Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Let us not forget the fallen soldiers and their families. Always remember their sacrifice!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Sippel Young Writers’ League members publish their first novel
Led by Fourth Grade Teachers, Melissa Dean and Sarah Reed, Sippel Stallions pledged to write a combined total of 167,500 words in 30 days. By beginning with the end in mind, being proactive, and synergizing their efforts, The Sippel YWP made this November’s NANOWRIMO writing challenge a huge success. Forty students surpassed their word count goals, and by month’s end, had written 202,763 words. That means that 40 Sippel Stallions will have their novels published.
Greatly supported by Sippel Elementary Principal, Mrs. Kelley Mosley, students were given Workday Tuesdays afterschool to collaborate with teachers and other writers on ideas and plot points. Weekly Updates on the team’s word count goals were announced on the PA system and a team bulletin board in the Fourth Grade Hall displayed their progress. Everyone from Administration, faculty, and parents cheered on these young novelists all the way across the goal line. Students even received weekly pep talk emails from some very famous authors like Christopher Paolini (Eragon series) and Aly Condie (The Matched series).
This program could not have been as successful without the encouragement and financial support of the SCUC Education Foundation who awarded the Sippel Young Writers’ League a 2010 Innovative Teaching Grant for $5,000 to purchase iPad 2s and iPod Shuffles. This technology has helped so many students to realize their dream of being published novelists.
The Sippel Young Writers’ League has completed the publishing process. Students will receive five paperback copies or one hardback copy of their novel. They will celebrate with an Author’s Day for the community during the last week of school.
Posted: May 22, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Thank You, Elana Johnson, for writing a character with a "Z" name, and quite a good character!
Zenn is Vi's perfect match, and the Thinkers have chosen him to be Vi's mate. He comes across as a poster boy for The Goodies, or conformity in their brain-washed world, but for me he has an understated strength about him. He wants to be with Vi and love her, but she's always in trouble. He believes in her. He's quiet and content. He reminds me a lot of Peeta Mellark whose shares that charismatic quality.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Alas, after a month of searching, I couldn't find any characters with a "Y" name. I have decided that this must be remedied immediately. So, I am going to use this post to share some fantastic "Y" names so my writer friends might possible use them in the future. So, are you ready?
POSSIBLE "Y" NAMES FOR YA:
And the best YA name for a character that begins with "Y": *drumrolls*
Here's another sneak peak of one of my characters who just so happen to have an "X" name, Xavier Dunning.
But, that's what makes him memorable in the end. Xavier has no boundaries and definitely no mercy. He will hunt, torture, and won't think twice about it. Having to delve into his psyche was sickening, but he exemplifies what villains are supposed to be with lots of twists.
He's described in the novel as tall and gorgeous with a wrongness mixed with his smile. His eyes are little crazed, and he has a heavily accented voice.
I really couldn't wait for my "W" post because I knew immediately upon choosing this theme that I wanted to write a post on Wesley Rush, one of my all-time favorite YA characters. He is a truly memorable character from Kody Keplinger's THE DUFF.
Wesley starts out the novel with what can only be described as deplorable manners. Kody describes him as the ultimate man-slut and slimy. So, what's there to like? I wondered myself, but as soon as he comes onto the page, he's electrifying. I seriously thought, there is no way he can be this despicable. I played right into Kody's hands.
Wesley turns out to be so much more. He's affectionate, sincere, kind, and chivalrous. By novel's end, the reader is screaming at Bianca to look again at this boy and see below the surface.
I read this novel in one sitting. I could not put it down, and I rooted for both Bianca and Wesley! It was thrilling and real-life. I loved the book and I loved Wesley Rush!
Some of Wesley's best lines:
“Spanish, huh?" he said, glancing down at the scattered papers as he grabbed them. "Can you say anything interesting?"
"El tono de tu voz hace que queria estrangularme." I stood up and waited for him to hand over my papers.
"That sounds sexy," he said, getting to his feet and handing me the stack of Spanish work he'd swept together. "What's it mean?"
"The sound of your voice makes me want to strangle myself."
― Kody Keplinger, The Duff
“Your sense of humor needs some work, then," Wesley suggested. "Most girls find my jokes charming."
"Those girls must have IQs low enough to trip over.”
― Kody Keplinger, The Duff
― Kody Keplinger, The Duff
I wanted to take some time today to celebrate a supporting character in one of my favorite series. She's one of the unsung heroes of Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush novels. Yes, Nora and Patch are fantastic, but while I have every one's attention, I want to shine the light on the sidekick of the book.
Vee Sky is Nora's gal pal, and as she puts it her "un-twin," with her green eyes, murky blond hair, and her womanly figure. Besides their physical differences, Vee is far more interested in boys, and isn't afraid to get into a little trouble. I'm sorry, I meant a gigantic amount of trouble.
And she usually gets Nora mixed up in the chaos. This is what I love about Vee. She's the one that Nora should trust, but if I were Nora, I'd have to look at her track record. She's hilarious, unpredictable, loud, and totally lovable.
Nora can't resist her and neither can I! Here are some of Vee's best lines:
"Put the damn measuring tape away" Vee ordered."I already know my size. I don't need reminding."
-Vee [to Sales Assistant] (Hush Hush)
"The verdict? My doctor is a lard-arse. Closely resembles an Oompa-Loompa."
-Vee [to Nora] (Hush Hush)
"Don't make me regret allowing you to you to choose your own partners",Coach told us."Don't make me regret coming to school today"said Vee sweetly.
- Coach And Vee (Hush Hush)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I couldn't find any characters that began with the letter U, so I decided to tell you a little about one of my characters from my novel, SOLSTICE. He's name is Uriah St. Claire.
(excerpt from my novel: SOLSTICE, pg. 102)
Uriah had the most striking appearance of them all. He looked like all his pigmentation was extracted at birth; his skin was pale, his hair startlingly white. The dark clothes he wore only highlighted how devoid of color he actually was compared to everyone else. His blue eyes were the only thing that seemed to emit color, and I silently wondered if he was an albino.
Uriah is one of the most fascinating characters I've ever written. He's sensitive, quiet, but when he speaks, he always says something of significance. Basically, we doesn't speak unless he has something really important to say. However, his actions are what really drive him as a character. Through the scenes, the reader gets a sense that he's lived for a long time, but he's so young. He has depth and conviction. His eyes have seen so much devastation, but yet his heart is so good.
Uriah has a very unique gift, but I can't tell you about it yet. Stay tuned to learn more about this truly remarkable character.
For those who've followed me for a while, you might have noticed that Leo and Uriah have the same last name. That's because they are brothers.