Reading and Writing Quotations



“Read a lot. Reading really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on.”                                    J. K. Rowling


“I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice, so I’m in good company there.”                                         J. K. Rowling



“Believe in yourself. Keep writing.”  Neil Gaiman

“Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been. Once you’ve visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different.”                                              Neil Gaiman



“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”            Ray Bradbury

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

                                                                  Ray Bradbury

Happy Birthday to Stephen King!



I want to wish a happy birthday to one of the great American writers–Stephen King! 

Stephen King is not only a prolific writer, having created 63 works of fiction and 5 of nonfiction, all of which have become best seller, but also he is finally being recognized as one of the great American writers.

Stephen King, one of the most important and best American writers, continues to receive acknowledgement of his work on extremely visible and important stages.  On September 10, 2015 President Obama presented Mr. King with a National Medal in the Arts.



Mr. King also was garnered the 2003 lifetime achievement award from the National Book Awards.

I am both a beginning novelist and an experienced educator, with a Ph.D. in English Literature. I am not saying that to be an egoist; rather, I want to show that there are those in the academic world who consider Mr. King to be an extraordinary writer.


Mr. King has, for many years, demonstrated his talent for telling deeply powerful stories with moving themes and unforgettable characters.  Some of his work stands as among the best novels written.  Hearts In Atlantis and The Stand are, in my opinion, masterpieces of literature.



the-stand book

Once again, I want to wish a very happy birthday to Stephen King!


Robbie Cheadle Reads Her Poetry from Behind Closed Doors a collection of unusual poems. 


Please view Robbie Cheadle reading her poem “Do you want it enough” from her book of poetry Behind Closed Doors a collection of unusual poems

I give Robbie Cheadle’s book of poetry Behind Closed Doors a collection of unusual poems my highest recommendation. Robbie Cheadle is an excellent writer of both fiction and poetry, and her work continues to be of the highest quality.

In this collection of poems, Robbie Cheadle deals with a wide variety of issues and uses a variety of forms of poetry, among them Tanka, limericks, and haiku, and she does this with great passion and control of her art. The poetry in her book is powerful, compelling, and evocative.

Several of the poems resonated with me in particular, including “Opportunity”, “Hope”, “Making a splash”, “Perspective”, “Lockdown in poverty”, and “I saw a fish a-swimming”.

Choosing these poems to highlight was difficult, because Robbie’s work is excellent throughout the book. 

If you enjoy poetry, you need to get and read this book!

Please visit Robbie Cheadle’s wonderful sites:

Roberta Writes

Robbie’s Inspiration

Robbie Cheadle–Books/Poems/Reviews

Copy of Roberta Writes - independent pub 2 theme.

September Self-Promotion Party!



It’s the ides of September, and it is a perfect time for a soon-to-be-Autumn Book promotion party!

So, don’t be shy, and be your own best publicist!




Be proud of your writing!

Let the world know about your book(s)!

Shout to the world about your writing!

Tell us about your book(s), and leave an image and a link if you can.

In order for as many people to see your work as possible,

please Tweet and reblog this post!

Here is my self-promotion: my latest book can help writers who have issues issues with finishing first drafts of their books. If that is you, I  offer direct, practical advice on how to

Get The Draft Done! Helping Writers Finish Their First Draft

by Charles F. French.


Get The Draft Done! is available here:


Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.


Please follow the following links to find my novel:


Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:


Available on Amazon


Available on Amazon


Available on Amazon

The Start of a New Year at School – Part 2


Please enjoy part II of the extraordinary teacher, Jennie’s, series on the beginning of the school year.

A Teacher's Reflections

In Part 1, I talked about welcoming children to a new year at school.

Part 2
This is the really important piece – The Teacher.  What a teacher brings to children and the classroom makes all the difference in the world.  I have written this to teachers before, yet today children need teachers more than ever.  Here is my letter to teachers:

Finding Joy – It’s the Magic Word!

Dear Teachers,

As you start your new school year, there is one word that will get you through the uncertainty and the worry.  It’s the same word that is the heart of educating.  That word is ‘joy’.  No, it’s not the happiness that children bring. It’s the happiness that you bring because it inspires and ignites the mind and the heart of children.  Yes, that’s how it works.

Children come to you with big eyes, looking at you to teach…

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The Start of a New Year at School – Part 1


Here is an excellent post, the beginning of a series, from the extraordinary teacher, Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

When children come to school next week, they will be greeted at the front entrance by this hand painted dove.  I can’t imagine anything more welcoming for children than walking across this threshold to start their day at school.

This Peace Dove goes way back, and was painted by Janine, then a parent in my class – the same parent who drew children’s ideas for the Peace Quilt.  As years have passed, she has repainted the Peace Dove whenever needed.  See, parents hang on long after their child has left school, much like children do.

Janine is an artist, and her daughters were in my class.  It’s surprising (in the best of ways) how art can play such a huge role in school.  I only have three art posters in the classroom; a sun by Eric Carle, a Grandma Moses painting, and Starry Night.  That’s it.  Janine’s daughter, Juliet, always…

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Are You Down for a Series? #1 Flight~


Please enjoy these wonderful photographs from Cindy Knoke!

Hummingbirds in flight are difficult photos for me.

You can see his tongue here,

and here.

The world has been so depressing for such a long time now,

that I am sharing some of what keeps me going.

And risk boring you with too many photos.

I am going to post a series of hummingbirds, macros are next.

Hummingbirds help me realize how hopeful the world still is.

I hope they help you too. Cheers to you from The Holler Hummers~

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Beck’s Review


Please read another one of my students’ introductory posts!

Beck's Review

About Me

Creator: Rebecca Yamoah


Hello! My name is Rebecca Yamoah, an undergraduate student at Lehigh University located in Bethlehem, PA. I am majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience, a discipline that focuses on the biological basis of human behavior. The major combines the disciplines of psychology and biology to provide an understanding of how the behavior of humans and other animals is controlled by physiological systems.

I grew up on the coast of South Jersey with my parents and three older siblings who are originally from Ghana. I have an interests in music, interior design, lifestyle, and literature. I am just an ordinary college student who is passionate about giving meaningful reviews, tips, and advice to others. I have a podcast called “Beck’s Review” and I am planning on adding more updated content in the near future. My podcast is available on all podcast streaming platforms. The first couple…

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Rylin’s Rhymes: A Brief Introduction with a Beat


Here is another of my students’ introductory blog posts!

Rylin Douthit

Through various different readings, notes, essays, and tears
My mind felt worn out and tired; a feeling I’ve dreaded for years.

Slowly but surely, I submitted my homework assignments one by one
Awaiting for the moment I can finally celebrate and say: “I’m done!”

I truly am excited for college and my scholarly years ahead
But if I’m being honest, a lot of these homework assignments make me want to stay in bed.

But alas, as I read this one last assignment off my screen
A lightbulb switched on in my head, causing a rush of dopamine.

An introduction blog post, it said, and I knew just what to do
I’ll tell you about me, and hopefully I can learn about you too!

I quickly ran to my computer and sat down alone
So I could start to tell you about myself through a poem.

I’m here at Lehigh from…

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Celebrating Our “Lost” Subgenre: the Return of Paula Guran & The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror


Please read this excellent post on horror by KC Redding-Gonzalez, an extraordinary literary critic of Horror and Gothic.

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

I don’t know how I missed it, but I was asleep at the switch for the return of award-winning Horror editor Paula Guran to the Battle of the Best-Of Anthologies. In the deep, dark, dreary days of 2020, Guran returned to the genre with the revitalized Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (returning as Volume One with new publisher Pyr…making it a kind of reset of the series formerly published by Prime Books.

For those of us who favored her work in anthologies and felt exiled from British editor Stephen Jones’s Best Horror (which these days limps across the pond with irregularity and a huge price increase), a long drought is over. Can I get an “hallelujah”?

This is truly good news – especially because included in Guran’s selections is a healthy dose of Dark Fantasy, a Horror subgenre often relegated to the fringes and dismissed as more Fantasy and…

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Reading with Sophie


I wanted to share one of my student’s blogs!

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Hello! My name is Sophie Weisenfeld and I’m from Long Island, New York. I’m creating this blog for my English 11 class. I have never created my own blog before so this is very exciting for me! Some of my interests include spending time with family and friends as well as reading whenever I can. I also love to spend time with my two dogs, Luke and Lola. My favorite book of all time would have to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which I read for my AP Literature class, my favorite class in high school. I like all types of literature, and often try to branch out and read different genres. Recently, I’ve been reading more mystery novels which are very thrilling (I just finished The Secret History by Donna Tarte). I am hoping to enjoy the books we read in class, as I don’t typically…

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