Monday, January 30, 2017

Writing Endeavors 12: Believe in Yourself

I believe we all have found 2016 to be a progressive year toward our goals or else we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Aspiring to be a writer and poet is not an easy feat, but there are accomplishments along the way that help get us closer to it, making our outlook change so we could call ourselves ‘writers.’
Looking back at 2016, I’ve published some poetry and got two short stories accepted. I’ve sent queries and received some back with promising rejections. I also began a new fantasy novel about a reluctant prince and wrote some more short stories. I’ve got on twitter to begin my journey onto social media and have found lots of information from authors in all walks of life.
Yep, there have been accomplishments last year and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring.
Though, it might not seem like a lot, to a person with a daytime job, it has been a lot. And I sincerely hope everyone can look back at their progress with positive binoculars. Every little bit counts =)

Here’s cheering for the new year!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Books I’m Reading 29

Publish your Book: Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author by Patricia Fry. This book deals with the importance of promoting your book to how to get your manuscript ready for publication. A lot of great tips.

The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield is a collection of poetry. As you read, you feel as the poetry is whispered by the wind. Very interesting formats, too.

Creatures of Fantasy: Mermaids by Kathryn Hinds. This book provides illustrations that go along with the myths and folklore surrounding mermaids.

Creatures of Fantasy: Unicorns by Kathryn Hinds. This book provides illustrations that go along with the myths and legends about the unicorn. Early tales written by prestigious men are included to show the thinking of the times.

Creatures of Fantasy: Dragons by Kathryn Hinds. This book provides illustrations that go along with the myths and legends about the dragon. It mentions how people viewed fossils at an age where science was in its infancy.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Teaching Moments 6: Getting Informed

    Recently, I watched a NOVA special about schools. I list a few of the things mentioned in the special titled: NOVA’s School of the Future: How can the Science of Learning help us rethink the future of education for all children?

It aired on PBS a while back, but it can be found on DVD.

·         One of the premises: they were using scientific studies ranging from behaviorists to neurologists to engineers, scientists try to find what motivates and helps students learn
·         they observed schools in Palo Alto from both sides of the freeway (East Silicon Valley area and West area)
·         they’ve come up with various innovative schools geared to technology and hands-on approaches as well as adding character building lessons to aid students’ learning (I found this section very interesting)
·         to best meet student needs, they found that individualizing lessons and teaching the whole child is better as well as working on emotional relationships with them, such as making them feel that they matter
·         parental support and involvement is important starting from preschool on (the key word here is ‘preschool’)
·         there are things that get in the way of learning such as the divide between rich/well-to-do vs. poor (a really huge gap)
          If you found those points resonating with you, it’s a good DVD/episode to watch for information on what schools are experimenting with. So far, no one size fits all. We have to find what motivates and interests the child as well as what they are capable of.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Art 12: La Desnudez (The Nude)

Charcoal is my favorite medium for drawing.
This piece was done during my art class days (when I had more time to actually draw). But it's a good reminder that it's possible to achieve a piece with fairly good shading. 
I say fair because I’m an amateur artist. Not a professional who sells their work and practices every day. Kudos to all the artists out there!
For La Desnudez, I like the focus on the hip area leading to the thighs. It’s a hard movement to place on paper. Adding the background also helps enhance this portion of the body

Monday, January 2, 2017

Quote 23

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
-The Dalai Lama

A quote like this always reminds me of the less fortunate, children, the elderly, and our animals. I hope we all find the strength to help a little (or a lot). The following is a short list of some organizations that help animals. Let’s start the New Year positively!

Alley Cat Rescue: Alliance for Cat Protection
find their Wish List on

Network for Animals USA, Inc.
Twitter: @network4animals

Alley Cat Allies: the cat’s leading advocate

North Shore Animal League America: Rescue, Nurture, Adopt, Educate

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

LCA (Last Chance for Animals)

Doris Day Animal League

Visit them and see how you can help. Maybe by signing petitions or writing letters or donating food, clothing, money or volunteering. If you’re not sure, check them out at Charity Navigator. Most of these websites provide information on how to keep pets healthy, too. Recommended to visit for cruelty-free products.