Monthly Archive: November, 2011

What are you writing?

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Short post since my internet is slow at best, although nonexistent is more accurate. My school was canceled today. I spent a lot of my day writing. I’ve been revising my query letter and my… Continue reading

Social Networking: Trying Out Pinterest and Twitter

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A couple months ago I started seeing images that had the words “via Pinterest” on my friends’ Facebook news feeds. It took about a week ‘til my curiosity was piqued enough to find… Continue reading

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What fuels writing workshop?

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Around my school, we have three more Mondays of school left in 2011. That’s not much, and yet, during this season of grey days, holiday excitement, and indoor recess, it can seem so… Continue reading

Beyond Classroom Walls

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One of the fantastic sessions I attended at NCTE was called “Beyond Classroom Walls: Honoring Voices of Young Readers.”  It was led by Julie Johnson of Raising Readers and Writers, Katie Keier of… Continue reading

And a Copy of The Blood Lie Goes to…

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Many thanks to Cinco Puntos Press for sponsoring a giveaway of Shirley Reva Vernick’s new novel, The Blood Lie. If you missed the original post about this book, then click here to read… Continue reading

Every-Day Dress-Up + A Giveaway

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Last year I wrote a blog post entitled “Rethinking and Rewriting Princess Stories” which included some of my thoughts about princess culture.  I was pregnant with my daughter when I wrote it.  Nearly… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving to Our TWT Readers!

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Digital greeting card made with Smilebox

Happy Thanksgiving

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I love Thanksgiving, mostly because it rolls into the Christmas season. My life as a writer changes during these weeks of the year. I shift my focus to documenting the season and my… Continue reading

Engagement Starts at Home

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I made a beeline for Alan Sitomer, Jon Scieszka, and Gordon Korman’s session, “AUTHOR STRAND: THREE YA AUTHORS TALK COMEDY, FUN, AND SMILES (A.K.A. THE POWER OF GETTING READERS TO PEE THEIR PANTS!)”,… Continue reading

SOLSC & Building Community

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I had the pleasure of meeting several Slicers, not just the ones I blogged about last Friday, when I was in Chicago for NCTE.  I had breakfast with Bonnie (and Tuvia) and Sarah… Continue reading

Right Back At It…

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I figured by now I would have time to write a post reflecting on NCTE.  However, I apparently forgot (once again) that there are a limited number of hours in a day. The… Continue reading

750 Words Update from NCTE

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It’s day 20 and I’m still writing my 750 words daily!  One of my fears, with taking on the 750 Words November Challenge, was that I would be unable to write while I… Continue reading

Stories are essential to our lives.

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Yesterday afternoon I attended the Elementary Section Get-Together at the Chicago Hilton. The get-togethers are always fun to attend since they provide me with the opportunity to catch up with people like Karen… Continue reading

NCTE is under way!

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We’re excited to be in Chicago for NCTE! Last night we had dinner with Patrick Allen, Mary Helen Gensch, and Troy Rushmore.  This morning we’re meeting up with some of the Slicers for… Continue reading

Verbal Cues — Pilates & Writing Series: Part 5 of 5

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When I started working with Lauren, my Pilates instructor here in Pennsylvania almost two and a half years ago, she gave me a lot of verbal cues.  The ones I heard the most… Continue reading

Guiding Words.

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These words from one of my favorite writers, Jane Yolen, in one of my favorite books about writing, Take Joy, are guiding my portion of our presentation at NCTE.

Thoughts About The Blood Lie + A Giveaway

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The Blood Lie, by Shirley Reva Vernick, is a novel that begs to be read. It’s the story of what can happen when people of different religions don’t understand each other’s differences. The Blood… Continue reading

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Word Count

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I’ve had a daily word count for awhile. I’m not sure exactly when it started, but I think it was while writing Day by Day. However, it was while becoming serious about writing… Continue reading