Molding young minds

Internets! Wow! Okay!

Some stuff has been happening, let’s get to it.

1: I’m going to be a secondary school teacher!

Internets, equal with my love of telling imaginary people what to do is my love of telling people what I think about things. I mean, presumably you know that. You read this blog.

I really love teaching – I taught drama to younger kids in high school, and Shakespeare and YA lit to undergrads at Canterbury University, and English to students in Japan and Cinema to undergrads in Melbourne, not to mention a hefty chunk of creative writing workshops. I once thought I would become a university lecturer and teach at that level forever, but my experience as a PhD student convinced me that this path was not for me. It’s a fine job! But teaching is a much smaller part of it than I had anticipated, and that was the part I was really into.

So this year, while I was living with my parents and occasionally my younger sister (taking off for the States again in a week, SO GLAMOUROUS), I worked retail, wrote some books, and thought a lot about what I wanted to do. I am so grateful that my family let me live rent-free, and that they were in a position to do so.

And what I want to do is teach English and Classics to teenagers.

(Internets, are you thinking, Karen, did it seriously take you a year to realise that? Because it didn’t – it took about two weeks, and then the rest of the time was spent making sure I was right. Maturity!)

I applied to the intense and excellent program at the New Zealand Graduate School of Education and was accepted. I’m moving back to Christchurch, city of my heart. I start training in late January, and start getting real experience in classrooms shortly after that. To protect the privacy of my future students (!!!) I will not be blogging about that in anything but the most generalized terms, but I am SO EXCITED. And nervous. AND EXCITED.

I also have to pay for it, about which more later.

2: There is going to be a sequel to When We Wake!

MY FIRST SEQUEL. I’ve been calling it Cheerbaby Goes To State for a while now, but the real title – thus far! – is While We Run. It’s told from the point of view of Abdi Taalib and we’re looking at a publication date of April 2014, and that is about all I’m going to tell you right now, but I am EXCITED. And nervous. AND EXCITED.

So that’s what’s up with me, Internets. How are you doing?