Friday, March 26, 2010

Small Actions

I sent my students off this weekend with an assignment straight from Nancie Atwell's "Lessons That Change Writers". Their job? Notice 20 small actions that could be poetry seeds. I collected a couple of great ones during school today. My favorite: Zoe grinned with satisfaction when I finished the mini-lesson by announcing that I was headed right at this moment to my writers notebook to record some of my small moment butterflies before they got away. Her grin and little chuckle were more than enough, but she also wrote down MY exact words in her Small Moments list.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Faeries of Dreamdark

I am a hobbit loving fantasy freak. I inhabit a world that my active and powerful imagination is constantly filling with magical creatures and stories. I am currently in the process of writing an alien/sorcery adventure. Yet--I rarely come across new fantasy books that I truly enjoy. Even Harry Potter didn't kindle much of a flame for me.

Lo and behold! I am only on page 99 of the first book in this series, but the hook in my reading mind is already set deep. The tug of being reeled through this world and story is a steady and wonderous pleasure.

A desperate wish: that I can somehow get this book for either a literature group set or even a whole class read-a-loud set. Shush now, I can wish.

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