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Writer’s Block – Thinker’s Block?

I am struggling to revise the BIG PAPER from last quarter which, as I re-read it, shows just how little I know and just how little I am changing! I am supposed to revise the paper to incorporate new information and ideas from this quarter… and I find that there are so many redundancies that […]


The Final Toll. . .

of autumn quarter was actually pretty good. Teachers: 45; me: 55. If it really were a competition, against anyone else I would have not made it. But it was more interesting and collegial than a typical grad school experience, and I am pleased with the result. In fact, the BEST part of this Master’s in […]


New pages

I wanted to let people who know me see some of my work from the last two quarters. So you will notice a major heading in the sidebar that reads “Papers 2008-2009” — the name of the half-time program I have been taking since January. Under that are other headings that link to various essays. […]


Supporting our Youth

I LOVE the way WITS (Writers in the Schools), based in Houston, Texas, supports and promotes literacy and writing. I periodically visit this blog that has a poem written by a child each day. There is so much talent, so much sharing that goes on! It makes my mama/teacher/writer/human heart glad. Today only (Nov 25) […]


November’s “Spare Time” Project (yeah, right)

I will participate in National Novel Writing Month again this year, but I doubt I will get the 50,000 word limit this time. That’s okay, I haven’t been writing much the last few months because of school, and it would be a good challenge to work toward. I suppose I will have most of the […]


6th Grade Language Arts

Well, this wasn’t just “my” project, but I had a hand in it, and I feel good about both the planning process and the execution of the unit. I am quite proud that I worked outside my comfort zone in many areas this year, but this particular project was both the most challenging and the […]


First Chapter Complete!

I signed up officially for NaNoWriMo this morning at 11 — and here it is 1:15 and I have written MORE than 1500 words! Which is good, because I realized that I need to write an average of about 1700 words (not the 1500 I had anticipated) to meet the 50,000 word goal. Gee, that’s […]


NaNoWriMo?

Like a challenge? How about adventure, romance, thrills and chills? Aspire to be/do/say something a bit more than the average? November is National Novel Writing Month. I think I will give this a try. I managed to write a chapter in the BabbleStory today… 978 words in one hour. How hard can 50,000 words be? […]


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