Monday, May 08, 2006

I'm not even supposed to be here today

Today is not a good day to be at work. I'm reading the same book aloud for the umpteenth time, doing the same lesson plans over and over. In another class I'm reading things I've never done with a class before, but it just means more work. In the meantime, I have to babysit these immature freshmen in advisory, and I'm not getting a break until October. I was going to spend my summer writing teleplays, but now that's going to have to wait.

Which means I'm going to be stuck here even longer. I can't finish my scripts as fast when I'm working, but the scripts are the only way I get to leave this job and get on a writing staff.

It's not that this job is bad all the time. There are days when I'm glad to be here, when I think I could do this for a while if my scripts don't get me anywhere. Sometimes these kids say the most adorable things and some days they really want to learn. Today is not one of those days. I'm bored, I'm tired, and I think I have pink eye. I was going to stay home today, but the co-worker who would have passed along my lesson plan for the sub never called me back, so here I am.

I want to be home on my laptop, working on my feature. More than that, I want to be in a writer's room right now throwing around ideas, not sitting at a desk in this cold room finding new ways to keep kids awake enough to write down literary terms they'll have forgotten by next week. I just want to go home and write.


  1. Anonymous8:43 PM

    Just keep your eye on the prize. When you're on stage accepting your Emmy, you can make the audience laugh with jokes about the education system and pink eye.

  2. Good point. People love to hear teachers tell stories.


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