on this special day
i brought out
an old treasured story
my former student, nicole
who i taught for grades k-2
(in a school where we were known by our first names)
a story about me sharing stories
made me cry happy tears to read
how much she enjoyed the stories
what ginormous heaps of praise
from a fellow roald dahl fan.
happy roald dahl story day!!
“words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
-albus dumbledore (j.k. rowling, harry potter series)
as a lover of the printed page
i still happily await the arrival
of each sunday’s newspaper
on my doorstep
in spite of
sadly seeing this
far too often.
“every day or two, I strolled to the village to hear some of the gossip which is incessantly going on there,
circulating either from mouth to mouth, or from newspaper to newspaper,
and which, taken in homeopathic doses,
was really as refreshing in its way as the rustle of leaves and the peeping of frogs.”
-henry david thoreau
a pencil can write 45,000 words
if you have some time on your hands, maybe give this fact a try. according to reports, the average pencil can write roughly 45,000 words and draw a line that is 38 miles long (61.2 km) long. what’s for sure, you’ll need a few stacks of paper on hand to try this one out. as a huge fan of writing utensils, this is very exciting news!
“a pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.”
source credits: getty images, mental floss
side eye and some intense discussion going on at a recent meeting
as co-editors in chief olive and yeti make the tough calls.
insider exclusive – behind the scenes backstory of ididnthavemyglasson.wordpress.com:
before each and every time i post a blog
i am subjected to the scrutiny of my photo editorial board
who can be
exacting and my most challenging critics
supportive and my most passionate champions
often made to defend my choices
i am never sure how it will go.
“they can’t censor the gleam in my eye.”
“directly, or indirectly, everything we write is for someone.”
Yesterday October 20 was the National Day on Writing.
The National Council of Teachers of English established the National Day on Writing
“to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing Americans
engage in and to help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft.”
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 9 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
thanks to all who have
read, commented, liked, connected, responded,
met with me, supported, encouraged, inspired,
shared, laughed, cried, smiled, followed, or visited
over the last 9 years
i appreciate every gesture.
“i feel like i’m on cloud nine right now.” – nik wallenda
Harper Lee — the famously private author, might never have written the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” if it hadn’t been for a 1950s Christmas gift.
Back in 1956, Lee was a ticket agent for British Overseas Airways Corporation. Like most struggling writers, she was having trouble balancing her job and finding time to write. She told this to her New York City friends, Michael and Joy Brown (who were also friends of Truman Capote).
Michael was a successful “industrial musical writer” whom American corporations hired to create performances to inspire their workers. His clients ranged from DuPont to JC Penney, and he was raking in the money for songs like “The Wonderful World of Chemistry.”
So in 1956, the Browns’ gave Lee the best Christmas present of all: An entire year’s salary so she could take time to write whatever she wanted. “There was an envelope on the tree, addressed to me. I opened it and read: ‘You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas,'” she wrote in McCall’s Magazine in 1961. “ They assured me that it was not some sort of joke. They’d had a good year, they said. They’d saved some money and thought it was high time they did something about me.”
Lee took that time to write “To Kill A Mockingbird,” which sold over 40 million copies worldwide, has been translated into over 40 languages, served as the basis for a hugely popular film, and for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.
“when life gives you a gift, receive it with all your heart.”
credits: Megan Willett-Wei, Insider
“all you have to do is write one true sentence. write the truest sentence you know.”
image credit: scott metzger