I've always been inclined to make lists. They keep me organized, they help me remember, and I believe that ideas written in list form elicit a different momentum, a different trajectory than traditional prose. Often, I find myself listing things in journals, things I will do, things I did, things to remember, etc. -- and as a teacher I've … Continue reading Just as I was about to start my List Journal…
FORWARD IS FORWARD, NO MATTER HOW SLOW It's Day 20 and my novel is currently 14,342 words. You might think that I would be frustrated or discouraged with my progress. You might think that I should be worried. I am not. I actually still feel pretty good about it. My novel has taken a few turns since I … Continue reading Day 20 of CampNaNoWriMo and still at 14,342 words
CAMPNANOWRIMO PROGRESS I'm making progress. Definitely. It's Day 7 of camp and my word count is now 11,039. Before I started writing, I set four goals for myself in order to complete this challenge. Some goals are coming along a little better than others: I haven't been able to write first thing in the morning most days; … Continue reading Day 7 of CampNaNoWriMo and Day 2 of Teachers Write!
7,612 WORDS SO FAR This idea is now officially a work in progress! (I'm not so sure how much sense these few thousand words make just yet, but they're there, all in one document, in some kind of an order. They're a beginning.) As I promised myself, I'm not doing any editing work until I've finished writing … Continue reading Day 2 – 7,612 words
IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED... I've tried this challenge of writing a novel in one month a few times before. Each of those times, I have been unsuccessful. But hey, nothing says "hopeless optimist" like dusting yourself off and trying again, right? All jokes aside, I know that successfully completing this challenge is possible and … Continue reading Don’t forget to write! Going to summer camp at CampNaNoWriMo
THE PAST For the last nine years or so, I’ve been contributing to one blog or another. (Nine years!? That's almost a decade! Where has the time gone?) The very first blog I kept was started by a colleague (Thanks, Tom!) for me to use with my students, others I’ve started myself for public consumption, and there are … Continue reading We will figure it out together. #WWFIOT
Finally in front of a computer that successfully connects to the internet! From the Road I'm writing today from sunny South Carolina where a road trip (my first in a really long time) has taken me. This trip seemed like a perfect way to spend a week or so of my summer vacation - exploring, … Continue reading A Road Trip, Thomas Jefferson, and My Blog
River Poets Journal is featuring a special "pocket poems" exhibit on their site to celebrate National Poetry Month. Check out the exhibit: http://www.riverpoetsjournal.com/National-Poetry-Month---Pocket-Poems.html ~Melissa 🙂
Check out my new and exciting project at http://www.thejerseygirl.wordpress.com. I wasn't able to start when I had originally hoped to, but the project is up and running now! ~Melissa
Years ago (in high school and college) I took Spanish. I could understand a lot, and speak a little. I listened to Spanish radio in the car, and watched telenovellas on TV. But one thing lead to another, and I didn't stay with it after college. Eventually, not having the need or the opportunity to … Continue reading Writing in multiple languages?