VIPKID Vibes: Reasons Why You Should Translate Your Feedback

There’s been some debate on whether or not to plug your feedback in a translator before submitting. For one thing, it takes time –time we’re not paid for. It’s an extra step.

But.

Since day one, I have used Google Translate to check my feedback. And if you read the following examples, you’ll see why I urge you to do the same. Continue reading

I Have Writing News!

I’m humbled yet proud. Excited yet scared. Chatty yet speechless. This is big. Yes, the biggest of all writing news ever shared on this blog.

An excerpt of my YA short story is going to be published in an anthology called Maryland’s Emerging Writers.

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As you may or may not know, I’ve been querying my novel for a minute or two, so this came as an unbelievably gratifying, validating surprise to me. I submitted on a whim, and now my words will be on paper. It’s…well, it is amazing.

I wanted to share this with you, because, obviously, it’s good news on the (ever-so-quiet) writing front, but it’s also a reminder to take a shot. You never know. 🙂 Put yourself out there, submit your work, and you may be writing a blog post like this one.

If you’d like to purchase this book (or you just want more info–I get it), click the link below. The official release date is August 21st, but you can pre-order it right this second, if that’s how you roll.

Maryland’s Emerging Writers (new link below)


*UPDATE 8/21/18: Here is the updated link, now that the book has been released:

Maryland's Emerging Writers: An Anthology


I hope you enjoy my story, “Not Quite a Dunbar Man.” If I manage to find it a home in its entirety, you’ll be the first to know. Thanks to Z Publishing for reaching out to me, accepting my story, and not changing it! Thanks to everyone on Scribophile who critiqued the story or stopped by just for a read. A special thanks to the Pipsters for all the writing support and venting. You ladies rock! I also need to thank the fictional-but-oh-so-real Tim Riggins, who subconsciously inspired my MC’s big brother.

And thank you for reading my blog, following my journey, and patting my proverbial back. You’re awesome.

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Now I’m heading to Twitter to spread the news…


Thanks for spending some time here. If you found this blog because you are also published in the Maryland anthology–or any of the other states–please say hi! And congrats on your new pub credit.

18 Random Songs I Forgot Were Awesome

Are awesome? Hmm.

Here’s a list of some songs I found in my laptop’s music folder. I’ve been using Spotify lately, so I haven’t opened this folder in a while. I was introduced to most of these songs from a local radio that no longer exists. These songs were on heavy, heavy rotation about three or four years ago. Blah, blah, get to the tunes.

In alphabetical order for bonus points!


Bush – “The Only Way Out”

Yes! One of my favorite quotes makes a pretty good song. I don’t think this song made it big. Perhaps it wasn’t grungy enough for Bush fans? Beats me. I love it. Continue reading

Procrastination Explained. But not (perfectly) solved.

If you’re a procrastinator, this video is relatable. This guy gets it.

If you’re not, this video will give you some insight on what we go through on a daily basis.

Feel for us.

If you’re currently procrastinating by watching this video, you’re my hero.

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VIPKID Vibes: 20 Thoughts Every VIPKID Teacher Has

  1. Why did my kiddo cancel? Did he see a clip of me teaching and change his mind?Related image

  2. When I go on vacation, will my kiddos find a teacher they like better?Related image

  3. I’m never going to finish this lesson on time.Image result for the office jim gif

  4. I’m never going to make it to twenty-five minutes with this lesson.Related image

  5. Where did he go? We still have five minutes. Come back, kiddo!Image result for the office creed gif

  6. Why didn’t my favorite kiddo book me this week? Related image

  7. Why am I teaching math?! I didn’t sign up for this.Related image

  8. These are the worst sentences ever written. “I lob the cob.” Seriously?Related image

  9. Your name is what?Image result for the office michael gif

  10. The fireman may be coming, but there won’t be a problem by the time that happens. Because class will be over.Image result for the office michael gif

  11. That sounds nothing like what I just said.Image result for the office jan gif

  12. I have no idea what you just said.Related image

  13. So, is the kid taking this class or is Dad?Related image

  14. So, am I teaching this class or is Dad?Related image

  15. I must think of a better response than “Very cool.”Related image

  16. No one puts butter on their nose for their birthday. Why are we teaching them this?Image result for the office kevin gif

  17. No one uses a mouse. They all have iPads. Why are we teaching them this? “I can click.” No, you can’t. You can touch.Image result for the office michael gif

  18. I’m losing sleep for this? And you can’t show up on time? Come on.Related image

  19. Is this worth losing sleep for. Absolutely.Image result for the office michael gif

  20. This job is real, right?Image result for the office dwight gif


    Thanks for spending some time here. Happy teaching!

Writing Wednesday: How to Rekindle the Flame

I want you to know up front that I don’t know the answer. So don’t start reading this with the expectation that all will be revealed by the end. Not happening. Anyway.

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Here’s the deal. I’ve taken a little break from writing. Well…more like a hiatus. I severed all ties. Why? A few reasons. Namely, I had other things going on, like new jobs. I don’t know how I was able to work full time and do anything else. Wow. Point is, I pretty much quit.

And it’s strange because writing used to be this thing that I had to do, you know? I used to write for hours. I’m talking about those intense writing sessions where you’d only move to pee. You didn’t eat. You didn’t sleep. Come to think of it, writing is extremely hazardous to your health. It’s a wonder I’m not dead. But I digress.

Maybe I just don’t have many ideas. Maybe that’s why I spent so long on the same story…because I didn’t have anything else to say.

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Music Monday: From One Ben to the Next

I’ve been obsessed with Breaking Benjamin for the past few months, which you may recall if you’ve spent any time around this blog, but I recently went to see Ben in concert. It wasn’t Ben Burnley though. It was one of my other favorite Bens:

Ben Freaking Folds!

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Here’s what’s important: Ben Folds is awesome. I love him. He is crazy talented. And that’s all there is to say.

This was my second time seeing Ben Folds in concert. Both times, he performed with a symphony. Classy.

I’m not doing a concert review or summary or anything like that, because, frankly, it would be just a lot of me raving about how insanely amazingly (double adverbs?!?) awesome Ben Folds truly is. 😀

Instead, I’ve decided to highlight a few of my favorite Ben songs. Perhaps if you are new to Ben, this may serve as your intro. Enjoy.

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