Monthly Archives: February 2014

On the Writing Process: Moving Beyond a First Draft Impasse [PHOTO]

I’ve been in a sort of stand-still for the past week on the first draft of the second Squirrel Hill High novel.  I know what needs to happen, I just couldn’t figure out how to visualize it, how to stage … Continue reading

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On Reading: Connecting Readers with Goodreads and Google Hangouts

I remember the days of spending thousands of dollars on graduate courses that offered one primary experience: Sitting around a table with a bunch of other people reading the same book(s) and discussing those book(s). Now, I’m not out to … Continue reading

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Write Tip: Creative Mind vs. Critical Mind

For the first draft (at least), turn your Creative Mind ON and your Critical Mind OFF.  Keep the words/story flowing. Your Creative Mind is concerned with the story, the characters, the settings, and the imaginative expression of each of these elements. … Continue reading

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Sneak Peak: The Beating Heart of Squirrel Hill

Working on the first draft of the second Squirrel Hill High novel today, and I wrote a piece of a scene that I wanted to share. The scene is set in a public library based on the Carnegie Library of … Continue reading

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Spelling Bee 2014 (Day 2): More excellence!

More excellence from my students in Day 2 of the grade-level Spelling Bee: First Place + an additional student in the Top 10! Six of my students will be competing next week in the multi-grade Spelling Bee. First Place was … Continue reading

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Spelling Bee 2014 (Day 1): Success!

Very proud to have the First and Second Place winners of today’s grade-level Spelling Bee as my students!  Great job, guys.  And an additional two students in the Top 10 — what a day it’s been!

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