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Writing is just like life…even when it’s fiction

Late last night I finished reading the novel, Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt.  It was better than amazing and it inspired me to get on the ball and write about something I teach to all my writing students, … Continue reading

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You Have the Right to Write

A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of being on a school district’s committee that was reviewing textbooks to purchase for the upcoming year.  Although I don’t teach full time anymore, I still guest teach writing, and I … Continue reading

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Author Extraordinaire – Tim J. Myers

I love the way nonfiction writing has changed over the years from strictly factual to entertaining while educating, and Tim J. Myers, author of the new book Rude Dude’s Book of Food, is a master at it!  I was lucky … Continue reading

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Part Two: Manholes, tow trucks, and lonely silverware…

Okay, so I chose to tell you about my quirks not just because of characterization, but because there happen to be three of them and they happen to go nicely explaining the rule of three in stories (a coincidence, but … Continue reading

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Part One: Manholes, tow trucks, and lonely silverware…

I love the title of this post because it highlights the true strangeness of my irrational quirks and it also makes me want to go read a Rick Riordan book.  Mr. Riordan’s books make me happy even if I only … Continue reading

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The death of a genius, and a lingering question…

When I was young, I never really thought about what careers or jobs I wanted to have when I grew up. At least if I did, I don’t remember any of them. I thought more about experiences I would like … Continue reading

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Winners!!

May 19th came and went, and I must assure you that I have not forgotten the winners!! While I didn’t post the winners here (until now), I met with all the contestants and announced the winners in person. The imagination … Continue reading

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Entries are in!

I have had such a wonderful experience putting this contest out there and working with writers! Thank you so much to all the students who entered. I have already begun reading the entries and plan to post the winners by … Continue reading

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Contest Time!

Hello writers!  It is contest time and I am very excited! (Contest rules are at the end of this post.) Last month, I went to a writer’s conference and was very inspired by one of our speakers, Tricia Lawrence.  She … Continue reading

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Wish Chips and Shooting Stars

What you believe in makes all the difference. As I said in the About Me section of this site, I think that saying wishes out loud gives them a greater chance of coming true, and I really do believe that. … Continue reading

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