As a teacher, especially an English teacher, I am often faced with the sounds of moans and groans whenever we read… especially if the reading is for homework or in any way on their own. It’s a thing that has been particularly bothersome to me.
And now they (the mysterious they) have made me a Reading teacher as well. But instead of teaching kids how to love reading, I feel like I’m just testing them and making reading even more unpleasant for them than it already was.
It made me think… like really dig down deep and think, how do we get students to like reading?
Continue reading “What kind of Reader are you?”
I binged some Doctor Who this weekend. I had heard a lot about the new Doctor, and how wonderful she was. I was skeptical, but the hype is true, I think: She is a good Doctor for the show. She’s brought hope back to it. Capaldi was a bit dour at times…
More than that, though, I was intrigued by the subject matter and the villains that we’ve already seen so far. It reminded me of something I’d seen about Star Trek and how The Next Generation’s main enemy, the Borg, was perfect for the time in which the show was originally airing. The idea that we can lose our humanity through technology was (and still is) an interesting, yet terrifying premise for a story.
So what do the new Doctor Who villains, the Stenza, say about the problems we face today? And what does any of this have to do with writing?
Continue reading “Monday Motivation: What problem do you want to solve?”
Hello Coffee Share peeps! This week, if we were sharing stories over coffee, mine would be rather bitter. I’ve developed a taste for coffee without sugar, and just a splash of heavy cream. I need to get some sugar free flavored syrups because I do like the flavors (especially hazelnut), but I’m finding that I feel better with less sugar in my diet.
Come snuggle on the couch with me, and we’ll discuss while I binge some more Ancient Aliens (It seems to be my thing right now). And if you ask nicely, I’ll even share my discount, post-Halloween candy with you.
Continue reading “Weekend Coffee Share: #NaNoWriMo has begun!”
It seems exceedingly appropriate that this holiday should land on a Wednesday, a day that for me is very focused on introspection and thinking about where I am going or where I have been. Samhain is a good day for such things, as it is the epitome of the crossroads. It is the time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest, allowing the spirits to cross over into our realm.
There is a reason why so many cultures celebrate the dead at this time of year, and in so doing, we celebrate those who have gone before us, those who make us who we have become, and those who will help shape us into what we will eventually be.
Continue reading “Happy Witches’ New Year!!”
While a large portion of the world is dressing up to celebrate Halloween, I and several other writer procrastinators will be scrambling to get all our last minute touches to our outlines, or putting together our writer’s emergency kit. Some of us are just getting around to announcing our novel and signing up. Some of us are kicking ourselves for not buying the Preptober kits that I kept seeing all over the internet…
But whatever you’re doing today, tomorrow you will be writing!
Tomorrow, NaNoWriMo begins.
Continue reading “The Last Day before NaNoWriMo begins!!”
Normally (or if I had time to post properly it would be normally), Tuesdays are for my dating updates and relationship posts, but today, as we countdown to #NaNoWriMo, I want to look at a different kind of relationship: The relationship between author and character(s).
Continue reading “Tender Tuesday: What kind of relationship do you have with your characters?”
I’m trying something new. I have been doing the Weekly Coffee Share for a while, but several of the people whom I consider to be my online friends do a weekly smile or gratitude post. I know the wonderful lady over at Daisy Smiley Face (who did the Weekly Rewind for a bit) invented the word “gratitudinous” for hers, and Trent does the Weekly Smile (click the link for the list of rules).
I figure I might as well add my own little cup of sunshine into the mix!
Continue reading “In spite of politicians.”