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High Five Friday!

Today is the big day...I'm off to my first writing conference! In honor of the occasion, I'm starting High Five Friday, where I'll record five awesome items each week.

1. My copy of THE BOOK WHISPERER: AWAKING THE INNER READER IN EVERY CHILD by Donalyn Miller just came in the mail today. I'd read an ARC loaned to me by my good friend Kate Messner. If you are a teacher, you need to read this book. If you are a writer, there is a wonderful list compiled by students on books they love. It's always good to read what students love. I can't wait to share this book with my colleagues.

2. How awesome is it that my college-aged son and his friend Keaton sat down with me tonight and helped me plan out a portion of my latest book? Here are two people who must have much cooler things to do, but they gladly listened to my ideas, gave me input, and then showed me how to set up a skateboarding line for a specific park. THANKS GUYS!

3. I had a wonderful class today. My students were discussing A NIKKI POEM about Nikki Giovanni by Kwame Alexander and I was impressed with their insight. For each metaphor, they gave suggestions on what Kwame was saying about his former professor and mentor. One of my favorite comments was by Yalonda for the line "A NIGHT WIND" - she said it made her think of Nikki Giovanni's dark hair flowing behind her. No one had ever thought of that before and I was thankful she was there today to share with the other students. Following the discussion, everyone in the class wrote a poem using Kwame's style  about someone who is important to them.

4. This past week was a great one...I went skiing on Saturday and Sunday with my whole family. My daughter and her boyfriend stayed until dinner on Monday. My son is home from college in CA for the week. Both of my (grownup) children under the roof! Then on both Saturday and Sunday evenings we had a dinner party with good friends. Life is good!

5. Did I mention I leave this afternoon for the Writing Conference in Montpelier, VT? : )  I don't know what the weekend will hold, but I am hopeful that someone will find something to like with my novel. I'm proud of my accomplishment and welcome ideas to prepare it for submission. Yippee!

High Fives for Everyone!


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 27th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
I love that Nikki poem (actually, I love all of Kwame's poems but that is a whole 'nother story...) and that is a great thought on the night wind metaphor.

Have fun this weekend!!
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Kwame rocks! His visit to our school really inspired many of our students to write poetry. He really makes it a cool profession.
Mar. 27th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)

Looking forward to meeting you. And thanks for the book recomendation, I'll check it out.
Mar. 29th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
I really loved meeting you this weekend - you are such a talented writer and enjoyed your reading on Saturday night!
Mar. 29th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
The conference whisperer
Just remember to be confident and unafraid to speak at the conference and take any criticisms with humor and thought. Any praise, take with a grain of salt. Enjoy the process. Have a beverage or two and relax and enjoy, perhaps some great "Ah- ha!" moment of inspiration will come of it. Don't forget to have fun! Enjoy lovely Montpelier, the last U.S. state capitol to have a McDonald's.
Mar. 29th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: The conference whisperer
The conference was wonderful. It was so uplifting and validating. Montpelier is the quintessential New England city. I am going back every year!
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