How Is Your Writing Going?

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November is coming to an end, and some of you have been doing NaNoWriMo, and others have continued with a somewhat less frenzied pace.

I am one of the people who tries to write on a regular basis and avoids binge writing. I have put the finishing touches, I hope, on a reissue of my essay book, called French On English: A Guide To Writing Better Essays. I am also continuing to work on what I am calling an historical fiction/romance–imagine that coming from this writer of horror! If I can maintain my current pace, I should be able to finish the first draft by the end of January or February.

I will also begin revising one of the other first drafts I have completed. By the way, if you are wondering how I manage to do this, check out my book Get The Draft Done! Helping Writers Finish Their First Draft — how’s that for a bit of shameless self-promotion!

So, I ask all of you: how is your writing going?

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Get The Draft Done! is available here: Amazon.com

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

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French On English

COMING SOON!

Chit Chatting – Featured Author #Robbie Cheadle with @EnigmaSeries

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Here is a wonderful post featuring an excellent writer–Robbie Cheadle!

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I am guest posting over at Rox Burkey lovely blog today. Rox has asked me all sorts of questions about my past and my writing and I hope you will go over and have a read. While you are there, have a look around as Rox is a terrific writer and the co-author of a number of great books.

Thank you, Rox.

Today I am delighted to share my special guest with you. She is a creative author of multiple genres, cooking artist, and devoted to her family. Roberta Cheadle, or Robbie from our first meeting, is a master chef at stories coupled with scrumptious eats. Trust me her recipes are fun, doable, and delicious.

Robbie, let’s start off by sharing a bit of your fascinating early years, and your migration to South Africa.

Hi Rox, Thank you for inviting me over to your lovely blog, I am delighted to…

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Happy Thanksgiving–2020: What Are You Grateful For?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

2020 has been an extremely difficult year for almost everyone, some much more than others, but this is still a time to find something to be thankful for.

Please remember to recognize the positives and the blessings in your lives.

Enjoy your feasts, your gatherings, and your traditions, but this year, try to hold only small gatherings. The pandemic is real and dangerous. Look forward to large celebrations next year.

And please remember to give thanks to those who help us in many ways. So many are away from home, friends, and family, and we should all give them a moment of thanks.

Please try to remember those who are less fortunate, and try to find some kindness and to continue to spread it throughout the year.

To my friends, including my many blogging friends, and family, –thank you! I am grateful for all of you.

I would also like to ask all of you:  For what are you thankful?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cover Reveal For French On English! by Charles F. French

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Hello everyone!

I am very excited to reveal the new cover for my revised book, French On English: A Guide To Writing Better Essays.

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This lovely cover was designed by Judy Bullard.

If you need a cover for your book, please contact Judy.

Custom E-Book Covers

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Available on Amazon

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Get The Draft Done! is available here: Amazon.com

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

coverIPScookbook

Available on Amazon

Reading Aloud “Ox-Cart Man”

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Here is another wonderful post from Jennie, the excellent teacher!

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At the request of fellow bloggers, here is a video of me reading aloud the classic children’s picture book, “Ox-Cart Man.”

But first, I wanted to show you a mural the children made last year that hangs as a permanent display at school.  It depicts the start of his ten-day journey to Portsmouth.  This art was made with paint and tissue paper.  The making of the mural was a joy for children.  That speaks volumes for the book “Ox-Cart Man.”

I hope you enjoyed the story as much as the children did, and as much as I did.  Good books are meant to be read over and over again.

Jennie

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Quotations on Intellectualism

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“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

                                                  Isaac Asimov

 

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“In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy.”

                                                   George Orwell

 

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“I’m tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact.”

                                                      Phil Plait

 

“For democracy to survive, Americans must learn to embrace intellectualism, reject cult-like behavior, employ analysis, understand and use science, and think for themselves.”

                                                      Charles F. French

                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

StoryWalk – An Eric Carle Book

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Here is another excellent teaching idea from that excellent teacher, Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

A StoryWalk is a book, told with a series of signs, planted outdoors along a walk, that take you through each page of a book.  You follow along, walking from one ‘page’ of a story to the next.  It is a walk, and it is reading.

What if a StoryWalk included more than reading the story?  For preschoolers, adding movement and all sorts of challenges to each ‘page’ makes it even more exciting.  The perfect book, of course, is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, by Bill Martin Jr and illustrated by Eric Carle.

This classic and beloved book is our new StoryWalk at school.  Children love it!  After our walk, back in the classroom, Connor blurted out, “I love doing the blue horse.”  This ignited a flurry of excited children telling everyone their favorite page.


“Lumber like a brown bear on your hands and feet.”

And the pages continue:


“Lift…

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Quotations on Books

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

                             Marcus Tullius Cicero

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“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

                                            Stephen King

 

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“We live for books.”

                                             Umberto Eco

 

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“Books are the food and drink for the human soul.”

                                Charles F. French

Escape~

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Please enjoy these beautiful photographs from Cindy Knoke!

to a garden of dreams,

where worries vanish,

in a tulip trance,

while daffodils dance.

There are over seven million tulips,

in the Keukenhof gardens in The Netherlands.

A perfect place to dream your day away.

I am home for the winter at The Holler, but send you springtime cheers from Keukenhof~

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To Writers

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To all the writers who read this blog:

This is a very difficult time for all of us. Please remember to do the best that you can to endure. Please remember to value yourselves and your writing. Please remember that you are writers, no matter if you are published, self-published, or beginning a work. Please remember that if you write, then you are a writer.

Be proud of yourselves.

Value your writing.

Keep writing!

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