6 Things I Didn’t Realize Would Happen after Writing a Book

That I’d want to tell the whole world, every day, sometimes every hour, that I, Aimee Ross, an English teacher who loves books and authors and teaching about them, actually did something that I respect more than anything. In fact, I make my living from respecting it: OMG. I wrote a book. And it was […]

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My Bucket List

What else is there to do on a dreary April un-Spring-like day, but work on my writing? As I started sifting through files, I found my bucket list–the one I started with my students ten + years ago–and decided to organize and refresh it: fun! (I’d like to get to at least 50 items, though.) […]

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How I Fell in Love with Ricky Martin

From the outside looking in, I was living the perfect storybook life, married to my high school sweetheart and the mother of two little girls when I fell hopelessly in love—at first sight—with another man. I was in the heart of Europe—Warsaw, Poland—on a Holocaust study tour with fifty other teachers from around the United […]

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The Senior Soundtrack Project

When my seniors in English 12 asked if they, as a class, could read my book, how could I refuse? It is literary non-fiction, which their standards specify. And they were asking–almost pleading—after all. I’m no dummy. Plus, what a cool opportunity all the way around. (Please note: I did not require students to buy […]

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Got a half hour to kill? Listen to this!

Here’s an interview I did with Kate Daniels, on “Inspirational Woman,” KRMW-FM, Warm 106.9 FM, in Seattle/Bellevue: (And if you’re really bored, count how many times I said “I did the research”…ick. These interviews are so hard to do–talk about having to think quickly!)

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Dear Readers of Permanent Marker: A Memoir,

Hi everyone!!! I just wanted to personally thank you for buying my book (or even borrowing it to read), and hopefully by now, a week-plus the book’s actual launch date, you’ve all had a chance to read it. (HOORAY!!!) If you have finished reading the book, would you please consider writing a review for it? (ESPECIALLY […]

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Just in Case You Missed Last Night’s Launch Party…

…of Permanent Marker: A Memoir, by yours truly, I thought I’d post the excerpts I read aloud, which was so much fun!!! Especially with my dad present! Eight years after I started teaching English at Loudonville High School, also my alma mater, my Building One classroom moved from Room 114 down the hall, around the […]

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Dangit, Jackson…It Was a PINKY Promise!

So, in case you don’t know, (LOL-ing at myself because I’ve let the entire world know by now), Permanent Marker: A Memoir by yours truly, is sort of out now, even though its release date is March 13 (two more weeks—WAHOO!). Because I had to put in my own order, which went directly to the […]

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Reviews Are Trickling in for THE BOOK, and . . .

. . . oh my goodness, are they good!!! Text messages, Facebook messages/posts, and Goodreads reviews–I just have to share them. They make everything come full circle, you know. There are twelve out of twelve great reviews, and that means I’ve earned a 100% on my book! That is so exciting! Do you know how […]

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My Very Own Directorial Debut

I’m so very excited to share this video that I created all by myself! I made this video as a finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction Committee, and I had so much fun doing so! (And by the way, I did every single bit of it on my iPhone–isn’t that crazy?) Thanks […]

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