My Daughter’s Gift

Last night I lay in bed with laptop open, writing away at Come Apart, my newest WIP.  Due to school starting up, the self-imposed renovation of my classroom, the induction of several new alternative education students into my program and a myriad of other things I have been neglecting it. It is always difficult to pickContinue reading “My Daughter’s Gift”

My Post Apocalypse Novel 5 Day Giveaway – Day 3

I checked Kindle Direct Publishing and yet another 120 copies of the book have been downloaded.  Looks like this freebie thing is a great idea after all. It is exciting to know that a total of 427 people have grabbed up my book (even if it is offered for free) and soon will be readingContinue reading “My Post Apocalypse Novel 5 Day Giveaway – Day 3”

Teaching Common Core Poetry: A Moment of Clarity

I have been teaching a poetry unit now since September and my students are working in groups to find meaning in poetry using several close analysis methods. The methods I have used so far have been: 1.  TPCASTT – T-title:  The meaning of the title without reference to the poem. P-paraphrase:  Put the poem, line by line,Continue reading “Teaching Common Core Poetry: A Moment of Clarity”

An Interview With a Marketing Manager: Advice to Self-Publishers

Josh Mosey, who runs a blog here on WordPress is a marketing manager who owns his own marketing business, specializing in creating print materials for the publishing industry.  He has also worked at a book store for many years.   I was able to interview him about his industry and how he relates to self-publishers likeContinue reading “An Interview With a Marketing Manager: Advice to Self-Publishers”

What Could Have Been: When One of Your Ideas Ends Up On Screen

I have been writing since the age of 14.  I began writing because I took a high school creative writing class and found that my peers at the time thought I had a knack for it and also I loved doing it.  I loved the process, the meticulous nature of it, and the joy IContinue reading “What Could Have Been: When One of Your Ideas Ends Up On Screen”

Weekly Tales: The Grey Grocer (Part 1)

Every Thursday I have decided to get the writing juices flowing by writing an installment of a serialized story. It is kind of like flash fiction, but I do not know how long the story will be or how many installments I will write.  I will generally write installments until the story reaches a pointContinue reading “Weekly Tales: The Grey Grocer (Part 1)”

Self Publishing: A High School English Teacher’s Observation

I just finished reading David Gaughran’s post about the self-publishing industry as of last year 2011: The Self-Publishing Year In Review and was nodding my head with every paragraph. It’s true, folks.  The publishing industry is definitely changing.  Go ahead and read David’s thought provoking and very detailed article, and then come back and read whatContinue reading “Self Publishing: A High School English Teacher’s Observation”

The Myth of Writer’s Block

I have taught AP Composition for over 10 years.  One of the things that students always complain about is what they call “writer’s block”.  I am convinced, after years of writing, that writer’s block does not exist, and is a concept created by a media culture to explain a simple phenomenon of laziness. A greatContinue reading “The Myth of Writer’s Block”