Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017 CSPA – Your Online Identity Really Matters

 Here's a summary of my discussion at the CSPA 93rd Annual Spring Convention.
Students of High School Journalism: Use the Author Bio feature on “newsmag” platforms to strategically build effective online identities. See if the online platform through your school allows you to post your picture with a biography statement on your author page. If you create an author’s bio on your school’s online news site, all your published work will assemble underneath your name and picture.

Why is the Author Bio feature so important to high school students? When college admissions officers and future employers type in your name with your school name, your Author Bio will appear at the top of the Google page. Anyone can review all your published work by simply clicking on your name.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Book Review: Resurrection

ResurrectionResurrection by Leo Tolstoy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Human rights. Why not protect the dignity of all human beings? Surely, any society needs civility and some respected legality, but why remain knowingly blind to political corruption and social injustice?

Leo Tolstoy’s “Resurrection” unearths the hidden depths of prison life in 19th century Russia. Nekhlydov, a young landowner with military prestige, falls in love with Maslova, a beautiful maid. When classism dooms their budding love, the “animal man” in Nekhlydov stalks Maslova until she reluctantly submits. Both lives are ruined.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Writing Every Day Matters

Every so often I am amused with a new commercial: for just three easy installments of said amount, you could have a body like this too.... I realize that six pack abs, herculean pecs, and tree trunk arms and legs are easy to want, but the key ingredient cannot be sold; it must be endured. To have any kind of a healthy body, you have to work every day. The same is true with manuscripts.

Writer’s Digest has wisely reported over the years that writers write. And when I look back on my starts and stops and completions, I couldn’t agree more. So when I set out to complete a manuscript, I know that I need to make a daily effort. Here’s what works for me:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Book Review: Never Go Back

Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, #18)Never Go Back by Lee Child

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In "Never Go Back," Jack Reacher repeatedly offers adversaries the chance to run without contest or to come clean with what they know. Every time, Reacher beats them with physical strength and mental toughness. And every battle won figures into the war against him.