Posts Tagged ‘writing’

My take on Handwriting Without Tears

Friday, September 2nd, 2011 by by

Let me preface this by saying we’ve been using the program for a grand total of two days now, so I am subject to change my mind on this at a later time. But I don’t think I will: everything I’ve seen thus far with our new Handwriting Without Tears workbooks has me excited. I did some research over the summer (but mostly I lounged around the house in the a/c), and I knew this particular line of books existed, but I had never paid much attention. Everything I’d heard from friends touted its greatness, but I personally like to see and feel my books in a store before making a purchase, so if Wal-Mart or Books A Million didn’t carry it, I didn’t own it.

I was thoroughly impressed with the HWT website; they seem to have included just about everything: samples, PDFs of actual pages, research, lots of reasons to use their curriculum because of their unique approach, and even access to free online tools. If nothing else, they have a slick marketing team. (more…)

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Just Write #6 – Everyone Does it!

Saturday, February 19th, 2011 by by
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As a part of my new posting ideas, here is this week’s Just Write Post, participating from DishwaterDreams.com. If you want to see this week’s and others, CLICK HERE.

Prompt #7 – Listening In

I “listen in” all the time. I even ignore Hubs sometimes to “listen in” on someone else’s conversation. I know it’s a bad habit, but I just love to hear what others are talking about. Yesterday, as we were walking into the grocery store, I heard a man, as he was walking out, talking on the phone. He was telling the other person on the line that he was the boss, and that there is no room for mistakes. I just thought to myself about the whole economy, and that so many people are out of a job. I would think that if I have some good and dedicated employees, I should be glad that they are all making money and want to treat them with respect. Then again, if I were the other person on the line, why would I want to work for someone that doesn’t has respect for his employee?

Hubs has always makes fun of me because I had four jobs last year. I don’t just want a job, I want a career. I want one that I love and that I can relax, not feel pressure, and just enjoy it! Of course, I still am not sure what I want to do exactly, but I’m looking and thinking about it.

And yes, I got all that from just overhearing a few words of a conversation. I love how the mind works! lol

Happy Saturday!

Just Write – One Word

Sunday, February 6th, 2011 by by

As a part of my new posting ideas, here is this week’s Just Write Post, participating from DishwaterDreams.com. If you want to see this week’s and others, CLICK HERE.

Writing Prompt #5 – One Word
Words are the life of anything that is written. Good writing tries to take those words and get the reader to feel an emotion without telling the reader how to feel. What words in your life have great meaning? What are the connotations and denotations of that word?

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Oh geez… just one word…. lol. Here it goes….

LOVE.
Love is the one word I choose to use on a daily basis. It may be toward a family member or towards a stranger. The word love brings me a feeling of wholeness, completeness, and acceptance. Love is the one thing that people long for in this world. It is also the one thing that I believe is lacking. We should show that we love our neighbors. Love is also a word that is not used lightly. Love also makes people afraid and shy away. We should however embrace the word.

Writing, writing, writing, right?

Monday, December 6th, 2010 by by

Ah, writing. A love after my own heart, and, like reading, I strongly believe it’s a love your children will naturally pick up on when they see you engaging in it. We don’t need studies conducted to know that children observe what their parents value and spend time on and follow suit.

Whether it’s making grocery lists, To-do lists, writing to a friend, writing a story, or just writing for the fun of it, let your kids see you writing (not typing) on a regular basis. If you force it or “make” it a lesson it may not be as fun (unless your child loves to play school) but incorporate writing into your daily life, and they are sure to follow the interest.

My kindergartner already knows how to write all her letters and can spell some words independently and for the rest she asks me how to spell the words she wants to write as she goes. People ask me “how” she is advanced, but it’s nothing I’ve done, she naturally excells in this area because she thoroughly enjoys spending her time writing. Every day she is writing letters to friends, making grocery lists and making up stories. A lot of time with the stories she dictates them to me and I write them, but this too, stimulates her love for creating stories, writing and reading! Often she’ll draw the pictures and have me write the story she makes up underneath it. Then when dad gets home from work, he reads the story to her before bed, delighting her in the fact that the story she made up really can be read, letters make words, etc. When a third person who wasn’t present for her telling it can know what it says… the magic of the written word is an adventure that, if lovingly encouraged, will hopefully never leave your children.
Here are a few more tips I can offer in the way of encouraging, depending on the age of your kids.

Find them a pen-pal or two, or three… kids love getting and sending mail, and you can teach how to address an envelope and stamp it while you’re at it. This also begins opportunity to teach them grammar and how to properly start and end a letter. You can even decorate a special box for them to keep their (more…)

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Catchup

Saturday, October 9th, 2010 by by

Right. My brain is still recovering from the whole insane writing bender I went on. Also, I think I need to cut back on the coffee.

But EXCITING news: J got motor training.

He’s all, “I don’t know, it’s so hard.”
And I’m all, “You loser, you always say it’s hard, and then you’re like the top driver (or shooter) in everything you do.”

So he comes home today and goes, “I almost dropped the bike. It was awful.”
And I go, “Did anyone else drop their bike?”
J: “Well…”
Me: “How many?”
J: “All of them.”
Me: “So you’re the only who didn’t drop the bike?”
He nods.
I roll my eyes. (more…)

Things I Learned From Writing A Book

Sunday, August 29th, 2010 by by

1. Don’t develop a bad habit that helps you write. I read this somewhere along the line…like don’t drink and write, don’t eat and write, don’t do anything and write – otherwise, three weeks and 40,000 words later, you’ll find out you can’t write without said item. *slurp* So true.

2. Make Every Word Count. I read this and thought, yeah, whatever. I mean, some words are just filler words – the, and, an, he, she, it – and that was about the point where I had this tiny story and 80,000 words. Then you go through this process of paring down your words itself, and that left me with 60,000 words. Then I learned to make my story bigger, again, with less words. That left me with 40,000 words. My story was twice as big with half as many words. Think I had much filler? Every word has to count, it really does. And if you have “filler,” you aren’t done editing.

3. Save For A Therapist. At Georgetown, part of my employee benefits were free counseling anytime. My co-worker made me go once after my miscarriage. I didn’t have much to talk about (as a totally unwilling client), but there have been so many times during writing Tantrum that I’ve wanted to go back. I have an entire other person walking around with me at all times. She’s seventeen and she curses and makes long ass sentences about who knows what… She takes over my head pretty much effortlessly at this point. I have enough problems with my own soul, and now I have another one in there. (more…)

54,000 Words.

Sunday, May 16th, 2010 by by

I finished my book today. By finished, I mean I wrote it for the sixteenth time, got it to the point where I’m happy with it, and need to farm it out to several beta readers. Right now, I have my lovely grammar and editing queen, Sabrina, and my two target age sisters, Hannah and Abigail. If you, for some reason, have a desire to be a beta reader for me, shoot me an email and let me know you are interested. It’s a young adult romance type thing. Beta reading is just reading it and giving me feedback on the overall story.

Anyways, to celebrate, me and J went (more…)

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The Beauty of Dreams

Sunday, April 25th, 2010 by by

This quote touches me in a way that no other quote ever has. My husband and I bought a magnet with this on it during a trip to Sausalito, CA. We were in a giddy mood from all of the great food and wine, and this quote just seemed perfect for our lives at the time. (more…)

Writing My First Letter

Friday, May 15th, 2009 by by

Mommy has been working with me on tracing the letters of the alphabet for the past week. I surprised her when I was coloring and wrote a big letter D. I was so excited I yelled at Mommy to look at my letter D. I figured that had to be worth a sticker! I got a sticker but I did some more coloring on it before she could grab the camera and get a good picture. Mommy was so proud of me, we’ve worked so much on tracing and learning to write the letters of the alphabet and she was really happy to see all that work paying off.

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