Virtual Hell

They call it virtual learning, but I’m sure most parents would agree it should be called virtual hell. Because that’s what it is. For many schools in the area where I live, virtual learning is the only option available. I’m sorry I was unable to post last week, but we have been really struggling with the virtual learning program they are using in our district. After my son received another zero for an assignment that I know he did, I made a trip up to the school to find out exactly what was going on. As it turned out, he was completing his assignments, he was just forgetting to mark them as done. Aggravating, to say the least, especially as the teacher never instructed them to do so but it was an easy fix, and now we are back on track.

My trip to the school was a learning experience in more ways than one. I actually found out that only one teacher is in charge of the entire learning program for my son’s school. He admitted that he is still watching tutorial videos to learn how to operate the virtual learning program himself. How can anyone blame students for struggling if even the teachers are having problems with the software? At times like this, we sometimes have to take a step back and realize the teachers are doing the best they can. Communication is key, and sometimes all it take is a trip up to the school to get the problem resolved.

Other than dealing with virtual hell, life has been good. I’m still typing away like a madwoman trying to finish my next book. I’m hoping to have it ready for publication in the week or so before Halloween. What better time to release a zombie novel? Hopefully, I get it done in time. I did find out that the kids should be able to return to campus next month. I cannot wait. I can’t tell you how difficult it’s been trying to play teacher and still find time to work on my book. I’m counting down the days until they go back.

This past weekend I went out of town to support my hubby at an arm-wrestling tournament in Fort Worth. He is just starting out, and it was his very first tournament. He actually did better with his weaker arm than the one he had been training, but it was a great learning experience for him, and he now knows where he needs to be before the next tournament. I’m excited to finally be able to support one of his dreams, as he has been supporting my writing from the very beginning. I don’t know where I would be if not for him, and I know I would have never been able to publish my first book without his support.

Other than that, nothing else is new. Well, except for the fact that I decided to dye my hair blue over the weekend. It didn’t turn out quite how I wanted, and I doubt I will ever get the blue dye off my scalp. I’ve been changing my hair color since I was a teenager, and I’ve never had any problems before with boxed hair dyes. I really think maybe it was just a bad brand. Oh well. You live and you learn. I hope everyone else had a great weekend as well. Thanks for reading!   -E.B.

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