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Hey hey team. It's Saturday! Did my 'theology' work for the week early this morning. The Papal document was actually more interesting than the accompanying article (I find them all intensely boring). I don't have sashajwolf's travel time and patience for reading or blue_leaf's OCD so it's amazing to have done this week's work 36 hours before posting is due ;-)

We had a great day yesterday at school. I had chosen it for Caritas Solidarity Day, and I gave myself a dose of leprosy for the morning (I taped up my fingers and wore an eye patch). Some of my Mercy Crew played along, with some choosing to be mute for the entire day, some in handcuffs, one with a black cloth over her face and one wore a torn, 'bloodied' t-shirt and had her hands and feet in chains! She even walked down to St Pat's like that for a class! It was all about raising awareness of suffering, and helped us to get great donations for Caritas (Catholic Aid Agency) in return for a mufti day. We held a coin trail on the courts at interval and then counted up all the Lenten Appeal money. We've also been collecting Easter eggs for poor children and children in hospital so we'll give those out on Monday. My office is overflowing with foil wrapped chocolate! OMG! It is SO tempting.

I was teaching my Year 9s to read the Bible. Right, I said, as they sat there expectantly with their Bibles in hand, let's turn to the very first book of the Bible.
What? said one girl, holding her Bible aloft. But this is a book!

Ooh, said another, flicking through shortly afterwards, there's a book about jobs in here... *g*

And what else? Holidays in one week's time, I can't wait. I am going to work hard this week so I can WRITE all holidays, all two weeks of it! Write write write like a real person instead of the teacher I have to be in term time. I wish... *sigh* no, I WILL keep writing, no matter what. It's what keeps me really happy underneath all the chaos of raising teenagers and working full time with a whole lot more teenagers. I think Safe is done and dusted and ready to send to some place other than my laptop. Where, I have no idea!!! I just think I'm ready to share it before I, you know, die! Life is short. What's next? Time to rework Breathing Space and make it come alive for me before I share it with anyone else.

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moth2fic
Apr. 4th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the child's comment on the book about jobs!!!! :)

Marg is busy researching publishers. She might have advice about Safe.

Enjoy your holiday and writing time. We are going out to Portugal again straight after Easter and I will think about you. I might even do some writing myself but I have a lot of redrafting facing me and I need longer uninterrupted times for that then for initial writing, so I might not...
natesmountain
Apr. 4th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
-Marg is busy researching publishers. She might have advice about Safe.
To be perfectly honest, I don't think I'll ever write something to be published, just hopefully enjoyed somewhere along the way. But the idea is kind of nice, huh *g*

-Enjoy your holiday and writing time. We are going out to Portugal again straight after Easter and I will think about you.
THink about me fighting to find writing time LOL! I hope you get your redrafting time then... I'd settle for a little editing even. Anything to do with my own words.
margaret_r
Apr. 5th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
To be perfectly honest, I don't think I'll ever write something to be published, just hopefully enjoyed somewhere along the way. But the idea is kind of nice, huh *g*

I don't think there is any reason not to give publishing a try, Safe is certainly as good as any other novel out there on the bookshelves.

I can let you know if I find something worth trying in my researches:-)
natesmountain
Apr. 5th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I love your icon *g*

You're so kind! And I made it better, took out some things that made me uncomfortable (I like that even when you're done writing something, you can go back and change it - you get to a point when you think you can't change it then one day you realise, oh yeah, duh, that's right, it's MY writing, I can do whatever I want!)

-I can let you know if I find something worth trying in my researches:-)
Thanks! I think the idea here would be you send it to an agent. And although I had one keen publisher, I don't think he was really real. It'd be easy to get ripped off.
hannahfmuk
Apr. 4th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
That all sounds so brilliant! And I especially love that you've been collecting Easter eggs for kids in hospital - I know that I would have loved to get something like that when I was young and in hospital (even though I wouldn't have been allowed to eat the chocolate for a couple of months... stupid gastric surgery!).
natesmountain
Apr. 4th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
-even though I wouldn't have been allowed to eat the chocolate for a couple of months... stupid gastric surgery!).
Yeah, I was thinking of that as we planned a visit to the hospital. I think children do kind of understand though, don't they. Gastric surgery must have been horrific though *shudder* I had no childhood illnesses at all really, beyond the usual measles, mumps and chicken pox, and no one much even gets those any more around here.

*gets out WaT icon just for Hannah* xx
hannahfmuk
Apr. 5th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for the WAT icon :)

Yeah, surgery wasn't so much fun, but I still have fond memories of the week I spent in hospital on a high fat diet: crisps with every meal and any fatty snacks whenever I wanted (though I did get my mum to trim the fat off my bacon as I really hated that). I would definitely have enjoyed an Easter egg then!
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