As of today, I am officially a published writer. Like in print, not just on the Internet. My third grade dreams have come true, and I have been made a believer in being able to do “anything you put your mind to.” Thank you, Mrs. Krebs, for planting that seed back in 1993.
If anyone knows of a Lisa Krebs who’s first year of teaching was at Davy Crockett Elementary school, please tell her that I would love to thank her in person. Here are some other helpful hints in making sure that the person you’re thinking of is indeed my third grade teacher.
Her student were referred to as Krebs’ Koalas.
She loved Dan Marjerle aka “Thunder Dan” and was willing to leave her husband for him had the opportunity ever presented itself.
She gave three kids (Me, Peter and Carl) detention for listening to Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart” during reading time, while we were supposed to be reading along to Stone Soup on audio cassette.
“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me … is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—Ira Glass