Any new change can be overwhelming. I was leaving a 33 year structured classroom life for an
open day, every day. I needed to fill it with quality writing related activities. Some things that
have helped tremendously are a weekly/monthly wall planner and pocket planner. One I can see
every time I am working and the other travels with me wherever I go. Sunday afternoons I spend
time organizing my week. There are so many great choices and styles to choose from. Check out
a few examples below:
Wall Planner: https://www.amazon.com/Brands-Magnetic-Erase-Calendar-
Inches/dp/B072C8XRVH/ref=sr_1_29?crid=2X97ZM77UAGD&keywords=dry%2Berase%2Bgl ass%2Bboard%2Bmonth&qid=1655995225&s=office- products&sprefix=dry%2Berase%2Bglass%2Bboard%2Bmonth%2Coffice-
Planners: There are so many varieties thankfully, and some may even select a digital
planner. Take a look:
The last big area to tackle was the HOW… I never sat as a teacher, now I sit all day. The ice
cream and coffee scream at me for visits all day long! Kidding, but I had to grow into this for
sure. I find it is best to set the microwave timer every 50 minutes to get up and walk around. I
leave my phone in the car so it is no where near me. Some terrific suggestions are offered in
these articles: https://authornews.penguinrandomhouse.com/five-ways-to-eliminate-distractions-
during-your-writing-sessions/ and https://www.inandoutorganizing.ca/post/less-distraction-
An award-winning teacher for 33 years, Tina was privileged to share her love of books with many students.
She released her first picture book, WALKOUT, with Clear Fork Publishing in 2020. Set to release in 2022,
is Tina’s chapter book, CANINES UNLEASHED. Tina is a Co-Assistant Regional Advisor with SCBWI’s
West/Central Upstate Region, an active member of 12×12, and a Rate Your Story judge. Now you can find
her writing full-time, at all times of the day with coffee, chocolate, and her fluffy dogs nearby. When Tina,
a winter enthusiast, isn’t writing, she enjoys Central New York and the Catskills with her husband,
daughter, and two Akitas, one snowstorm at a time. Find her online at www.tinashepardson.com.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with awesome Aussie debut author and former student Amanda Lieber who will be focusing on Aussie kidlit.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature our new blogger coming soon.
4th Mondays features new blogger, the fabulous Brentom Jackson, who has a beautiful approach to blogging.
And 5th Mondays we'll be taking a break