How to spot a teacher.

I’ll be turning these in this week. No students until September.

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Why am I alone on this island?

I have a secret. I have kept it to myself, but now I am ready to share it with the world.

I liked The Island.

There.

I said it.

I feel so liberated.

I have no idea why this movie is not doing well. I know, I know. Michael Bay. No one likes the guy. Then why have his movies grossed over $1 billion?

I thought The Island was a good movie, not a great movie, but a good one. I was entertained; mission complete. I liked the characters, the chases where cool, stuff blew up. Did it tug at my heartstrings? No. Did it make me think about my place in the universe? No. Was I entertained? Yes.

So, please, someone tell me why I shouldn’t like this movie.

Why are you just sitting there?

According to my wife, there are only 58 days left of summer. Now, I am more of an Autumn/Winter type of guy, but I am really enjoying this summer. Between the barbeques, trips to the beach, and summer concerts in the park, not to mention the great summer-school schedule, I have been having a great time. You really can’t beat working four days a week and getting off at 1:20. So, what ever you do, enjoy your summer!

-S

Summer School

Well, summer school is half over and it is running smoothly. I was expecting 40 kids per class, but with the kids who never showed up and the dropouts, I am down to 15 students per class. They are all pre-freshman; so high school is a new world for them and they are all well behaved. The best thing about summer school has to be the schedule. I love three day weekends and getting off at 1:20. Plus, it is great teaching in shorts and t-shirts, although that was a bit strange at first.

On the writing front… What am I saying there is no writing front. I have not yet started my second draft and it is pissing me off. One problem is Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. It is an in-depth game that plays like a movie.

Back to the second-draft. I need to develop more characters to flesh the story out and I will start that this week. There, now that I have put it in writing I have to do it. At least that’s the plan.

If anyone has any insight on starting the second draft, I would love to hear it.

-S

Priced to Move

The way home prices are going, if I want to buy a house I have to move. I teach high school and my wife works for a city and we can’t swing the $500,000 median price range. California has a reciprocal credential agreement with 35 states which means that with my teaching credential and some experience I can teach out of state. Now, we are thinking of where to go. We think that it would be exciting to get a new start and want to move before my 7-year-old daughter gets much older.

Here are my choices:

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia

If you have any insight into housing prices and teaching salaries in these states, drop me a line.

Of course, if you wish to purchase a screenplay so that we can stay, that will be fine too!

-S