursday and Friday (I am SO looking forward to the free massages). One of the workshops I’m attending at the conference is about writing books, so maybe that will help me with my proposal.

Surviving the Winter Weather

Iowa has been hit hard this past week with deadly winter weather.  My own house was completely without power from about 2 pm on Saturday until 8:30 pm on Tuesday night.  We stayed one night in a hotel and bought a generator just to have a space heater and keep our freezer going so we didn’t lose our $600 of beef.  My poor in-laws are still without power a week later.

Many people have died from the cold and horrible driving conditions.  Schools have been canceled all over the state and the interstate system was completely shut down last night for a time.  Winds are topping 50 mph and the blowing snow is making visibility almost zero.

I am hopeful the warm front that is supposed to come through the area will melt the ice and snow and we can get back to some sort of normalcy.  Enough people have suffered through this week and some good news would be much appreciated at this time.

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