It’s time to start blogging again. In recent weeks I have had many inquiries as to why I have not been updating my blog. First, I must say it is humbling knowing that people are interested in reading the blog.
Beyond the Scoreboard was release on October 15, 2010 and it has been quite a rush since then. Because I could not afford the major promotional campaign from my publisher, Mill City Press, I have been tirelessly working to promote Beyond the Scoreboard across the entire United States. Copies have been sent by Steltz Enterprises to Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, and, of course, Wisconsin. I am getting closer to breaking even with the investment made into publishing Beyond the Scoreboard.
I have been teaching a new class this year for the first time in my 14 year teaching career, English 10. This new opportunity has brought a few challenges for me in terms of balancing my time at work. In this new era in education of being frugal, less teachers means less salaries for the district which results in more responsibilities on teachers. I have three different preps this year, an adjustment that is still working its way through my system.
My family is wonderful and growing. Increasing activities for Brooklyn and Dawson and more child care responsibilities for Faith and Hope as Desiree works or takes advantage of much needed social time with friends has soaked up time that I was able to devote to writing in past years.
I am working on a new project now, my second book. It will also be a non-fiction memoir related to the spiritual journey our family experienced in the birth of Faith and Hope. As I work through this project, many ideas have been lingering in my brain for short blog posts inspired by the anecdotes I am using in the current project.
I am committed to getting up to speed with Twitter (@jpsteltz), Facebook, and blogging again.