The Blooming Rose

May 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

This poem is so beautiful and a lovely lead in to the new school year heading our way.

The Squatting Sasquatch

by Anonymous

(written in 1919, found stuck between the pages of a book)

 

What is it like, to be a rose?

 

Old roses, softly, “Try and see.”

 

Nay, I will tarry. Let me be

In my green peacefulness and smile.

I will stay here and dream awhile.

‘Tis well for little buds to dream,

Dream–dream–who knows–

Say, is it good to be a rose?

Old roses, tell me! Is it good?

 

Old roses, very softly,”Good.”

 

I am afraid to be a rose!

This little sphere wherein I wait,

Curled up and small and delicate,

Lets in a twilight of pure green,

Wherein are dreams of night and morn

And the sweet stillness of a world

Where all things are that are unborn.

 

Old rose,“Better to be born.”

 

I cannot be a bud for long.

My sheath is like a heart…

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A Conversation about Standardized Testing

May 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

The dreaded Standardized Test… but wait, there is a reason we should dislike it? Listen to their discussion on standardized testing.

Truth & Culture

I recently had the privilege of recording my first Quiddity podcast for the CiRCE Institute with David Kern.  We had a conversation about standardized testing and classical education.  Take a listen HERE!

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The Unknown Citizen

January 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Unknown Citizen.

Why Your Book Does Not Suck

January 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Encouragement!

Teens Can Write, Too!

Dear Writer,

I get it.

I really, really get it.

Sometimes it’s so easy to feel like your book sucks. It’s so easy to feel like your book sucks while you’re writing it, so easy to feel like your book sucks while you’re in the middle of revising it, so easy to feel like your book sucks even long after you finish it. And by extension, it’s so easy to want to give up on that book.

But here’s what I have to say to that: don’t.

Doubts like this? They happen to every writer, all of the time. Ask any published author, and they’ll tell you that they not only thought their book sucked during much of the time they wrote and revised it, but that most likely, even to this day they still have moments where they feel like their book is crap. Don’t believe me? Well, what about this: remember how J.K…

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__really bad analogies

December 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is hilarious!

Ermilia

Sometimes when we are writing, we try to spruce up the story with a few analogies. Sometimes they’re good, and sometimes they are not so good. Here are some hilarious examples of really bad analogies. I doubt these are true analogies from high school students but I still thought this was a definite list to share. I can’t pick my favourite but #5 and #7 stood out for me!

– Ermisenda Alvarez

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Heinlein’s Rules for Writing (By Robert J. Sawyer)

December 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

S. E. L U N D

Rule One: You Must Write

It sounds ridiculously obvious, doesn’t it? But it is a very difficult rule to apply. You can’t just talk about wanting to be a writer. You can’t simply take courses, or read up on the process of writing, or daydream about someday getting around to it. The only way to become a writer is to plant yourself in front of your keyboard and go to work.

And don’t you dare complain that you don’t have the time to write. Real writers buy the time, if they can’t get it any other way. Take Toronto’s Terence M. Green, a high-school English teacher. His third novel, Shadow of Ashland, just came out from Tor. Terry takes every fifth year off from teaching without pay so that he can write; most writers I know have made similar sacrifices for their art.

(Out of our hundred original…

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The Seven Point Plot Structure

December 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

S. E. L U N D

From Lisa Bouchard’s Website: Looks like great advice! I think I might use this for my current WIP:

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The seven points are:

  • Hook
  • Plot Turn 1
  • Pinch 1
  • Midpoint
  • Pinch 2
  • Plot Turn 2
  • Resolution
  • Ice Monster Prologue (OK, so this is optional, but can be used effectively)

You don’t develop your plot this way, though. Here’s the order you work in:

  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • Setting
  • Resolution – This is the climax, not the denouement. Everything leads up to this point and you need to know what happens here, and whether it’s plot-based, external conflict or whether it’s character-based internal conflict.
  • Hook – This is the opposite state of the resolution, automatically creating an arc of progress. You must get your readers invested in the story with your hook or risk them putting your book down after the first few pages and never buying another written by you.
  • Midpoint –…

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