September 19, 2015

If I said, "I love going to the dentist," I'd be lying.  I dread it.  I'd rather be fishing.  Actually, I'd rather be doing practically anything but being at the dentist.  As I sit here typing with a nice hot pack on my jaw joint I'm thinking there has to be a better o...

September 11, 2015

First we tried list poems

and personification

Haikus were the best

 

Surprisingly, teaching grade six students list poetry wasn't as easy as you might expect.  It did get easier if we used a starting point and an end point such as getting out of bed and then adding all of...

September 9, 2015

If you're not familiar with our school system, you might not know that many classes aren't made until the first week or even second week of school has gone by.  This is more of an inner city phenomenon, I've been told, because of high transiency.

 

It also has to do with...

September 9, 2015

If I recall an earlier post, I said that I write mostly on weekends and holidays and that it would be unlikely that I would receive the proofs to work on before my day job - teaching - started.  

 

It did not surprise me to come home and find it waiting in my email on my...

September 6, 2015

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If I wrote 1000 words a day, I would have the remaining 75,000 words written and that means my first draft in 75 days. 1500 words a day would mean it would take 50 days to write the remainder.  

 

Then there's the work math, fortunately for me I'm only workin...

September 5, 2015

 I spent part of my day on the second book by typing out my chicken scratch notes into my laptop.  And, as I got to the end of my meager 1000 words, 6 hand-written pages, I was already picturing a very complicated twist.  I also somehow need to incorporate about 24,000...

September 4, 2015

One thing about writing, whether it's poetry, short stories or novels, is having someone to read it and give feedback.  Writing.com is one of the longest running websites that I know of that lets a writer of any type of genre get involved.  Signup is free and you, the...

September 3, 2015

No real skeletons in the closet just projects that have sat so long that the only logical thing to do is to start over and by starting over I don't mean get rid of it.  I mean type it again.  I've done it in the past, when I wanted to get back into the story and back i...

September 2, 2015

As the school year looms on the horizon, I am filled with dread.  It seems like my personal life goes on hold for ten months of the year.  I'm not too happy about it but it's highly unlikely to change and that means that soon I must put my teacher hat on, say good bye...

September 2, 2015

If you've seen my web page, you've read that I do the majority of my writing on weekends and holidays when school is not in session.  This summer has played out a lot like other summers.  I did some new writing on the sequel to Strange Reality...that will be my next pr...

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