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Writing When Not at the Day Job


I struggle with finding the time to write. There are some months that I am proud of what I am accomplished. However, there are also months where I am overwhelmed with writing IEPs and exhausted from teaching and/or meetings at work. It is hard as hell to have four jobs. I said four, I know. Technically, there is just the day job of teaching. I count writing, because that is what I ultimately want to do in life full time. Where are the other two jobs coming from? Continue reading → Writing When Not at the Day Job

A Good Reading Day

Today seems like the perfect reading day. I love a day where it is a little chilly out. Then I curl up on the couch and read a book (even if it is just during my son’s naptime).

So if you have just an hour like sometimes I do, go read one of my books. One is a short and sweet teacher book straight from the mouths of middle school students. The other is a short stories book. The stories range from creepy, strange, young adult to supernatural. Enjoy!!

BOTH are FREE today..but that is only for TODAY! So GO!

Books by Jessica Warren

Sayonara Thirties!!

This is the last week of my thirties and good riddance! I used to think my thirties were the best decade: I got married, bought a house, fell in love with teaching, self-published two books, was given an awesome opportunity to go to San Francisco for a photo shoot (DHC customer spotlight), and had the miracle of my son who makes me smile and laugh EVERY single day. photo

However, there were also MANY mistakes made throughout those years. I regret nothing, because mistakes make you stronger; mistakes make you learn; mistakes are just inevitable.  Continue reading → Sayonara Thirties!!

The End of Summer

Today is officially my last day of summer. I woke up to my four-year-old sliding in bed with me and snuggling. There is no better way to start the day than that.

However, it makes the thought of waking up tomorrow and going to work a hard one. I am excited to have the new school year begin and excited to see my students from last year. Although, I would prefer to just play with my son all day…I am fully aware that I am so lucky to have a job that allows me so much time with him during the summer.

Continue reading → The End of Summer

A Writer’s Kryptonite? None other than Self-Doubt Herself

Self-doubt is a powerful thing. She can make you believe that you are not capable of doing something; that you aren’t worthy; that no one will like what you create.

Self-doubt is a kryptonite like none other. She will devour you, spit you out onto the curb and wait for you to one day get your strength and courage up to walk away then will show her shiny, sharp teeth and take you out bite after bite. Self-doubt is truly a bitch. Continue reading → A Writer’s Kryptonite? None other than Self-Doubt Herself

Hey Super Dad…

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there and to all the Moms that have to be a mom and dad all wrapped in one. I hope you all have a great day!

Enjoy your time with your little or grown ones and take some time for yourself…you deserve it.  ❤

If you like flash fiction and short stories…the ebook version of my book is free today. It is short, creepy, and I love it. I truly hope you enjoy it as well.



Take the Plunge and Jump into the Flash Fiction Challenge

Flash fiction or short stories? I used to get confused on which is which. It is my understanding that flash fiction is a straight to the point writing that is no more than 1,000 words, while a short story can go into more depth but it can be up to 15,000 words. The word limit doesn’t mean much to me. I think as long as you enjoy the writing (and reading) then the technical part of is it flash fiction or short story doesn’t matter as much.  And since I love reading and writing both…why not take the plunge?

983707_10204282913177364_6379037062214518146_nLast summer, I published a short stories/flash fiction book STORIES AFTER DARK so when I saw a chance to enter in a flash fiction challenge…I jumped. The idea of being given a topic, a certain word or words to include in the story, and a strict deadline is so appealing. I love a good challenge.

Even if I don’t win, or even come close, the feedback I will get from my writing during this challenge will be everything to me. I am not the best writer and I hope I never am, because I always want to be better than I am. The same goes with being a teacher. I will never believe or feel or say that I am the best teacher I can be. There is always room for improvement…always.

This summer, I am working on a children’s book and I hope to be finished within a month. The timing couldn’t be more perfect! I am beyond excited to begin this new writing challenge at the end of July.

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