I thought about calling this post “back to school” because that’s where I am and what I’ve done.
A short-term teaching job came up with a Danish boarding school just before Christmas and I applied for it. Don’t think British boarding school – that’s a whole other thing! Danish efterskole is a tradition deeply embedded in the Danish culture, and best describes a school with a focus on personal and social development, mutual respect, and the opportunity to experience and study additional non-traditional subjects, and to be a part of a community. I started last Monday. It’s a great school, a good job, good colleagues, and fabulous teenagers, but my writing challenge of a million words has taken a big hit.
I hadn’t anticipated returning to a so-called normal job, but then neither had I – or anyone else I know – anticipated the sudden hike in fuel, energy, and food prices. In other words: I got blindsided by inflation! Writing is not the easiest way to make a living, and Jane and I are often living on the edge, as it were. So this is a short-term gig until the end of June during which time I hope to top up the tanks.
Yes, I’m still writing.
Yes, more books are on the way.
But the challenge is going to take a little longer. However, I have decided to do what I said I wouldn’t do, and add the blog posts to the challenge word count. Late last year, I set myself a quiet challenge of blogging every day – you might have noticed. 😉 I started on November 1st, thinking that if I could could blog for a month then I could blog for a year. Of course, some of the stories I’m posting to the blog have been written before 2022, so there’s some serious cheating going on! But if I bend the rules a little, and distinguish the two lots of word counts between blogging and fiction (new this year) then it’s all good.
And fun! 😉
Of course, if I included emails in this challenge – well, I’d been done by now! That’s for you Mr Drinkwater!
The photo is from January 31st in Qaanaaq, Greenland: our house with Herbert Island in the background.
Challenge word count to date:
- Fiction = 14,502
- Blog = 9,347
Total = 23,869
Yep, got a long way to go! 🙂
Dave Bennett says
Congratulations on the job! I’m betting the teens will enjoy YOU as much as you are enjoying them!! Good luck!
Christoffer Petersen says
Thanks, Dave. I’ll keep you posted!
Graham Williams says
Completely the opposite to a british boarding school then!🤣
What a spectacular view!
Christoffer Petersen says
Hi Graham. Yes, very different school types – polar opposites! And the view, ah, I had to “put up with that” for two years! 😉 At the time of the taking the photo it was in the minus 20s, with a little over two weeks before the first glimpse of the sun.