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

Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

NaNoWriMo 2019: Wins, Losses, and a Silly Costume Picture

I blinked, and November was over. I blinked again, and the first week of December was almost gone, which is why, after missing Wednesday completely, I am drafting this post at 11:00 pm on a Thursday night. When did time start to move so quickly? Well, to put a positive spin on it, I'll just… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2019: Wins, Losses, and a Silly Costume Picture

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

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…

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Exploring Mount Rainier National Park

The mad rush of the school year has consumed our lives. Between keeping up with the kids' homework and laundry and lunches, and managing teaching duties with the end of the first quarter looming ahead... well, let's not think about all of that right now. Fall break and family visits gave the Clare family excellent… Continue reading Exploring Mount Rainier National Park

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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