You may be wondering what you’re doing here… I don’t know either, but you are welcome to stay awhile and browse through the immortal words of a mortal writer!
I am a teacher and a writer, which means you’ll read a little bit about both of my worlds during your visit. Since I teach writing, these subjects sometimes even overlap!
I’m J.J. Burry, better known to some by my real name, Jess Houser, and I welcome you to my world (with a new blog post or two every month —eventually back to once a week)!
Side note: Since I’m a teacher, I no longer have purple hair, but I love this picture!
Writing, Teaching, and Family! Oh my!
How do you even begin an “About” section? I’m guessing it’s not like this, but you’re reading it anyway – thanks!
I’ve been teaching at the secondary level since 2012. I started at a small private school for Emotionally Disturbed students in Virginia, and now I’m at a small public school in Texas. I have taught several subjects in the past, but my favorite is writing.
It all started with reading in elementary school. I had a few teachers who would read novels out loud to our class. In third grade, Mrs. Marrs even gave me a book for Christmas as a going away present since I was moving during the holidays (The MidnightGhost by Carol Beach York). I read that book every day for ages, and I keep it in a place of honor in my classroom now.
As I got older, I discovered poetry, which changed my life. Have you ever had one of those life-changing discoveries? I started writing poetry, reading poetry, and I even found a place where I could publish a few online.
Poetry wasn’t all I wanted to write, though. I became interested in all types of writing, including letters to pen pals. I still write to pen pals, and I’ve joined a pen pal group on Facebook in order to connect with a few new people, too.
In high school, my friend Larry noticed my love of writing and suggested that I become an English teacher. I laughed at him (the way only friends can), and went off to college to major in music. After my first year and one other major, I was no longer laughing… Larry was right.
Now, here I am years later: a teacher and a writer. I’m nearing the end of the writing process with my first novel, and I’m finally learning how to blog.
In between all that, I have a wonderful family who puts up with me. My husband, Josh, and I have been married since July 13, 2008, and we have two energetic sons: Billy and Mikhael.
Hobbies are important, too. Don’t forget that you need them to keep your sanity! My sanity remains intact (for now) because of crocheting, sewing, reading, writing, and walking/bicycle riding.
I think that’ll do for an “About” section. Feel free to follow me on Twitter or “like” my crochet and author pages on Facebook (links below)!