Word Up, Nerd Up

a few words about words

Writing: Warm-Up Exercise

I lead a small writing class for some of my favorite homeschooled ballerinas.  I spend about an hour per week with Word Nerd Teen (14), Cookie (11) and Mini (8). A good portion of that time is spent being thankful that I have such wonderful young ladies in my life, but we occasionally manage to work […]

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review: How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely

This book was an impulse buy.  I spotted on the way out of the bookstore and thought it looked promising. Boy, was I ever right! Upon learning of his ex-girlfriend’s upcoming nuptials, Peter Tarslaw comes the realization that he needs to change.  He has twelve short months to make himself into something that will make […]

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tutorial: fabric composition books

I wanted to make some pretty notebooks for the three young ladies in my homeschool writing class. My first thought was to cover a spiral with scrapbook paper (easy-peasy), but spirals aren’t known for being heavy duty. After digging around my stash, I decided that fabric covered composition books would be perfect.   For each book […]

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TikaTok Summer of Imagination Writing Contest

Are you familiar with TikaTok? This amazing website was first beta-tested in 2008 and has been running strong for about 18 months.  I have no idea how I missed it for so long, but I am so glad I finally found it. TikaTok is a free program that allows kids (or adults, for that matter) […]

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