Books, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

George Elliot’s MIDDLEMARCH, and Keeping Readers Engaged for the Long Haul

Welcome, Readers and Writers! I've been working hard on rounding out the characters in my second book this month, which led me back to this post from a while back. Sometimes the best teachers of good characterization are the vibrant characters we meet in other novels. I hope you enjoy my reaction to George Elliot's Middlemarch.… Continue reading George Elliot’s MIDDLEMARCH, and Keeping Readers Engaged for the Long Haul

Books, Life, Storytelling, Teaching, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

Hooking Reluctant Readers

A Teacher's Challenge Where has summer gone? July is waning, and I've had to ease off on my writerly pursuits as another school year looms on the horizon. This summer has posed some new planning challenges—particularly figuring out just how teaching will look in the face of ongoing health concerns. While the possibility of being… Continue reading Hooking Reluctant Readers

Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Purple Hedgehogs Can Be Villains, Too

I hope this weekend finds you all well, Readers and Writers! Today, I am busily compiling my annual Father's Day collaborative writing project. I wrote about this annual event three years ago in one of my very first blog posts, "Purple Hedgehogs Can be Villians, Too." The kids are older, but the writing adventure hasn't… Continue reading Purple Hedgehogs Can Be Villains, Too

Books, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2

World War II in Norway: ANOTHER MAN’S SHOES by Sven Sømme

I'm always on the lookout for true stories of the Second World War--whether stories of a family heirloom's history, tales of spies and subterfuge, or histories of courage even in the face of imprisonment. Today I'd like to share one of these stories with you-- Sven Sømme's, Another Man's Shoes. https://www.amazon.com/Another-Mans-Shoes-Sven-Somme-ebook/dp/B078CZ341W/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Another+man%27s+shoes+sven+somme&qid=1587257615&s=dmusic&sr=8-1 Twenty years after her father's… Continue reading World War II in Norway: ANOTHER MAN’S SHOES by Sven Sømme

Film, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2

My Review of Midway, 2019 (Finally!)

Well. It's been a while since I've posted, hasn't it? The first two months of 2020 have been characterized by a hectic schedule and illness. Between playing chauffer for my eldest child's first foray into grade school basketball, being knocked flat by some nasty iteration of the flu, and a taking on a bunch of… Continue reading My Review of Midway, 2019 (Finally!)

Books, Publishing, Short Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Guest Post by JPC Allen: How to Write a 10,000-word Short Story in Two Weeks and Not Lose Your Mind

Today, I'd like to welcome author JPC Allen!  I greatly enjoyed her first published short story, "Debt to Pay," a part of the anthology From the Lake to the River. It was filled with fascinating characters and lots of good suspense and mystery. Her second, "A Rose from the Ashes" has just been published- but… Continue reading Guest Post by JPC Allen: How to Write a 10,000-word Short Story in Two Weeks and Not Lose Your Mind

Film, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War I

Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

I'd intended for my next post to be on the Battle of Midway, getting myself ready for the up-and-coming film. I changed direction when my husband surprised me yesterday with a copy of a film we saw last year- Peter Jackson's  They Shall Not Grow Old. I hadn't realized that it had made it onto disc… Continue reading Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

Books, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing Inspiration

The Power of Historical Fiction and Connie Willis’ BLACKOUT

In a part of the U.S. that shuts down when we get an inch or two of snow, we now have about six inches on the ground. You know what that means- TIME! Time to work on my books, time to read, time to clean house....well, at least the first two. In case you're in… Continue reading The Power of Historical Fiction and Connie Willis’ BLACKOUT

Film, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War I

Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

I was fascinated by the concept of Peter Jackson's newest film, but disappointed that I wouldn't be able to see it- unless, of course, I could manage a flight to the U.K. (Not likely. "Hey kids, you like the taste of Ramen noodles, right? Well, guess what we're eating this month!) While I've enjoyed some… Continue reading Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing Tips

Exploding Rats Didn’t Fit

"And remember, lecture is the least effective method of teaching." My class dutifully noted this point, then settled in to listen to our professor's extensive lecture on the other methods we ought to use. The temptation to slip into lecture-mode is strong for experts on any subject. This includes writers. Who doesn't like to go… Continue reading Exploding Rats Didn’t Fit