How Are You Doing With Your Work In Progress?

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Hello to everyone! I hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy.

Since we all have to remain inside, I am hoping that everyone is doing well with their writing.

I am keeping a good pace with my first draft of book 3 of the Investigative Paranormal Society with about 1000 words a day. The initial draft should be done either at the end of the month or in the 1st week in May.

So, I ask all of you: how are you doing with your Work In Progress?

And remember, keep writing!

 

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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!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

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Available on Amazon

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Available on Amazon

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available on Amazon

Quotation From Edward Gibbon On Responsibility

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“When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”

                       Edward Gibbon (From The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire)

What Would The Greatest Generation Do?

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My parents were in the generation that faced the twin horrors of The Great Depression and World War Two. They experienced economic hardships past anything that we are suffering today. They fought a war against two tyrannies in Japan and Germany. They fought in a war, that at the most conservative, estimate killed 56 million people. The Greatest Generation did not worry about being inconvenienced; they did not let fear stop them. They did what they had to do, and they sacrificed in ways that are almost incomprehensible to people today.

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I shake my head when I see people protesting the lockdowns that are aimed at saving lives. They speak of inconvenience. Could these people have fought World War Two or lived through the hardships of the Great Depression? I think not. I know people are frustrated, but people gathering in crowds in protests, with no masks, are begging not only to be infected with Covid-19, but also they will spread it to others, including their loved ones, workers, and health care people. What can justify such selfishness?

We, as a society, need to learn from the sacrifices, the strength, and the courage of the Greatest Generation.

 

The Past Two (and more ) Weeks – School Then and Now, Part 4

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Here is another excellent post on reading from that extraordinary teacher–Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

In Part 3, I jumped right into what children need most and what I do best, reading aloud.  Setting up a YouTube channel gave them stories every day.  It was also a constant.  Then, we challenged children with art, scavenger hunts, plus math and science activities.  We encouraged children to send us photos of what they were doing, and also how they responded to our challenges.  They loved it.  The pictures flowed, and that opened the door to writing back and forth with children.

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When there is a pandemic or a crisis of any kind, we all grab onto what is near and dear to us.  Routine and familiar events and faces that we take for granted suddenly become incredibly important.  For children this is magnified, and perhaps their one and only lifeline.

As a teacher, I know this all too well.

The constant I can give…

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A Writing Check-in!

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Hello to all the writers out there!

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

I wanted to ask how your writing is progressing. Are you working on a first draft or editing or both? I have been getting about 1000 words a day on my current first draft; I have about 37,000 now. I hope to be finished with that initial draft at the end of the month or early next month. Then it will be a month of revisions!

Now, this will be a bit of shameless self-promotion, but if you are having difficulty finishing your first draft, then please check out my book–Get The Draft Done! in which I offer strategies for finishing your first draft.

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

 

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbook

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.

32570160

Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

FOE_Cover_French

 

Available on Amazon

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

GetthedraftdonepossEbookcover!-page-001

available on Amazon

Quotations on Dictatorship

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“Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.”

                                                                      Mario Vargas Llosa

 

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“Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited.”

                                                                     John F. Kennedy

 

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“Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy.”

                                                                     Jorge Luis Borges