History Class, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

Three Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Research Sources

Hello Readers and Writers! Today, I'm revisiting and refreshing a post from 3 years ago. In a period where news stories diverge widely depending on where they come from and even Facebook (that authoritative pinnacle of reliable information) is busy "fact-checking,"  exploring the reliability of sources isn't just for writers—though it's still awfully important for us! I… Continue reading Three Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Research Sources

Life, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

“NaNoWriffic” May Have Been An Exaggeration

Now that December's halfway over, I suppose I can take a minute to stop chasing down students for missing homework (all this teacher wants for Christmas is a nice, tidy gradebook!) and give an update on my November Nanowrimo goals. Update may not be the best word—it's more of a confession. For those who are… Continue reading “NaNoWriffic” May Have Been An Exaggeration

Short Fiction, Teaching, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead

November's lurking just around the corner, cracking its knuckles and waiting to pounce. A little melodramatic? Maybe. But I can't help viewing the turning of the calendar page with some trepidation. Between school and home, September and October have gone by in a whirlwind— momming and teaching and correcting and cooking and driving and writing… Continue reading A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead

Life, Publishing, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

November’s “NaNoWriMo” Challenge, and Why I’m Likely Going to be Wearing a Silly Costume in December

It's November, and that means it's time for NaNoWriMo! This tongue-twisting acronym stands for "National Novel Writing Month." Every November, authors around the world challenge themselves to complete a novel (or at least 50,000 words of one!) in 30 days. This is my second year participating in the challenge, because naturally, with a new, extra-busy… Continue reading November’s “NaNoWriMo” Challenge, and Why I’m Likely Going to be Wearing a Silly Costume in December

Beta Reading, Publishing, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

Anne’s “Do” and “Do NOT” List For That Story You’re Thinking About Publishing

Writing a story is one thing. Writing it for other people to read- well, that's a whole different ballgame, isn't it? Writing, editing, editing some more, rewriting, editing, choosing a publishing venue, editing, formatting and cover design, and a few more rounds of editing- getting a book to a point where it can be called… Continue reading Anne’s “Do” and “Do NOT” List For That Story You’re Thinking About Publishing

Books, Publishing, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life

Venturing Into Self-Publishing

It was one thing to consider different publishing options and decide that self-publishing seemed like the best fit for my writing life. It’s another to move past considering into doing. The first stages of prepping my novel for its debut haven’t been too bad, largely because I’m fortunate enough to have some excellent people helping… Continue reading Venturing Into Self-Publishing

Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration

Signing Up for NaNoWriMo SEEMED Like a Great Idea…

Sometimes, I make questionable decisions. I have a tendency to get excited about new projects and pile 'em on. Generally I talk with my husband, aka my "crazy filter," and get his opinion on whether my new projects are a good idea or whether I'll be weeping on his shoulder in a couple of weeks when… Continue reading Signing Up for NaNoWriMo SEEMED Like a Great Idea…

Life, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

A Little Creative Writing Exercise

By Monday I should have seventeen brand new stories to read! My creative writing students have been preparing their first "final draft" of the school year. Our quick writing sprints at the beginning of our class time have been some of my favorite classroom moments this year. (That's not just because it's a full ten minutes… Continue reading A Little Creative Writing Exercise