Still learning . . .

As mentioned before, I substitute teach. Exclusively at the elementary level — I’m no dummy. If I’m running the asylum, I want to make sure I’m the biggest inmate in the group. Size does matter when teaching. This week, I reverted to 3rd grade. Amazing how I always learn something new, something I’m positive I didn’t learn the first time. Science is one of those subjects, being a total left-brainer, that is more difficult for me. It’s all practical facts, while I live in the world of make-believe. However, after my day with 9-year-olds, I believe I’ve found the correlation. The science lesson for the day consisted of MATTER. Yep, MATTER. Okay, I’ll be the […]

The Original Computer

Many of you have probably already enjoyed this tidbit. Me? I’m a little late to the party occasionally, and haven’t seen this before. However, I’m old enough to truly understand this bit of wisdom. Memory was something you lost with age An application was for employment A program was a TV show A cursor used profanity A keyboard was a piano A web was a spider’s home A virus was the flu A CD was a bank account A hard drive was a long trip on the road A mouse pad was where a mouse lived And if you had a 3 inch floppy… You just hoped nobody ever found out!?! Drop by the porch […]

Reading on . . . the literature challenge

It’s been awhile — quite awhile — since I’ve posted about my reading challenge. I’m still working through my TBR (to be read) stack and completely enjoying the opportunity to meet new authors and find more great reads to cherish. I’ve add 8 new titles since last I posted about this subject. My number is now up to 36 for the year. I haven’t calculated how many weeks I have to make in order to hit my 52, and frankly at this point, the number isn’t as important as the joy of reading each week. Did you forget why I challenged everyone to read? My post on ILLITERACY explains the epidemic trend of ‘non-readers’ in […]

Building Vocabulary . . . this week’s letter is E

As writers we often fall into the rut of using the same tired words over and over again. I understand if the story is compelling enough, readers don’t always notice our stuck-in-rut trend. Personally, I’m longing for more creativity. I considered my options for the bigger word trek. Several of my fellow writing gurus plop open the dictionary –yep, the old fashioned one with pages and everything — then pursue a particular letter. Sounds doable. Some of my friends increased the size of their language skills through higher academic degrees. A number of years ago, a dear friend obtained her MBA from SMU. When I asked what a difference the higher-priced degree made in her […]

To theme or not to theme . . .

It’s not really a question of ‘can I theme or not’. Because the bottom line for writers is they must possess an ability to craft their words around theme. I’ve posted before that themes and I don’t get along, see eye-to-eye, hey, we don’t normally exist on the same planet. I scandalously use my critique partners, my English Liter-major collegiate daughter, even my two kids still at home to grasp the concept of theme and shove it one more time — forcefully — into my brain. Image my delight, okay, it was more like downright squeals of excitement when I discovered while teaching (4th grade) today, an insider’s tip for building theme. Three simple ideas, […]