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Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Book Review: Junonia

Title:  Junonia Author:  Kevin Henkes Publisher: Greenwillow Books (imprint of Harper Collins) Date of Publication:  2011 Genre:  Middle Grade Fiction Rating:  4 out of 5   Brief Overview:  Every February Alice Rice and her parents vacation on Sanibel Island, Florida, the week of her birthday.  They stay in the same cabin, surrounded by the same …

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Fear of Writing (Part 1)

I made the decision in October that I would retire from teaching in May in order to devote more time to writing.  I now find myself retired and some days wondering what have I done?! While I love to write, I struggle with the concept of calling myself a writer:  seems like awfully big shoes to …

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Sunday Salon: May 25, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend is a time set aside to honor all those who bravely fought for the freedom and liberty that we enjoy in America today.  I am beyond grateful for their sacrifice. It is also the unofficial mark of the beginning of summer.  The city pools are now open (although the cool, damp weather …

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Writing Seminar: Writing Lessons from the Front (Angela Hunt) – Part 4

This is the final part of a four part series which reviews Angela Hunt‘s Writing Seminar for HACWN on Saturday, April 26th.  Part 1 focused on the Plot Skeleton, Part 2 focused on Character Development and Point of View, and Part 3 focused on Evoking Emotion, Creating Tension, and Avoiding Weasel Words. Traditional vs Self-Publishing Angela …

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Sunday Salon: May 18, 2014

Teaching:  This week was a roller-coaster of emotions.  I gave the last final of my career on Tuesday … posted the grades … and delivered the commencement speech at Friday’s graduation.  And now… I am officially retired. While it has not really sunk in (after all, teachers typically have the summer months off) I am …

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