Does anyone else feel like they're stuck in a Groundhog Day plot? Each morning I wake up, and before I know it the sun has gone down. Yet the last two months have lasted forever. And somehow it's been a whole year since my last blog post. I've been busy teaching with the Johns Hopkins University online program -- which is awesome, BTW -- and I've been busy with the baby (see photo at left) and my other two older kids.
Today I received an e-mail from an editor I worked with last year. Apparently the project we collaborated on is up for an award -- woo hoo! It was a curriculum series aimed at middle schoolers, and I only wrote a few pieces, but they were super interesting and turned out quite well. One is an encyclopedia article about rivers, the other is a nonfiction background article on freshwater ecosystems. I wrote a third piece, something called "terrestrial ecozone geostory," but it looks like that one didn't make the final cut for publication, because I can't find it online anywhere.
Ultimately, I had to leave this project early because I became too interested in my assigned topic, and inevitably went down "the rabbit hole" reading background before I even felt ready to write, so the pay rate for my time investment just wasn't economical. But I'm glad I had the experience of working on a large curriculum because now I have a sense of the architecture and roles that go into these projects.
And I'm so glad the editor gave me a heads up, because I had no idea the content had gone online. And of course I needed to add the new clips to my website portfolio, which triggered a whole-website-update. And that's how I lost the last 3 hours of my day. Good lord, it's time for me start dinner...
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I write about curious phenomena around us. I also write about people who are passionate about their careers, hobbies, or life experiences related to science. This blog chronicles my journey.
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