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Career Day

Posted by on October 26, 2018

Happy Friday!

San Antonio Sunrise

Well. We’ve made the move. Most everything is unpacked, and we are slowly getting organized here. But life doesn’t wait for us to finish unpacking or getting our ducks books in order.  Although, I do have ONE book shelf up. I can’t wait for the day to be able to say DONE to the unpacking and reorganizing.

But life does not wait. Time to tighten my belt and dive back into writing and living again. National Novel Writing Month is almost here and I am tempted to knock out 50,000 words on my next project as I wait to get Curse Bound back from the editor. So we shall see.

But enough with the progress report.

Guys!! I had something amazing happen to me. Somehow my son’s teacher discovered I was an author, so she asked the school to invite me to present for Career Day. *faint* It’s been forever since I’ve stood up in front of a group of people to speak. Probably back in my college speech class. *cough* I’m sure there were other opportunities, but I’ve probably blocked them from memory. AND I only had a week to prepare. I hadn’t even found the printer’s electrical cord yet. *gasp*

And…um… awkward, introvert here.

But I said YES!

Photo Credit: Imelda De La Cruz

It was awesome! Fourth grade is awesome. I love that age group because I remember my love for books exploding during that time, and I devoured everything I could get my hands on. Especially Matilda and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Multiple times. THANK YOU Mrs. Okerlund for introducing me to Roald Dahl. You have no idea what those stories did for me.

The presentation went well. I think. Minus a few hiccups and stumbling over myself in word and props. But I enjoyed it! I might have typed up a three page speech–although I knew better! Next time I’ll just write out the highlights. And yes, I just said, next time. I loved talking about books and writing with the students. I hope I can do it again. And do it better.

That’s all for now.

But before we close, I would like to know: When did your love of reading take off? And did you have something special happen to you that encouraged you?

What are you reading? I just read Captain Underpants, books 1 & 2. Hey. I have a fourth grader. 😛

What are you listening to? I’ve been listening to a LOT of Lauren Daigle lately. I just love her newest album. But  I’ve just discovered Plumb’s Beautifully Broken. <3 Thanks Debbie!

Any special plans for weekend? We’re going to try to do something special with kids before we paint our cabinets. And look at stuff we need for the house before we can say, WE ARE DONE. Like more bookshelves, please? 😛

Have a great weekend!

4 Responses to Career Day

  1. sparksofember

    I remember my love for reading taking off in 3rd grader. I had a teacher who planned fun activities around the stories we read (like we baked bread after reading a story about a group of kids meeting the neighbor lady who loved to bake). And I discovered my parent’s collection of Peanuts treasuries right about then. And then my dad went on a TDY to England and brought back a boxed set of the Narnia series which was my Christmas present. They promised me an Aslan shirt if I read the set and I devoured the series. I’ve still got those worn volumes, held together with tape and love, with my signature and dates written inside the front cover commemorating the first time I read each one.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh that is so special! All of that sounds like so much fun. I do remember my parents having these really cool fairy tale books and I remember just paging through them and looking at all the cool illustrations. But I don’t know what happened to them.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Pam Halter

    hi Jennette! I love talking to kids about writing and stories! Such fun. Dr. Seuss made me a lover of reading. I could read Green Eggs and Ham by myself in first grade.

    I’m reading Cross Current by Catherine Jones Payne and also re-reading Little Women.

    I’m listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on CD in the car. When I’m home and writing, I put on the smooth jazz station on the TV. No words, just music. Less distracting.

    Our weekend plans are not fun. We’re moving my MIL into an assisted living apartment. We’ve been living here with her for almost 4 years because she has Alzheimer’s. But we can’t emotionally do it anymore. She needs to be with other people and involved in activities. And she’ll still have her own private apartment. She’s not happy, but we know once she adjusts, she’ll thrive.

    I can’t do Nano. I thought I might try it this year, but then my debut novel came out on Thursday, so I’ll be busy with marketing fun and vendor events. I’ll still work on the prequel, but 50,000 words in a month? Yikes! I think just the thought would paralyze me. hahahaha!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Oh, Pam! I’m so sorry for this difficult weekend. I hope the transition went smoothly.
      You’re sure reading a lot of different books at the same time! Smooth jazz. I like that.
      Yeah, don’t worry about NaNo. You’ve got a lot on your plate! Wish you the best with your book launch. And CONGRATS!!! Beautiful looking book! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

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