I Want to Write a Children’s Book

There I said it–er, typed it. Now I need to just get started. I know I want it to be a picture book. And I know I want it to be for children 2-8. I also know I want to write about my cat Izzy and her adventures. I just did some very brief research […]

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Lasts . . . and Lasts

The following is another writing exercise from my class with writer Abigail Thomas. Do you have any guesses as to the assignment? “Anyone want to place bets on how long my Stanley Steamed, freshly cleaned carpets will last? The last of the birthday ice cream cake for Jerrica, 27, and Natalie, 25. Our last teenager […]

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Of Loves and Fears and Hates

See that creek right over there—the one beside my house? The one that’s less than ten feet away, lined with trees, and about three acres long? There are snakes there. A lot of snakes. More than I’ve ever seen in one place—besides the zoo—in all my life. And I live beside it. I am terrified […]

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This Year’s Senior Project: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I am the senior class advisor this year. The last time I was in charge, our tragi-comedy Othello, with an all male cast (shout out!), rocked the house—and not one, but two! nights in a row! Will I be able to outdo myself this year? Will the class of 2019 beat the class of 2015 […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Aging Gracefully

Tomorrow, June 9, my beautiful daughters Jerrica and Natalie will turn 26 and 24 years old, respectively. When I was their age(s), I was in my first three years of marriage (and teaching) with a toddler and a baby, and my world revolved around changing diapers, finding where formula was the cheapest in the area, […]

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We(b Log) #52: By the Numbers

Today: May 31, 2018. I am 49 years, 4 months, 25 days, and 11 (and a 1/2) hours old. I just completed my twenty-sixth year of teaching high school English. I’ve almost been married to my second husband, Jackson, for four years now. Wow, that was fast. I have three children with my first husband, […]

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The Adventures of Mimi and Layla

I only got one look at that teeny, tiny, perfect little girl with ten fingers and ten toes and an angelic face before my world stopped. Just twelve hours ago, I met her: my firstborn daughter’s born-too-early daughter, Layla. With a middle name just like mine, Lorraine. Sigh. I can’t concentrate, I can’t read, I […]

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Writing out into the World

In just four days, Permanent Marker: A Memoir, will have its two-month anniversary of being out there in the world. I’m happy to report that, overall, it has gotten rave reviews, and if you don’t believe me—but you should—just check out Goodreads or Amazon (where we finally made it past the 50 mark—wahoo!). The most […]

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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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