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1. Hubbard Family Fire

A fire tore through the home of one of our co-authors last night. It is my hope you will be able to help her and her family out as they cope with this tragic event.

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2. Thoughtful Feedback

One way to become a community of writers is to leave thoughtful feedback.

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3. Snapshots From the NYSEC Conference

My time at the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Conference through snapshots!

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4. हिंदी ब्लॉग टिप्स

हिंदी ब्लॉग लेखन पर कुछ टिप्स जहां नेट की दुनिया में , सोशल मीडिया में फेसबुक, गूगल प्लस, ट्विटर छाया हुआ है वहीं blog  और blogging के लिए हिंदी ब्लॉग टिप्स की जरुरत पडती रहती है. लोग ब्लॉग को न सिर्फ मनोरंजन या कमाई  के लिए लिखते हैं बल्कि ये करियर भी बनता जा रहा […]

The post हिंदी ब्लॉग टिप्स appeared first on Monica Gupta.

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5. Time Away

Today is Labor Day so it feels like an appropriate time to temporarily sign-off since I'm expecting my second child later this month.

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6. Nurturing Our Writing Lives: 5 Ways to Keep Writing

How can we nurture our own writing lives once the school year begins? 5 ways to help us keep writing.

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7. We Are Writers Here! Starting with What Matters Most in Writing Workshop

When I think about what I first want my students to know, what matters most to me as a teacher of writing, more than capital letters or topic sentences or punctuation, I want them to believe they have ideas worth sharing and stories worth telling. I want them to know their voice matters and their words can make a difference. I want them to believe they are writers, right now, whatever their reading proficiency, whatever their language background, whatever their home circumstances. WE ARE WRITERS HERE. We all matter, we all belong, we all can and should write.

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8. Go-To Digital Tools for Writing Workshop

Digital tools can transform your teaching by allowing students to have a writing community beyond the classroom walls, be innovative, make meaningful connections to other writers and students, have more resources readily available, and have true, authentic reasons for writing.

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9. Introducing Two New Co-Authors

We're delighted to welcome two new writers to our #TWTBlog Co-Author Team.

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10. Digital Mentor Text for Blogs: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

Some of the most influential pieces of writing that have tugged at my heart and live in my soul are blog posts. As we planned this blog series on mentor texts, a lightbulb flashed above my head: Why not create a collection of mentor blog posts to help me improve my own writing? Why not create a similar collection for my students, to share with them possibilities and craft moves they could try, too?

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11. Digital Mentor Text for Blogs: Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

Some of the most influential pieces of writing that have tugged at my heart and live in my soul are blog posts. As we planned this blog series on mentor texts, a lightbulb flashed above my head: Why not create a collection of mentor blog posts to help me improve my own writing? Why not create a similar collection for my students, to share with them possibilities and craft moves they could try, too?

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12. Contributing Writers

After nearly three years of being outstanding collaborators on Two Writing Teachers, Anna Gratz Cockerille and Tara Smith have decided to transition from co-authors to contributing writers. To find out why and what that means, please read their words in this post.

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13. So... About My Demise

So you may have noticed... I stopped writing for a while.

Stories. Books. This blog.

I completely stopped writing everything except for day-job-related minutia and a few other important bits.*

When I started my writing journey during the summer of 2007--yes, almost nine years ago now--I had big dreams. I thought I would be able to conquer the world and find some kind of fame as an author. I was trying to escape some very sour realities at the time. The first year or so after my second son, Max, was born challenged me like nothing else had in life. If you need details, they're all here in the archives of this blog.

I had started writing with big dreams, and reality intervened. I played the agent game with my first book and garnered more rejections than I care to count. It wasn't a very good book and my query letters sucked, too. I started writing short fiction and found I had a taste for it. Goals evolved. Someday, maybe, I would qualify for a writers' group. I set my sights on the HWA and became an affiliate member.

And I wrote another book or two, played the agent game again and even came just a little closer.

What if I could become an active member of the HWA? It would only take three professional sales...

I published more stories than I should have, some of them mildly embarrassing in hindsight, but they are all my progeny, ugly or not. The rejections piled up, but so did my little black ribbons--those publications I chased and chased and finally caught. Some of them are defunct now, Nossa Morte, Necrotic Tissue... I finally made the pages of Shimmer. I sold my first two professional rate stories to Shock Totem and the HWA's Blood Lite II anthology.

And then my third son was born and my wife committed suicide. My writing sputtered to a stop. It's all here if you want to dig. It's all here to read and process--right in the archives of this blog.

But what you will not find is how I lost my writing way. Chasing publication in honored magazines and anthologies made me a better writer. I cared, once. My first wife's death didn't end my writing career. I did.

You see, once upon a time, there was a gold rush. Ebooks happened in a big way. Self-publishing happened. Money sang a siren song not unlike that which led a deluded young writer during my first year. I no longer wrote for the right reasons.

Here's a hint: it's not about money. It never has been, and if organizations like the HWA expect professional pay to be a gatekeeper in the active society, it isn't because that pay means more than the commitment to achieve that pay. Members should care that much about their craft. The writing--the stories--are everything.

I've written a little since then. I've dabbled. I published a few stories a year or so back and sold my third professional rate piece. I could be an active HWA member, but I'm not. I've always needed a goal in front of me, not behind. I need that distant shore, something to chase, something to make me better again.

And I found it. The stories are there. I just need to tell them, right.

My son asked if I still blogged. Here's your answer--and I don't even know if blogging is something one does anymore.




*you can ask Kim about the asterisk


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14. 14 Travel Bloggers Share their Branding Secrets

Travel bloggers have different ideas on what they've done to set themselves apart--meet 14 travel bloggers who share their branding secrets. Travel writing and blogging is an enormous field--Google brings up 399,000,000 results for the term "travel blog" alone. Travel writers who try to cover it "all" end up with a little bit of content to suit a lot of people a little bit of the time. That translates into few regular readers.

The post 14 Travel Bloggers Share their Branding Secrets appeared first on Linda Aksomitis.

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15. ब्लॉगिग की दुनिया और मिसेज सेठी

ब्लॉगिग की दुनिया और मिसेज सेठी टवीटर, गूगल प्लस, फेसबुक के बीच ब्लॉगिंग अपना अलग ही स्थान बनाती जा रही है और बहुत  महिलाए ब्लॉगिंग में आगे आ रही है..!! ब्लॉग बनवाने के सिलसिले में एक अपरिचित महिला ने सम्पर्क किया. महिला ने बताया उनका एक बेटा है. अभी वो कालिज में है और सारा […]

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16. Ranking of my blog in search Engine

Ranking of my blog in search Engine आज गूगल सर्च करते हुए मैने अपने ब्लॉग monicagupta.info पर किए गए Reviews  और Stat पढे.. !!!  ये भी पता लगा कि कितना alexa rank कितनी है और ट्रैफिक कितना और कहां कहां से आता है ….  

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17. What is Google Adsense

What is Google Adsense गूगल एडसेन्स क्या है    जब भी हम कभी जब ब्लॉग या इंटरनेट से आय कैसे हो कि बात करते हैं तो सबसे पहले हमारे जहन में Adsense का नाम आता है क्योकि सब पूछते हैं Adsense तो होगा ही पर हमें पता नही कि आखिर ये Adsense होता क्या है […]

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18. Your Attention Please Housewives

Your Attention Please Housewives Good News गृहणी,Home maker, House wife होना इतना Lucky होगा सोचा ना था … जी, आपने बिल्कुल सही पढा है.House wife होना इतना Lucky होगा सोचा ना था .. आमतौर पर हम यही सोचते हैं कि  House wife यानि एक ऐसी घरेलू महिला जो बिना मान सम्मान मिले पूरा दिन घर […]

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19. NerdCon and a Blogging Birthday

Today is my golden blog birthday! Twelve years of blogging is ancient in internet time but I can honestly say I am surprised because it doesn’t feel like I have been doing this crazy thing for that long. When I began I just thought I’d try out a new thing called blogging and see what happened, I had no long-term plan. But it was fun so I kept at it. The years passed and sometimes I would wonder just how long I could possibly keep this up? I told myself, and I still do, that the day is ceases to be fun is the day I hang up my blog hat. Since I am still here you know I am still having fun. Quite a lot of that fun is because of all of you, leaving comments, telling stories, and sharing the marvelous obsession of books and reading we all have.

So thank you. You could all be in a gazillion other places, but for this little bit of time you have chosen to be here. I am honored and grateful and convinced that I must be one of the luckiest people in the world.

Maybe it is only appropriate that I tell you about my NerdCon Stories weekend. This was not a comic convention, this was a storytelling convention. It was organized by Hank and John Green. You may recognize the name John Green, yup, he’s the very same who wrote The Fault in Our Stars. Nearly 3,000 people turned out for this first ever event. There were nerds of all stripes and ages and from all over. I met a mother and daughter who had driven up from Georgia. There were lots of awesome nerd t-shirts, many of them book related, hair colors from every spectrum of the rainbow, a TARDIS dress, lots of fun shoes and boots that I coveted and I don’t even especially like shoes. There were a few people who arrived in costume but not many.

The days began and ended with main stage events that included various presentations on why stories matter. Some were funny and some were serious. There were storytelling games, rapid fires questions to a panel of writers, a mock debate on sock sock shoe shoe v. sock shoe sock shoe, some puppet theater, and musical entertainment and a little sing along.

There were breakout session panels throughout the day both days on a variety topics from adaptation to alternate media, activism and narrative, oral storytelling, storytelling through song, and writing about sex. There were so many people wanting to see this last panel that there were disappointed people who didn’t make it into the room including myself.

A little blurry Telling the Truth panel

A little blurry Telling the Truth panel

The panels I did make it to were mostly pretty interesting. One was called “Telling the Truth.” It was moderated by Hank Green and the panelists were Paolo Bacigalupi, Leslie Datsis, Jaqueline Woodson, Ana Adlerstein and Nalo Hopkinson. All of the panelists talked about how, fiction or nonfiction, they try to tell the truth as they see it. Bacigalupi put it best when he said fiction is facts that become a beautiful lie.

Another panel I attended was called “Honing Your Craft: Embettering Your Word-Doing.” Moderated by Holly Black, the panelists were Paolo Bacigalupi, Stephanie Perkins, Lev Grossman, and Nalo Hopkinson. Grossman works full time as an editor at Time Magazine and I was surprised to learn that he did most of his fiction writing on the New York subway to and from work. They all commented on how each book requires a different writing process and it never actually gets easier. One of the most interesting things about this session was how these obviously successful writers all mentioned at one point or another how afraid they are to show their work to other people and how their fear of looking stupid drove them to revise and revise and make their work the best they could. They all had strategies for overcoming their fears of writing badly. And while they all talked about being afraid, it also struck me that they were all quite brave as well. Both Grossman and Bacigalupi remarked that they had each just called it quits on books they had been writing for months that were not working and how they put all that work aside and started over.

One of my favorite sessions was “The Benefits of Diverse Stories.” The moderator was Liz Hara and the panelists were Desiree Burch, Jacqueline Woodson, Dylan Marron and Jacqueline Carey. They all stressed the importance of not having a single narrative to represent an entire group of people as if a gay man or a black woman could only have one kind of story. All of them talked about looking past the marginalized to the general and finding the humanity and the things that connect us all. Dylan Marron suggested that if you are telling a universal story you should use universal bodies to tell that story instead of defaulting to straight white man. It was all very inspiring!

This is starting to get really long so I will save a few more bits for tomorrow. Something to look forward to I hope!


Filed under: Blogging, Books Tagged: NerdCon Stories

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20. Infusing Information Writing Throughout the Day: Diving Into Information Writing

A recovering hater of information writing, this post is my first step towards bringing information writing to life for my third graders! It is a vision and collection of possibliities for infusing information writing across the curriculum through the day.

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21. Comments Make Community!

Comments are at the heart of blogging!

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22. Way to Relax Mind

Way to Relax Mind आज की busy life में हम Relax होने के तरीके खोजते रहते हैं ताकि दिमाग किसी तरह से stress free हो जाए इसलिए How to relax our mind  या stress free life जैसे टाईटल ही खोजते रहतें हैं. आईए जाने कि आज के ई युग में  रिलेक्स कैसे हो रहे हैं. आज […]

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23. Benefits of Blogging

Benefits of Blogging Best Benefits of Blogging आमतौर पर हमें ब्लॉग़िग के बारे में ज्यादा जानकारी नही इसलिए हमे इसके फायदे भी नही पता पर जितना मैने देखा और पढा है अपने अनुभव के आधार पर आप से Benefits of Personal Blogging  शेयर कर रही हूं ब्लॉग़िंग़ के फायदे ब्लॉग़ बनाने के मैं आपको फायदे […]

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24. What is Blog and Blogging

What is Blog and Blogging How to start a Blog ब्लॉग को लेकर हमारे मन में ढेर सारे प्रश्न हैं. मैं आपको, अपने ब्लॉग के जरिए सारी जानकारी विस्तार से देने का प्रयास करुंगी ताकि आप भी अपना शानदार ब्लॉग बनाए- अपनी पहचान बनाएं.  ब्लॉग क्या है ब्लॉग यानि ‘BLOG’  web + log बना है. […]

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25. My Experience and Blogging

My Experience and Blogging ब्लॉग़ ने मेरे लेखन को नई दिशा दी …. खासतौर पर लेखकों के लिए ब्लॉग क्यों जरुरी है…. पहले समय में लोगों के पास घडी नही हुआ करती थी पर उनके पास समय ही समय था और…. आज…. घडी हर किसी के पास है पर समय नही … ऐसी busy लाईफ […]

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