This Cold Won’t Stop Me

Maintaining my secret identity as an author requires a cover identity. Mine has its challenges. Sure, being a high school teacher requires writing lesson plans and grading mountains of essays and teaching great new minds, but there is another, darker side to high school…
Within that darkness dwells … Germs.
Teachers build up impressive immunities, but every year something mutates.
That’s what got me this year: the Mutant Monster Severe Cold Germ!
Knocks a victim on his/her back, nose flowing, lungs wheezing, head thick, muscles achey…
So how does a writer keep working through all that?
Two suggestions:
1) Sleep, because so much weird stuff is happening physically it often nudges the mind to wander into strange terrain. Always helpful.
2) Listen. When physically drained, writing podcasts are a perfect way keep ideas and craft study happening. The Creative Penn really does the job well.
Boom. There, I blogged. Pass me that box a tissues and pour some tea, will you?

About chrisryanwrites

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.
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