everyone! If you didn’t notice, this is Poetry Month, Autism Awareness Month,
Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month and the month when Earth Day is celebrated
(but should be all year…). SO I have a few websites you can browse and/or join:
Dear America: the Diary of Anetka
Kaminska, A Coal Miner’s Bride by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. This is a
fictional story about a Polish thirteen year-old whose fate is to emigrate to
America and be a bride to a coal miner.
The Kissing Game: Short Stories by Aidan
Chambers has included a set of flash fiction stories, such as The Kissing
Game and The Tower, that can be regarded as fantasy, supernatural or science
fiction or other genre.
Phonics for Teachers: Self-Instruction,
Methods, and Activities by J. Lloyd Eldredge.
book lets you study about phonics through choosing the appropriate word for the
paragraph. Then, it provides quizzes for review on the subject. At the end,
there are sample activities to do with students to help them understand
a pet teaches you a lot of things about yourself and the world.
dog is very energetic. If I didn’t read his behavior, I wouldn’t know when to
prevent his misbehavior.
Once my dog was able to take walks, I realized
something had to change with our routine. We had just returned from a walk and
my dog still was “wound up.” He began smelling the boxes around the patio and
he pulled on one of the blankets hanging out from one of them. I quickly said,
“Leave it” and said, "Here" when I gave him a chewable toy from his toy box. However, he didn’t
want me to just hand him the toy, he wanted to play with me. I didn’t realize
this at the time, so I left. He soon was back at pulling the blanket.
shortly learned that whining and fussing over this wasn’t helping the situation,
so one day after a walk, I handed him the chewable toy right away. I had him
fetch it a couple of times and later directed him to lie down and chew the toy. At
this time, I was able to say, “Good boy,” and dismiss myself while he was
taught me to be vigilant as to the needs of my pet. I knew then that he was
reading my behavior as well! I was not being a very understanding “parent” and
he was trying to get my attention. He didn’t want to destroy the blanket or
chew up the box lid. He wanted me to help him calm down.
Now, I make sure to
help him release some of the extra energy he carried back after a walk. This
way, we both got some peace.
are a couple of points about using death as a metaphor covered so far:
is an art form that has been around for countless ages.
constantly evolves and helps our understanding of love, hate, war, death,
religion, cultural and political change, and much more.
goal of poetry is to evoke feelings, ideas, and experiences on their readers.
It builds on that connection between the poet and the reader as it uses
different styles or forms, rhythm and sound for meaning.
are geared for individuals to read and for different circumstances. It has
become a good medium for discovering what death means to individuals as they
use related symbols to heighten the deep feelings toward life events.
St. Patrick’s Day! And if you don’t celebrate, enjoy your day nonetheless.
following short is revised and set in a bar (for obvious reasons). It was a
writing prompt given by Writer’s Digest a while back.
One very memorable night (but not for good reasons)
What a way to celebrate the beginning of a new year,
but with whiskey in hand. No goals set in mind, no wife to come home to, or any
just cause to get excited about, even with tax season looming in the air.
“You’d better take it easy Stan.” The bartender poured
the whiskey and wiped the counter with a cloth at the same time.
“Hey,” I pointed, “that’s a neat trick.”
I stared at the liquid and finally gulped it down in
one shot. As I placed the glass down at the bar, a beautiful woman approached
me in red stiletto heels. I almost fell off the stool trying to watch her
curves move. Her brunette hair lay perfectly flat and covered her bare
She placed her arm around my neck and gave me an
unexpected kiss right on the lips. I closed my eyes for fear of losing her
When she stopped, she smiled kind of cocky and at
that moment, I realized she was my old High School sweetheart. I remembered the
delicate way she placed her lips on mine and the usual fog of her name.
She placed her hand on my lap and this time, I burned
with sensation at the feel of her tongue rolled into my mouth, except, it wasn’t
her tongue, but something cold. I almost swallowed it when she whispered in my ear
to follow her. Her breath was hot.
Dutifully, I did, but for some reason I kept the cold
object that was like a metal ball under my tongue.
After going upstairs, she turned and pulled me by
the belt into a room. She shut the door behind her. We didn’t bother turning the
lights on. She began unbuckling my belt and I could smell the jasmine from her
It wouldn’t have made a difference how far we were
going. Something struck me on the back of the head and I swallowed whatever it
was she put in my mouth.
I raised my head when the lights went on. Everything
was multicolored on the walls and ceiling.
Next to her was a large man or other and I heard her
say, “This one will do nicely.”
just finished my first edit to my YA novel. Now, I’m exercising putting it
aside before I do a final edit. Then, I could look for agents, editors, and
publishers. And the process to get my manuscript in print doesn’t end there.
you’ve ever written a resume for a position, you know that selling your skills
and qualities is important to landing that job. It’s the same with writing,
except, you sell the writing itself. That’s why I worked on my query letter and
synopsis while I set my novel aside, and writing them takes a lot more effort.
a synopsis, you have to condense a lot of information about what the whole
story is in either one page or three. One thing that helped me was having an
outline with a short description of what occurred in each chapter. Another
thing that helped me was going online to other blogs for helpful info. There
are tons of books on the subject, too that provide samples.
query is probably the hardest to do. That’s the resume part of selling your
writing. It’s where you provide the title, a paragraph synopsis, your
qualifications, and contact information. If the agent, editor, or publisher didn’t
find something that stands out, then they might pass on the work.
good to have someone else to read your query and synopsis, and you have to go
through a lot of revisions just like your manuscript.