Finding Time To Write on Vacation

The first installment of my latest novel This Broken Earth is due out on August 1st, and I am feverishly working on it, but I also have vacation plans this summer…or rather my family does, and I’m going along. I say this with tongue in cheek.  Of course I like to spend time with myContinue reading “Finding Time To Write on Vacation”

10 Cheap Yet Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is here, and if you are like me, the money isn’t there for trips to the zoo, water parks or amusement parks.  What to do?  Kids need stimulation, and will get bored very quickly sitting around playing video games and watching television.  These two activities are the biggest time wasters and usually do notContinue reading “10 Cheap Yet Fun Summer Activities for Kids”

The Last Day of School: A Retrospective

I am a high school English teacher with four children attending elementary school.  Two of them are graduating to the middle school next year and the other two will climb the ladder to the fourth and second grades, respectively.  I am currently spending my time updating the inventory of books in my classroom, squaring awayContinue reading “The Last Day of School: A Retrospective”

Kristie Colby: Why She Is the Love of My Life

As part of the “A to Z Blogging Challenge” and because this is my 100th post, I could not write about the letter that begins my wife’s name without writing a blog post about her and how she is the inspiration for every female lead in all of my fiction written since the day IContinue reading “Kristie Colby: Why She Is the Love of My Life”

Feeding Squirrels: Taking AP Students to Do Research at a College Library

Yesterday I took my AP students to the University of Oklahoma Bizzell Library to do research for their critical perspectives paper.  Their assignment is to read a canonized novel of their choosing and then write an analytical research paper viewing that text through a critical lens (i.e. Marxist, Feminist, New Historical). Each year I take a groupContinue reading “Feeding Squirrels: Taking AP Students to Do Research at a College Library”

Signs In China: Keep Off the Grass

I spent 5 weeks in China last summer and I miss it.  I decided that this week I would post pictures of signs that I saw in that wonderful country. These signs are attempts at English that turn out to be utter failures, or like the one below, have a certain elegance.  It seems toContinue reading “Signs In China: Keep Off the Grass”