Narrative Writing: The Orphan Child of the Common Core

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I can’t say it any better than the writer in the link below, so I won’t even try. Just do yourself a favor and read it if the next generation of writers is anything you might consider important.

Narrative Writing: The Orphan Child of the Common Core.

Banned Books Week

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“Censorship is VERY American.”
— Kurt Cobain

It’s Banned Books Week. Check out the great post linked below by Eleventh Stack — and some of the books on the lists it links to, like those by Sherman Alexie, Lauren Myracle, John Green, Suzanne Collins, and of course, Harper Lee. Oh, and the ones in this photo too! Happy Reading!

Banned Books Week.

Breaking Bad, Cliffhangers, and the HEA

Hank&Gomie bordered 3I’m not a hard-core TV fan, but I am utterly committed to Breaking Bad. With only two episodes left, I’m torn between relief at freedom from this obsession with an impeccable series that will never have to jump the shark, and sadness at the demise of a show that so brilliantly embodies every element of great storytelling, without fail, in every single episode.

I pause here to offer a spoiler alert. (1-2-3.) End of pause.

Breaking Bad. The Hunger Games. Mad Men. Harry Potter. Twilight. All My Children. The Lord of the Rings. General Hospital. The Catcher In The Rye, for heaven’s sake!

What do they have in common?

Two things: Cliffhangers and wildly committed fans. Continue reading

“GOOD” (Too Good #1) – Available Aug. 27, 2013!

The latest by S. Walden – Available August 27! First of a two-part series!

Good (2) from summer email

Cadence Miller is a good girl. She just happens to make one terrible mistake her junior year in high school which costs her ten months in juvenile detention. Now a senior, she’s lost everything: her best friend, the trust of her parents, driving privileges, Internet access. It’s a lonely existence.

But there is one bright spot: Mark Connelly, her very cute, very off-limits 28-year-old calculus teacher. She falls hard for him—a ridiculous schoolgirl crush headed nowhere. She can’t help it. He’s the only good thing at Crestview High. She doesn’t expect him to reciprocate her feelings. How inappropriate, right? But he does. And he shows her.

And that’s when her life goes from bad to good.

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