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Please Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself

It’s been a while since I posted to this blog on a regular basis, and I’m afraid I never introduced myself properly in the first place. Oh, sure, there’s the “official” bio on the About page, and all my contact links appear if you click on my picture to the left. But that’s only a small part of who I am.

By day I am a high school teacher—not in English or in History, as most people would assume, but in Mathematics and Psychology. I majored in History because I Quantum_Calculations_by_throttledanloved it (still do, more than any other subject). But by the time I realized my place in the world was in a classroom, I had half of an engineering degree completed…including a whole bunch of math. And so I’ve been teaching high school math for the last 10 years. Psychology was kind of an accident–it was part of the position when I applied, and no one wants to take it over. I’m okay with that, though, because it’s actually a really fun class! And I can’t even count how many times I’ve had an insight into one of my characters while teaching a lesson.

By night—and on weekends, school vacations, and over the summer—I’m a writer. I love books of all kinds, and get ideas in a bunch of different genres, but my Leonid_Pasternak_001specialty is historical romance. Right now I’m working on the first book in a Regency series that focuses on three brothers and their attempts (consciously done or otherwise) to reunite with the women they loved, but lost. Some parts (mostly the big things) are progressing well. Some parts (mostly the little details) are taking forever. I have no representation or publisher, just two wonderful critique partners and a fabulous circle of friends who support me as I muddle through 🙂

At all times, I’m a patient with three chronic illnesses. I have doctors and medications to help me along and regulate many of my symptoms, but one thing I never seem to have enough of is energy. Most of it is spent at school with myDoctors_stethoscope_1 students, their parents, and my fellow educators. Tasks are prioritized not just by due date, but by size and the amount of effort required of me for each one. I’m very careful to watch my schedule, weighing each invitation and event against the big picture, and what it will cost me physically to go. I write more slowly, don’t devote as much time to social media, take longer to research things because of my health. But when I get published, the victory will be all the sweeter because I worked so hard to get there.

Most of my posts here will be history-related, focusing on the Regency period (because that’s what I’m writing) but including anything else I find interesting. Some posts will deal with writing, or the life of an as-yet-unpublished writer. Occasionally I’ll post about other things: school, my personal life, my illnesses, sports, Psychology, how the hero of my first novel is like Batman (yes, really!). Whatever the subject, I hope to inform and entertain. And I hope you’ll keep coming back for more 😀

12 thoughts on “Please Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself”

  1. That’s a lot of things going on in your life, Cora. Best of luck with your writing and getting published. Be sure to take care of yourself first.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie 🙂 It’s hard sometimes to remember that I have limits other people don’t have, but I’m also well aware of what happens if I push too hard. Fortunately for me, school is almost out, so I’ll have a break from the day job.

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  2. Cora, you’ve got quite an education there. I feel like an idiot next to you. LOL!!! You have been very, very busy. 😉

    History major, eh? Now I know who to come to for questions. Buahahahaha!!!

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    1. I love questions, Kath–especially history questions! Most of my education, though, came because I couldn’t settle on a major in college 😀

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  3. Wonderful blog post, Cora! I too am at the same stage as you in my writing career and have also been lucky enough to have found wonderful critique partners who have made this journey possible! i look forward to reading your books.

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  4. I love that painting of the writer dude, but do you know what’s on the desk in front of him? It looks a little like an ashtray full of cigarette butts, but not quite. Can’t quite make it out, thought the emotion comes through easily.

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    1. You have keener eyes than I do, Grace–I had to go back and look at the painting (it’s by Pasternak, btw). Lo and behold, it *does* look like a full ashtray! I connected with the guy’s posture and facial expression before I noticed the detritus on his desk 😉

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