Dec 022017
 
Fun with Texas Songs

Fun with Sommer Elementary 2nd Grade and their teacher Sue Beardsley. The best part is when the 2nd-graders sing. I talked about “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and of course–my books and writing games.  Nepris did an amazing job of filtering my wrinkles and cutting mistakes. Texas Songs [read more…]

Nov 152017
 
Free Games

Here are two free games from Teach Writing Without a Pencil. Click on the pdf file for the game you want to print.  Please do not print for your friends, however, share this site for them to download their own free copy. You can also print a copy for you principal of the Tell It [read more…]

Nov 132017
 
Got Hat. Riding to Rescue Young Authors!

Yes, I am back in the saddle again. Hat,  boots and fully load with answers on being an Author. Yes, Im exhsusted just from getting the boots on.  But I get to hang with darling, Trail Blazers. There might be a few young authors.

Nov 082017
 
Teach Writing On Sale $.99 Today

Get a special price from November 8- 17 for a Kindle version.  Keep your curriculum. Add Fun! $ .99 today and $ 1.99 later in the week. Teach Writing Without a Pencil is a collection of games and activities to help students improve their writing skills. Strong verbs, authentic voice, cohesive flow, and the joy of [read more…]

Nov 042017
 
Great Time at Acton Elementary

There’s not many times that I’ve been more proud. Imagine being me–the youngest of eight, daughter of a share-cropper, dyslexic me–telling kids about how to be an author/editor. Then 5 kids run up after the talk with huge smiles saying, “I’m dyslexic!” An echo of “me too” bouncing around between them.   Talking to the [read more…]

Oct 212017
 

The story of Katharina and Martin Luther engages the reader because most of the plot is true. There’s much to learn as well as enjoy in this book. The life of nuns tortured and died during this time revealed a darkness I didn’t know much about. I rated the book PG 16 with a strong [read more…]

Oct 042017
 
Tips to Write When Life Happens

Well, I just had a life-kick-in-the -pants. A month and a half ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everyone in my family who had cancer died of it or died of the cure. I immediately thought of all the things I wanted to do, finish, write, publish. Usually the kick brings me clarity. That [read more…]