Free Lance Writing


Welcome, or welcome back, dear reader!

(I wish there would be a way for me to greet you all with your names.)

As those of you who have been here before know, I am a full-time teacher.  During our regular semesters, my classes meet three times a week and fifty minutes for each – which still add to a considerable amount of time in terms of physical commitment alone.  In summer, though, I teach every day of the week for a minimum of three hours each day.  And that is time reserved to spend in the classroom alone.  What all these details mean is a fact: there is hardly any time left to concentrate on anything else.  You also know I write.  At least, once a week for our Sundays.  Outside of my commitment to us right here on a weekly basis, a while ago I assumed a responsibility: to study toward a career diploma in Free Lance Writing.  (I hope at this moment, at least some of you are cheering with me…)  Earning this license at this late stage in my life means many things for me, some of which I may reflect on here among you at some point in time.

I am very close to graduating.  July 12 is the day.  I have been working hard on my final exam – a complete short story of four thousand words.  My week days have been filled with non-stop teaching since June 10.  What was left to me was the last weekend and this one…

I hope to be back next week with the news of my diploma to you and with my usual kind of reflections.  Until then, I wish you all a wonderful Sunday and even a more marvelous week!


Cartoon Source: Randy Glasbergen

“The weather report is predicting 3 to 6 inches of paperwork.”


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9 responses to “Free Lance Writing

  1. Wishing you luck! You’ve a busy summer schedule with those class times. Sending you a hug, Paulette


    • Thanks from my heart, dear Paulette! You never overlook me, you are always there with your kind, gentle and strength-giving words. I don’t ever take your visits for granted, let alone your generous soul. (The hug found its place, so that you know. And I send you my best wishes, as always since I have known you on this supposedly impersonal platform…:o)


  2. Kathy Salloum

    Good luck Hulya! You have amazing writing talents and I’m sure you will do well! Your schedule sounds overwhelming, but persevere my friend…you are shaping your future and achieving your goals. I am so proud of you.


    • What a unique gift you give me with your words, dear Kathy, telling me you are proud of me. I hope to always be able to deserve that special sentiment. My schedule is, with no exaggeration, “overwhelming” but in an unexpected way it is still uplifting (minus the physical exhaustion) – thanks to the talented, skilled and hard-working students I have this summer. My thanks to you for stopping by and for giving me strength with your sweet presence.


  3. Tatsat

    Thats remarkable! I totally adore your spirit of learning.
    All the very best for your examinations 🙂
    You know… back in school days, I wondered how much fun it would be to put teachers through exams, because they seemed to have such a nice time while I studied hard all the time 😀 Like paying back in the same currency 🙂

    PS- One of all time favourite. Dead Poet Society.


    • You can be assured, dear Tatsat, that this is “payback time”! To be honest, I, too, used to wonder when I was an undergraduate as to what a wonderful, stress-free life my professors had. Not so! Thank you for your truly kind words about my learning desire. I feel as if I have never stopped being a student…Best wishes to you!


    • Btw. Any teacher-focused film has always managed to get my passionate interest, such as the one long before your time, “To Sir, With Love”. But, “Dead Poets’ Society” has become my all-time favorite teacher-movie. :o)


      • Tatsat

        Same here. I never get tired of watching DPS. I always looked for that book they tore pages from 🙂

        You can also check out “Mona Lisa Smile” in that case. Wonderful movie and, of course, we have our very own Julia Roberts in the lead role there. You will love it!


        • What a quest, right, yours, that is? To look for that book with torn pages – reminds me of the protagonist in the German novel I had started translating a while back…”Mona Lisa”! How can I forget that one? I watched it long time ago and should re-visit that memorable film. Thanks for the reminder!


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