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Fun with Language

Recently someone asked me about my writing routine. As I was responding to her email, listing the times I squeeze writing into the day, I added this line: I remember I'm doing this because I like to write. The minute it's lost its joy is the minute I know I something needs to change. It's… Continue reading Fun with Language

books · process · quote

It’s Late…

One of my professional goals this summer is to get ahead on my blog posts. So far I'm failing miserably at this. We've been out of internet since 6:17 am. It's back (but slow) and I'm blogging, hoping I start accomplishing my blog-ahead goal soon. So for tonight's post you get a little collection of… Continue reading It’s Late…

books · reading

Summer Reading Plans

Do you have summer reading plans? Like most things in life, it's important to make a plan in order to meet your goals. In my little corner of the world summer is almost a synonym for reading. Before I had kids,  I used to send my books with Andy when he left for work in order to… Continue reading Summer Reading Plans

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The Book Stack

No surprise here that this was in my book stack this week. If you missed the interview on Ruth Ayres Writes, click here. If you missed the way John influenced my thinking about notebooks, click here. Sometimes when I post oldies, I feel late to the party. Oh well. These are BIG right now around… Continue reading The Book Stack

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Words that are Speaking to Me

Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well-bred, were not inviting. --- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice For the story behind why these words are speaking to me, check out Ruth Ayres Writes.

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The Book Stack

This is what I"m reading... I've not completely finished, but I'm hooked. The beginning started out in second-person. Still trying to decide if I liked that craft technique or not. I'd love to hear thoughts if you've read this book. Can't say, quite yet, if I love it. Can say it is pushing me as… Continue reading The Book Stack

books · craft · illustrations · narrative · noticings

The Book Stack

An eclectic little stack today. Click on the images to go to a link about the book. I've been enjoying books I can read a little here and a little there. This book, however, is one I found myself engulfing. Even though there are 21 conversations with different illustrators, and even though I started with… Continue reading The Book Stack

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The Book Stack

I have a new obsession...London. It started stirring slowly, but now I'm curious about London. This book sent my curiousity over the edge. Now I have nagging questions and bits of stories bouncing around my brain. I want to learn as much as possible. For the first time in my life, I have a strong… Continue reading The Book Stack

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Words that are Speaking to Me

THE JADE NOTEBOOK and Laura Resau are all kinds of inspiration for me right now. Check out Ruth Ayres Writes next week as I share more (and bring back the Discover. Play. Build. Challenge). Meanwhile, be sure to check out Laura Resau's blog, Ocean in a Saucer. You won't be disappointed. A beautiful mess. I often claim this… Continue reading Words that are Speaking to Me

books · mentor texts · mentoring · minilesson · writing workshop

The Book Stack

I have three gems for you. I. LOVE. These. Books. Love them. Micah Player previously worked for Paul Frank Industries. His illustrations and story are whimsical made me fall in love on the spot. Check out Chronicle Books website for more information on CHLOE INSTEAD. I'm looking forward to using this text in writing workshop for these… Continue reading The Book Stack

books · picture book · reading · reflections · response

Hugo Cabret

For Christmas we gave Sam The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Sam and I have been reading it ever since. I like to move through books quickly, often staying up into the wee hours of the morning to finish the story. I can't wait to finish stories, wanting the character world to be restored… Continue reading Hugo Cabret