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Safety at the ocean & whatever happened to Pixieland? Plus Google Docs & some very pretty pictures

September 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Art, Education, Misc., Writing

This week’s lessons: This time of year, and again in the spring, I talk with the students about sneaker waves on the Oregon coast. (Warning: That video may be a little intense for the younger kids; you might want to preview it first.) My family loves the beach, and in spite of safety warnings, knowing [...]

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happy holidays! time to read and write ;)

December 21st, 2011 · Comments Off · Quote of the Day, Writing

“My stories run up and bite me in the leg — I respond by writing them down — everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.” – Ray Bradbury, science-fiction writer (b. 1920)

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QOTD: Orwell

November 7th, 2011 · Comments Off · Author! Author!, Quote of the Day, Writing

“I did try very hard to tell the whole truth without violating my literary instincts. One can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality. Good prose is like a window pane.” — George Orwell, writer (1903-1950)

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QOTD: On Writing

October 27th, 2011 · Comments Off · Quote of the Day, Writing

“The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or a new thing in an old way.” — Richard Harding Davis, journalist and author (1864-1916)

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Swiss Army Librarian

September 7th, 2011 · Comments Off · Author! Author!, Educational Web Sites, Libraries, Library Politics, Quote of the Day, Writing

Love this website. (And this one — Neil Gaiman’s Journal).

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QOTD: Cassandra Clare

June 15th, 2011 · Comments Off · Author! Author!, Quote of the Day, Writing

“I don’t want to be a man,” said Jace. “I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can’t confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.” “Well,” said Luke, “you’re doing a fantastic job.” — Cassandra Clare (City of Ashes)

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for the kids and reluctant writers in the house: tips on writing (without a whole lot of stress)

June 7th, 2011 · Comments Off · Writing

Dear Readers, Are you out there? Howdy. So… I have been hearing some complaints lately about writing. 1) how hard it is 2) how stupid it is 3) how tricky it is 4) why do we even have to do this? Writing = hard work, but writing also can = fun. Fantastic fun. Filling up [...]

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QOTD: Anne Frank

May 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Quote of the Day, Writing

“They mustn’t know my despair, I can’t let them see the wounds which they have caused, I couldn’t bear their sympathy and their kind-hearted jokes, it would only make me want to scream all the more. If I talk, everyone thinks I’m showing off; when I’m silent they think I’m ridiculous; rude if I answer, [...]

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“Becoming An Artist: Tips from Pam Munoz Ryan”

October 24th, 2009 · Comments Off · Author! Author!, Writing

(from the book “Becoming Naomi Leon,” by Pam Munoz Ryan.) 1. Play. Do it every day and pretend often. Dress up and act out. Dramatic play will help you understand the concept of story. 2. Look. Take in the details of your environment. Listen to how people speak, notice names… and if something really strikes [...]

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