Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Aiden is just a sea farmer. A young boy who works hard tending kelp and fish alongside his sister. After a violent storm, he happens upon a strange girl, who is wounded and unconscious on the beach. Chaos follows. Lava flows chase him down. A real live mermaid tries to kill him for helping the girl. And the girl herself turns out to be an Aurelus - A "mermaid" of the air.Aiden has stumbled into a war between the elements. The balance of the earth is at stake, and by extension, the fate of the human race. And he, as a human, might just be the key to establishing peace between the warring elementals.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Mud, not fireworks. I've yet to hear a metaphor that describes the difference between a bad school year and a good one better than this does.
She associated books with cuddles on the rocking chair on her mother’s lap, sweetly learning to read first words, then pages, then whole stories in the happy relaxed knowledge that she was the centre of her mother’s focus and pride. Her emerging literacy was greeted with so much encouragement and praise, with so many and hugs and kisses, that she learnt to read fast, without a moment of strain or tension, doing her best to please her mother because it was so obvious that her mother adored her and was excited by her progress.
Duh. And yet, no one seems to get it. Thinking that worksheets and drills and stress are the best ways to accomplish things. I don't know about you, but I don't enjoy anything that was stressful to learn about. Part of the reason I still can't play the piano, probably. It was work, not fun.
And my favorite line of all:Their inherent passions and the love that flows through them freshen up an often dry and meaningless education system, enabling it to become more affectively orientated and therefore also ultimately more effective, by capturing hearts so minds will follow; they make a school year like fireworks, not mud;
By capturing hearts, so minds will follow. I can't say it any better than that.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Stereotypical and cheesy, yes. But nonetheless valid. I love this picture. It's funny and accurate at the same time.
Friday, July 29, 2011
That said, I thought I'd make a post, despite the fact that I don't know what to put on it.
I did wake up with a very interesting image in my head this morning.
Bursts of flame followed each step he took. One wrong step, one slight hesitation, and he’d be toast. Very literally. He’d have laughed at his little joke, but the belly of a volcano was no place for such things.
Bare feet flying, he leapt nimbly from stone to stone, leaving each one just as it sank away into the magma. There would be no turning back.
I thought that was rather intriguing. I mean, it's the opening scene, and we see this guy sprinting full out through a volcano. Barefoot.
Why is he in a volcano? And why the heck is he barefoot? Seriously?
I don't know the answer. But I very much intend to find out.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Guest blogger: Rachel Hauck
I’m just going to say it: Writers do need rules. Rules apply to structure – how a story is crafted and told. Voice and style are flexible. But story structure definitely has rules, and they give the author freedom to create.
A friend of mine was studying architecture. She loved drafting and creating beautiful buildings. She hated the rules and the math. Her professors would look at her designs and say, “Ruth, it’s gorgeous, but it’s going to fall down. You have to learn the math.”
She caved. “Once I learned the math and the rules, I had more options and more freedom to create what I wanted!”
The same applies to writing. A good story typically has certain elements.