Monday, February 24, 2014

The End

I am ending this blog.  I love writing and I love teaching.  However, I have found that I really don't like writing about writing, but I love writing about teaching.  So, I am ending this blog and restarting the blog I had before - Hard Core English Teacher.  It is much more my style.  I have had a hard time really finding my voice here and I think it showed.  So, thanks for those who came along for the ride.  Good luck with your writing!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I saw this commercial on TV a few weeks ago and wanted to share it.  It speaks to all aspiring authors out there.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Quotable Quotes - Part 7

Some more words of wisdom from published authors to aspiring authors:

"The easiest thing to do on earth is not write." - William Goldman

"Writing a novel is a heady experience, for a novelist creates worlds and plays God." - Sidney Sheldon

"I consider terror the finest emotion, so I will try to terrify the reader. If I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify; and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud." - Stephen King

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” - Douglas Adams

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” - Madeleine L'Engle

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” - Ernest Hemingway

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” - J.D. Salinger

“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” - Mark Twain

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” - Saul Bellow

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Weird Cover Wednesday

Now I'm curious.  How did he kiss her?  I might would actually read the stinking comic to find out!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday Matinee

An old one, I know, but even if you've seen it, you'll want to watch it again.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Authors on Twitter U - Z

O.K., the final installment of authors on Twitter.  So what's next?  Authors with blogs?  On Pinterest?  On Facebook?  As always, let me know of Twitter accounts that I missed - especially if I missed yours!  My main thought in adding all of these was to give new, aspiring authors to see how established authors are are establishing their online platform.

Like the remix Twitter logo here?  Personally I like the added touch of the dots for color.  Comics haven't used that method in ages, but it is still a classic.  See more at:

Urban, Linda - @lindaurbanbooks
Urrea, Luis Alberto - @Urrealism

Vail, Rachel - @rachelvailbooks
Velshi, Ali - @alivelshi
Viguie, Debbie - @DebbieViguie
Vizzini, Ned - @ned_vizzini
von Minden, Marie - @KKadventures

Waldherr, Kris - @kriswaldherr
Walters, Eric R. - @EricRWalters
Walsh, Sarah-Jane - @SaraJaneWalsh
Ward, Amanda Eyre - @amandaeyreward

Warman, Jessica - @jkwarman
Wass, Stefanie - @stefwass
Wasserman, Robin - @robinwasserman
Waters, Ilana - @ilanawaters

Wealer, Sara Bennett - @sbennettwealer
Weil, Debbie - @debbieweil
Weingarten, Lynn - @lynnweingarten
Weiss, Mindy Alyse - @MindyAlyseWeiss

Welch, Jack - @jack_welch
Welch, Suzy - @SuzyWelch
Wells, Dan - @TheDanWells
Wells, John W. - @johnwwells

Wells, Robinson - @robinsonwells
West, Kasie - @KasieWest
Westerfeld, Scott - @ScottWesterfeld

Weston, Robert Paul - @RPWeston
Wheaton, Wil - @wilw
Whippel, Natalie - @nataliewhipple
White, Kiersten - @kierstenwhite

Whitlock, Warren - @WarrenWhitlock
Whitman, Emily - @Emily_Whitman
Whitney, Daisy - @DaisyWhitney
Wiggins, Grant - @grantwiggins

Wiles, Deborah - @deborahwiles
Wiley, Melissa - @bonnyglen
Wilkinson, Lili - @twitofalili
Willis, Cynthia Chapman - @CynthiaCWillis

Wilson, Martin - @martinwilson73
Wilson, N.D. - @ndwilsonmutters
Windsor, Nutschell - @nutschell
Winokur, Jon - @AdviceToWriters

Wolfe, L. Diane - @SpunkOnAStick
Wood, Maryrose - @Maryrose_Wood
Woodson, Jacqueline - @JackieWoodson

Wormeli, Rick - @RickWormelli
Wright, Barbara - @BWrightBooks

Yates, Louise - @_DOGLOVES or @toadandI
Yates, Precarious - @precariousyates
Ylvisaker, Anne - @anneylvisaker

Young, Cheyanne - @NormalChey
Young, Skottie - @skottieyoung
Young, Suzanne - @suzanne_young
Young, Timothy - @TimSYoung

Zahler, Diane - @dianezahler
Zalben, Jane - @janezalben
Zarr, Sara - @sarazarr

Zelinsky, Paul - @paulozelinsky
Zettel, Sarah - @sarah_zettel
Zevin, Gabrielle - @gabriellezevin

Zhang, Kat - @KatZhang
Ziegler, Jennifer - @zieglerjennifer
Ziemke, Kristin - @1stgradethinks
Zuzak, Marcus - @Marcus_Zusak

Sunday, February 2, 2014