Teaching – holidays and coming up to the surface

Teaching always reminds me of swimming. You sprint up and down the lengths of the pool, barely pausing for breath at each end. Once you have do your set of exercises, you stop and pause.

As a full time teacher, I perceive each term as being like a set of exercises, the weekends being the gulp of air taken at the end of each length before you plough on with another stretch. Eventually you get to the holiday, and you need it.

So I’m now a couple of days into the holiday. The stress is beginning to bleed off, I’m beginning to relax. It helps that I’ve left the books I’ve brought home to mark in the car. There are over 100 of them, each requiring upwards of 5 minutes attention. I’ll need to put aside a long day to deal with them before returning to work.

While I enjoy teaching, the paperwork and marking is excessive. While I love being busy, the workload does take it’s toll. The holidays are lovely, but they don’t compensate for the stresses of term time and the total focus on the job. Having worked in the commercial world, I had much more of a life with 20 days annual holiday.

So why do I stay in education? I may write a post about that sometime.

New Blog about writing fiction by C.M. Harald

Writing about writing – New Blog

Well, this is the fifth blog I’ve written over the years.  The first was while I was working as postgraduate in the late 90s; the most successful was kept going for eight years and was for a business I used to run; then there have been a couple of smaller and badly maintained projects.  So I’ve no idea how this will go.

It’s my aim, at the moment, to use this blog as a way of updating readers on the latest progress with my writing.  I’m also thinking about uploading the odd short fiction story as well.  We’ll see how it goes as I’m currently putting more time into writing than ever before.

Currently, I have two projects in progress.  I’m finishing up ‘The Butcher’s Funeral‘ series of short stories, editing the last two parts of this Medieval story – hopefully, there will be an update on this soon.  The Butcher’s Funeral will also be published in a single volume.  I’m also in the middle of a writing a story on zombies and World War One.

My full range of published writing can be found on Amazon – C. M. Harald books.