When I was in middle school, the cool thing to do was send handwritten letters to your crush. You had to plan just the right moment to sneak past their locker and drop it in one of the vents. Then you had to sit in agony during your next class period while you waited to… Continue reading The Heart of Handwriting
The past few months I have been taking a class called “Tools of Engagement: Revitalizing Reluctant Readers and Writers”. Most of the course involves teachers discussing strategies to motivate students who are not interested in reading or writing. In a recent online assignment, I said the following:What do we mean when we say writing? Is… Continue reading Why Do You Write?
Bear with me here, this might get lengthy. I’ll try my best not to keep you here all day. But this is a subject near and dear to my own heart, and one that has greatly changed my writing (for the better, it seems).You may have heard of the Ted Talk “Start with Why” by… Continue reading What is Your Why?
I just wanted to take a moment to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart. It’s something that is very important and flows through everything I do as a writer.I am talking about procrastination. Its something we all probably keep close by at all times. Just like a common cold or a… Continue reading Combating the Roots of Procrastination
I always fucking hated reporters notebooks. You know, the ones that flip vertically? They’re about the size of a hamburger and feel awkward in your hands? Yeah. Hate those. My mom was the School Supply Lady, though, and for whatever reason I always had 19 of those suckers laying around. One in every color.One of… Continue reading Forget tears. Music has always moved me to words.
The next generation of authors might just be sitting in the plastic, uncomfortable desk chairs that I have strategically arranged so that they are not sitting next to someone that they will talk with during my entire lesson.As a reading teacher, I have the opportunity to engage students at a deeper level. I learn what… Continue reading The Next Generation of Authors
I think I have ADD.If I do, I wish it was ADHD, I’d probably get more done. Day by day, month by month, year by year.And this year above all others, there’s SO much to do. After our latest business meeting in January, where we set a publishing schedule for the first time (YAY!) our… Continue reading To Infinity and…Wait. Look, Shiny!