Revamping book three, Breaking Earth, and thinking about republishing it combined with Grim Phantasm.
In an effort to better the continuity of the story, I have been storyboarding in Scrivener, the best writing program I've ever used. Each of my scenes has been placed in a virtual notecard that I can move around depending on the order of events.
I'm pretty excited! Pics to follow.
I have learned that I can only get the words done when Write or Die has the ability to scare the crap out of me every time I stop writing. Thus, I am actually c...apable of 1000 words in 30 minutes rather than the 300 words in 30 minutes that I usually crank out. Big difference. Yesterday, using Write or Die, I cranked out 500 words in ten minutes, a new record!
Anyone who hasn't tried Write or Die yet and can't seem to get that word count in, do it now!~ It saved my life.
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I just had the most amazing experience. About two months ago, I was hired to teach a five-year old girl English. She knew only the alphabet song and could not recognize the letters or their sounds if they were put in front of her. I started slow. Every class, we would sing through the song while she followed along on a sheet of paper with the letters on it. [ 335 more words. ]
I know I promised weekly posts, and I apologize for not following through. I am prepared, now, to give my progress report for life as a teacher and author, however. This week is my last week at the college I work at as a writing consultant, freeing up my time for the rest of the month. So, starting next Monday, I will write at least ten pages every day in [ 107 more words. ]
Over the past year, Facebook users have been lobbying for a “Dislike” button to express their feelings about unwanted or distasteful posts. Well, the message got through to Facebook, but it did not have the outcome the users wanted. Instead of a “Dislike” button—which was all that was asked for—five other buttons now accompany the lonely “Like” button: “love,” “wow,” “haha,” “angry,” and “crying.” While the “angry” emoji button is close in meaning to the desired “Dislike” button, it does not quite hit the mark. [ 516 more words. ]
It's that time of year, folks! I'll be finishing up Breaking Earth by the end of this month and hopefully publishing by the end of May. My word count goal is 60,000, and I'll be posting weekly updates on my progress. However, if you want more detailed updates plus special excerpts from the book, please subscribe to my newsletter, which will be posted weekly this month! [ 32 more words. ]
Encouraging a Community of Learners My biggest tool for creating a community of learners is class and small-group discussions. Class discussions provide students the opportunity to share their ideas and ask questions while establishing relationships and developing the ability to seek their own answers rather than relying on the teacher for them. If I notice a common problem that the students are struggling with individually, I bring it forward to a class discussion so they can collaborate and solve it together. [ 141 more words. ]
I had an embarrassing experience on Friday... A student asked for my assistance with her homework assignment and showed me the lesson she was working from. I went over the lesson the teacher provided and determined that a couple notes were incorrect. I pointed them out, and she told me what the professor had explained to her about the notes, after which I mentally kicked myself repeatedly. [ 162 more words. ]
Though I dropped my minor in education in college, I have since found out that pretty much every teaching opportunity requires experience in education and most certainly a teaching certification. So, I have applied to take an emergency certification program in order to get the job I am passionate about, no matter where that may take me. I can only hope that in the meantime, I am able to get a temporary teaching certificate and start teaching right away. [ 115 more words. ]
Today, I received the tremendous honor of teaching a 2nd grade class as part of a job interview. The experience was both enlightening and amazing! My lesson focused on text features in nonfiction textbooks, which I didn't know was an actual category until the principal of the school gave me the topic. Anyway, back to the experience! The class was awesomely well behaved. [ 173 more words. ]
I've recently run into a problem. I've been delving into dialogue and character interaction, but somehow, I didn't feel like I was doing my characters justice. Then, last week, a long-time writing buddy pointed out, when I read a passage from my current work-in-progress, that one of my characters was starting to sound like another one. Needless to say, I was horrified to think that my characters were starting to conform to each other. [ 81 more words. ]
I've been thinking a lot about a proposal for a presentation I want to give at the International Education Conference. Though I will not be ready by April with the presentation I want to give. I'm now laying out the plans for research and development on the topic. In addition to the presentation, I plan to write a paper on the same topic because of how passionately I feel about it. [ 117 more words. ]
Here, you'll find essays that reflect my ability as a writer and information on structure and form. Literary Analysis Research_Paper Annotated Bibliography Cultural Analysis