You know that episode of Seinfeld where George announces that his worlds are colliding because his girlfriend, Susan, and regular friend, Elaine, are hanging out? Sometimes that’s how I feel. Only, my worlds collide on a daily basis.
I’m a teacher, if you didn’t know. At a high school. Which, obviously, comes with its own set of challenges and implications BEFORE you add the element of my alternate life as a young adult author.
It’s hard sometimes, trying to balance these two very different aspects of my working life. Sometimes, in the middle of teaching, I can’t stop thinking about this one plot point in my WIP. And then sometimes when I’m trying to write, all I can think about is the pile of ungraded tests on my desk at school.
Worlds are colliding, indeed.
There are, however, some pretty awesome perks to teaching high school – especially where my writing is concerned. First of all, I write for high schoolers, so I’ve got my audience right there, every day. I can observe their behavior whenever I want. Mentally record their reactions to things. I mean, sure, I only graduated from high school nine years ago, which isn’t that much time in the grand scope of things. But as we all know, there is a world of difference between 17 and 26.
I don’t remember anything about my thought processes as a teenager. I know I was highly irrational, but I can’t remember anything specific. So as I watch these 16-year-olds as they go about their day-to-day lives, I think, “Oh yeah! I bet I totally reacted the same way back then.” Or maybe, “Yeah, who went with who to the prom was totally the biggest deal ever.”
And speaking of prom, I’m about to go help some people set up for it. Which means I get to sit around all night and watch teenagers be teenagers.
I’d better go ahead and put a notebook and pen in my purse, eh?
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