Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Take a really long hike!

Last week's assignment was to get you in shape for this week: get lost!  Find some nice woodsy wild place and vanish with a book or three and enjoy the combined delight of nature and literature.  Life doesn't get much better!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Take a hike

Yes, ditch the book (for once) and get outside and enjoy this fleeting wonderfulness called Spring!  Frodo will be waiting for you when you get back.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

An assignment too good to be true!

It's spring, go outside and play, better yet, go outside and read (the best of both worlds!).

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

You have one guess...

Yes, you are correct, this week you MUST read 'Return of the King,' and I need a sixty page, single spaced, size 12 font paper comparing and contrasting the journey of Frodo with that of Odysseus (I suppose that means you need to read the 'Odyssey' too!) by Thursday...anybody missing English 101 yet?  At least the reading list is better!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You guessed it!

Yep, last week we read 'The Fellowship of the Ring,' this week you get to read 'The Two Towers' and write a thousand words on the abuse of Faramir in the movie.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How to be a great author: do your homework!

I've taken the requisite (and a few elective) English/writing classes and sought the best means of becoming a successful author (however you define it).  And guess what, there is no book or website or class or publisher that will turn you into a great writer in 3 easy steps (for only $99!).  The best authors are well read and practice their craft, persistently.  That's it, the secret to success: yes, hard work, patience, and perseverance, whether you are a writer, a musician, a baker, a doctor, whatever.  So get busy, whatever your passion!  For you aspiring writers out there, this week's assignment is 'The Fellowship of the Ring.'  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The writer's climb

I've been reading the 'Emily' books by L.M. Montgomery and am enjoying her portrayal of the aspiring author's struggle and climb to 'greatness' (however one defines it for themselves); it is nice to see an honest description of the trials, frustrations, despair, and triumphs of trying to reach any goal, a nice change from the 'just do it' and 'chase your dreams' rhetoric of the modern West.  Dreams take time, work, and luck to become realized and some of them never come to fruition and sometimes what we think we want most isn't all that great when we actually achieve it.  A lovely exploration of what it means to be an aspiring creative genius and also a glimpse at the struggles of a woman choosing ambition over love, very timely for the modern woman though it was written nearly a century ago!