Luck is not chance, it’s toil. Fortune’s expensive smile is earned. ~ Emily Dickinson

Mr. Ahrens teaches band & choir at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, CA.


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Blogging November

I really enjoy writing. And I dread it.

It can be one of the most enjoyable things for me to do for myself, but I seldom have the requisite time to dedicate to it or toward daily reading. It frustrates me when I don’t have the time to do things correctly. So, I just don’t do them. Another demand on my time is for daily reading. Good writers read. This is important.

For the past three years, I’ve taken part in the NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month in November. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the course of the month – that’s just less than 1700 words per day or nearly 6 pages daily. That is a good bit of writing and more than I’ve ever been able to manage with my band director’s schedule. But I work at it nonetheless and get something written each year.

I’ve decided this year to dedicate my writing time in November to this blog. It directly ties into what I’m spending the rest of my life on and is, therefore, a bit more efficient use of energy. I won’t have a post each day, but I will attempt to write every day during the month. And I will set aside time to read every day.  Since starting grad school back in June, I’ve been consumed by other things and the blog has been adrift. I hope that my own BlogWritingMonth will rejuvenate this blog and my own creativity.

In addition to sparking new ideas and conversations on Sound Education, writing is just good for my soul. It allows me time to stop and reflect; to hone my vision. It brings order to my oft fragmented and poly-directional mind. It is calming.

Thank you for reading, and please check back. I hope to have plenty of new content throughout November. And if you like, challenge yourself to write and read each day this month. Let’s see what happens!


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