This last school year I took on a new endeavor: homeschooling two elementary kids. Overall, it went really well, but there was one area of frustration. My kids hated answering lists of questions and didn’t always want to discuss the chapters they’d read. My solution? I wrote a book.
Drawing on my two and a half decades of classroom experience teaching literature–I came up with several prototypes using my kiddos for guinea pigs. Don’t worry no harm came to any children. ;o)
My kids both love making lists and drawing pictures. So, I incorporated what not only my children like, but also what worked in my high school classroom.
There’s room to log 10 books chapter-by-chapter. And, you never have to chase a bunch of papers around! All their notes stay in this easy to use workbook.
I’m super excited to announce the release of Prompt Me Romance. This creative writing workbook and journal is clean enough for teens but sophisticated enough for adults. Whether you are just starting out or have a string of published books, there is something in here for you. All new photo prompts, first person, third person, fill-in-the-blank, master lists, and much more.
I was thrilled when it debuted on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” and may have done a really awkward dance in my living room (but there is no way to prove it–all video mysteriously “disappeared”). So check it out. I have samples and a freebie master list below. Enjoy!
I am thrilled to announce the release of my ninth title, Prompt Me More, the second Prompt Me Workbook and Journal. My life has been a whir of activity and this has been the perfect creative outlet. I hope you enjoy the prompts–I have a special affection for the photo and dialogue prompts in this book.
Well, there is no more need for preamble. Here’s the info you have been waiting for:
This workbook is sophisticated enough for adults and clean enough for teens.
If you want a little sneak peek at what’s inside. Here’s a graphic. Your favorites have returned, along with some new sections. (more…)
What is the meaning behind flowers? Check out this Symbolism of Flowers list to add depth to your writing and more Woo to your bouquets.
Adding Depth to Writing and Understanding
I am currently preparing to teach The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Before I begin the unit, I spend some time going over the symbolism of flowers (and colors), since Fitzgerald beautifully threads this information through his novels. I tell my students that this will help them understand the literature with more depth. If you are a writer, why not go for that added layer of meaning?
Commence with the Wooing (fanning self)
Then, I address the class and say, “Lovelies, take special care with this information. I am helping you effectively woo. Giving a someone flowers is one thing, choosing specific flowers and being able to tell your intended why–is priceless.” [insert girls giggling and sounds of agreement here]
Older Meanings Rock!
I have gathered the meanings and symbolism over the years and compiled them on this list. Most of the meanings listed are from older texts, especially from the Victorian Era, thus some of the meanings have changed in recent years (I blame the florists), but I stick with the older meanings.
This is a funny little exchange that happened in my senior English class this morning.
[Student A walks in on a test day for the 2nd time this year (No, I’m not exaggerating)]
Me: Wow! You’re here today.
Student A: Yes, and it’s your fault, I can’t get behind anymore. [grumbles]
Student B: Wait, I thought you were a ground hog. You wake up see if is a test day and go back to bed.
Student A: [Looks back and forth between us and drops head to desk]
I just wish I had said the witty line. 🙂
Names have been removed to protect the guilty. Ha.