Reading and Writing Quotations

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“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

 

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“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

 

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“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

How Is Your Writing Progressing?

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November is coming to an end, and some of you have been doing NaNoWriMo, and others have continued with a somewhat less frenzied pace.

I am one of the people who tries to write on a regular basis and avoids binge writing. I recently finished a first draft of my latest horror novel, so I have begun a first draft of another book–I never run out of ideas! Soon, I will also work on revising a previous draft of a historical fiction/romance novel.

By the way, if you are wondering how I manage to do this, check out my book Get The Draft Done!  Helping Writers Finish Their First Draft — how’s that for a bit of shameless self-promotion?!

So, I ask all of you: how is your writing going?

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Get The Draft Done! is available here: Amazon.com

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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.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

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Thank you!

My radio interview:

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Happy Thanksgiving–2022!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful day today.

Please remember to recognize the positives and the blessings in your lives.

And please remember to give thanks to those who help us in many ways. So many are away from home, friends, and family, and we should all give them a moment of thanks.

Please try to remember those who are less fortunate, and try to find some kindness and to continue to spread it throughout the year.

To my friends, including my many blogging friends, and family, –thank you! I am grateful for all of you.

I would also like to ask all of you:  For what are you thankful?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Education Quotations

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“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

                                                                              Margaret Mead

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“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

                                                                              Thomas Paine

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“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

                                                                              Plato

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“Education is essential for the improvement of humanity, and it must continue throughout a person’s life. We are never too young nor too old to learn. We must embrace curiosity about the world around us, and we should learn every day of our lives.”

                                                                             Charles F. French

My Teacher Lightbulb Moment – Part 1

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Please read and enjoy this excellent post from the extraordinary teacher, Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

Fellow blogger Don at Don Ostertag: Off Stage recently commented, “If only other teachers were children at heart.”

It hit home with me, because that is when I became a ‘real’ teacher.  That’s when I found my heart.  No, that’s when I melded with children’s hearts.

It happened like this…

I was always a good teacher.  I planned exciting lessons.  Children loved me.  Parents were happy.  Yet, back then I never understood there was more to being a teacher.  Well, perhaps I never realized it at the time.

Early on in my preschool teaching, I interacted with children with the best of intentions, yet often struggled to feel that I had made a connection, much less a difference.  Even though I was always a caring and kind teacher, there was a self imposed ‘you and me wall’.  I was the teacher, and you were the student.  Teaching meant teaching information…

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Never Underestimate Children’s Creativity

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Please enjoy another wonderful post from the brilliant teacher, Jennie!

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I am still learning.  After 39 years of teaching preschool, I still learn from children.  Thank goodness!  Today was one of those days, or I should say one of those ‘moments’.

It happened like this…

We’re learning about woodland animals.  Bears have been very popular.  Our loft has become a bear cave, we had a Teddy Bear Clinic with a nurse, and we made a giant Brown Bear, Brown Bear with ‘tear art’.


Children are working hard.

Today we created our own bears.  We had many circles of different sizes and shades of brown.  Watching children select the sizes of the circles, and how they placed them for bear parts was a joy.  Every child’s perception was different.  Vastly different.  Art and creativity flowed.

And then there was Maddie…

She’s one of the older children.  She loves art, so when she glued this I was surprised:

“Maddie, can you tell…

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It Is Time For The November Self-Promotion Party!

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Hello to all the writers out there and reading this blog!

It is well into the month of November, so it is time for a shameless self-promotion party; please do not be shy about your work.

Writers need to be their own best publicists, and we should also help each other!

Let the world know about your book(s)!

Promote them as much as you can!

Shout to the world about your writing!

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

Here is my shameless self-promotion: my latest nonfiction book can help writers who have 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.

In order for as many people to see your work as possible, please Tweet, and reblog this post!

Please remember to be proud of your work!

My latest novel is Evil Lives After: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 3.

Available on Amazon

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Get The Draft Done! is available here: Amazon.com

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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.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

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My radio interview:

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Reviews Of House Bird by Robert Fillman

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I am honored to say that my friend and the brillian poet, Robert Fillman, continues to receive excellent reviews for his extraordinary book House Bird. Can all of you tell how much I like this book?

For those of you who love poetry, this collection is one you should have. I will supply links to reviews and Robert Fillman’s Amazon page.

Also, if you can do it, please be sure to leave a review!

Review by John Riccion

in The Night Heron Barks

Review by Brian Finelli

in Pedestal Magazine

All of the reviews and more can be found in: robertfillman.com

To purchase a copy, please go to Robert’s Amazon page: Amazon

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Please  consider buying and reviewing this excellent book of poetry!

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Today is Veterans Day, and I simply wanted to offer my thank you to all the men and women who have served or are serving our country in the Armed Forces.

This day began with Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, which ended the First World War. Congress formalized Armistice Day as a national holiday in 1938. After World War II and The Korean War, the day was renamed Veterans Day, and it serves as a time to honor all of those who have served or are serving.

Please let it be a day of honor and thanks, not one of special sales deals. It is a day to recognize the commitment, duty, sacrifice, and service of the men and women who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces.

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Writers: Have Faith In Yourselves!

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To all the writers out there, who keep working on their books, stories, poems, or any other work, you can do it.

Have faith in yourself.

Keep imagining.

Keep thinking.

Keep drafting.

Keep writing.

You can do it!

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How Is Your Writing Progressing?

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It is the month for often frenzied writing activity, although I hope most of you continue on a regular pace throughout the year. I have found that such an approach of doing about 500 words a day is extremely productive. At that pace, you can produce about 150,000 words in a year, or about two first drafts!

I am very pleased to say that I have just finished the first draft of a horror novel I have been working on. The draft is a mess and needs a great deal of revision, but now I have something to work on. I will put it aside and begin writing another first draft.  Then comes revision.

So, I ask all of you: how is your writing going?

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