'Tis the season to be nice to your sibling.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
my newest stack of
books to read.
Wild - Cheryl Strayed
Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman
The Meaning of Maggie - Megan Jean Sovern
Siblings without Rivalry - Faber and Mazlish
No-Drama Discipline - Siegel and Bryson
(Siblings Without Rivalry + No-Drama Discipline =
I have a toddler who's not altogether thrilled that I'm pregnant.)
Monday, October 13, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
If someone was able to scoop up the thoughts inside my brain and pull out the reason why I love to write for kids, this is exactly what I’d want to say.
“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should by funny, and wonderful; and learning to become a reader is a terrific advantage.” –Roald Dahl
I’d also like to add, in addition to inspiring kids to read, I’m also passionate about inspiring kids to write. I think reading and writing walk hand in hand. Writing shouldn’t feel daunting either. It should be fun and exciting!
Every Wednesday, I teach a Creative Writing class to 4th and 5th Graders. Along with writing, we talk about the books my students are reading. I find it interesting that the things my students enjoy about their favorite books are qualities that show up in their own work. Which leads me to believe if you're a writer, I imagine you also love being a reader. I know I sure do.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
I’m curious about people who collect things. While I was at an SCBWI writing conference this summer, author/illustrator Judy Schachner described her creative process as an act of collecting. She creates characters by collecting and collaging images. I love this idea! So much, I began to search the Internet for things that people collect. Here’s a few of my favorites:
Cracker Jack prizes
Another thing I’d like to add to this list is... words. That’s what I collect.
In third grade, I started my first journal. Since then, I’ve accumulated dozens of journals, filled with thousands and thousands of words. Interestingly enough, I rarely reread what I’ve written. I don’t keep the journals to look over my past. Instead, I keep them because they mark time. I look at the big stack and see the years I’ve lived and the things I have inside me.
How about you? Are you a collector? What do you collect?
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Here’s what I thought about today:
Ambition is pushing through things that sometimes make you uncomfortable. Whereas, contentment is doing the things you’re good at, over and over.
Along this line of thinking, Ramona Quimby just might be the most ambitious character I’ve ever met. I love her curiosity, determination, and willingness to try something new.
Photo source: www.keepingupwithmrssmith.com
Monday, August 11, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
Whenever I get home from a writing conference, I feel inspired. At the same time, I’m slightly overwhelmed. There’s so much amazing information, it’s hard to focus.
So, as I read over my notes and think about all of the wonderful speeches, I circle sentences that tug at my heart. Here’s a few:
If you want to write, find your splinter - the thing that pierces you and won't let you go. -Megan McDonald
Treasure your faults. –Meg Rosoff
Treasure your faults. –Meg Rosoff
Be brave in your writing, even if you are not always brave in your life.
SCBWI is an incredible organization and I’m so grateful to be a member.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Here's a few pictures from my recent trip to Rhode Island,
the place where I grew up.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
May 5, 1986
When the teacher tells you to be quiet in line, you should! You should stand up straight. You should shut your mouth and be quiet. You should never talk to the person next to you. You should listen to the teacher.
I wrote this journal entry twenty eight years ago. I was in third grade. While the spelling and punctuation leave room for improvement, I continue to find inspiration from a time in my life when the good ideas were just pouring out.
For instance, I just love how opinionated the writing is: Listen to the teacher! The thing is, I can't remember if I was being an over-the-top rule follower. Or, maybe I had just gotten in trouble and I was reminding myself how to avoid getting in trouble again? I've got a feeling it's the latter of the two. I spent a great deal of third grade in trouble.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
I got this tent for my toddler and he doesn’t like it.
But here’s the good news: My cat LOVES the tent.
And considering for the past year Calvin has suffered swats, pushes, and fur-pulls from Henry, it seems as though things have worked out perfectly. Calvin totally deserves a safe place away from the grasp of a mischievous toddler. And, Henry is thrilled I’ve stopped forcing him to go into the tent.
Don’t you just love it when things work out in ways you never planned?
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Henry hobbled around the kitchen this morning and instead of looking like a toddler, he reminded me of an old war veteran with stiff knees. That’s when I realized he had a small piece of raison bread stuck to the bottom of his foot.
“Henry,” I said. “Is there bread on your foot?”
“Bread, foot,” he said.
“Let’s put the bread in the trash,” I told him.
Ignoring my suggestion, he stared at me. Then he peeled the piece of bread from the bottom of his barefoot and shoved the food into his mouth.
“Or you can put it in your mouth,” I replied.
That’s when he took the disgusting glob of bread out of his mouth, placed it on the ground, and for the second time of the morning, stepped on it.
“Ah,” I said. “So that’s how you got it to stick.”
He smiled and went back to his hobbling.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Did you know the following authors were born in March?
Patricia MacLachlan (March 3)
Mem Fox (March 5)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (March 6)
Jack Kerouac (March 12)
Carl Hiaasen (March 12)
Sid Fleischman (March 16)
Lois Lowry (March 20)
Louis Sachar (March 20)
Tennesse Williams (March 26)
Robert Frost (March 26)
Monday, February 10, 2014
March 17, 1986
I had a good time at school. First, we did morning work. And then, we watched a movie. And then, we had math. But when I got home, my cat was eating my fish. I said, "No, don't do that" and put him outside. I watched TV. And then, I had dinner.
March 18, 1986
My best part of school is lunch.
I wrote these journal entries twenty eight years ago. I was in third grade. While my penmanship and grammar leave room for improvement, the writing cracks me up.
The day went by sort of ho-hum, and then my cat ate a fish. Oh no! It's a good reminder that conflict works in even the shortest of passages. I also love that there's no reflection about the fish dying. Nope, I simply put the cat outside. Then, I watched TV and had dinner. End of story.
The next entry begins with the best part of school. Lunch, of course.
I wish I had kept more writing from a time in my life when the good ideas were just pouring out.