Quote of the Week, Thornton Wilder

Thorton Wilder

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

                                                                                               – Thornton Wilder

 

Quote for the Week, Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson

“Write about the emotions you fear the most.”

                                      – Laurie Halse Anderson

Quote for the Week, Mark Twain

Twain

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction.  Fiction has to make               sense.”

                                                                                                           – Mark Twain

Quote for the Week, Pablo Picasso

Picasso

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

                                                                                                           – Pablo Picasso

Wednesday Wars, By Gary D. Schmidt

Wednesday-Wars

Wednesday Wars 

By: Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books, 2007)

Wednesday Wars is one of my favorite middle grade books and a 2008 Newberry Honor. It is a story about Holling Hoodhood who struggles through his seventh grade year with difficult family dynamics, hot and cold peer relationships, and a teacher who he’s convinced is an evil genius that hates his guts.

One of the reasons I enjoy this story so much is Gary’s ability to create such a loveable, heart wrenching character who is funny and at the same time solemn in his quest to find out who he is and what he stands for in this world. This character will make you laugh with his antics and unique combinations of Shakespearean swears (Pied ninny!) and cry at his desperate attempts to become the man in which he wants to be.  And if reading Shakespeare has been excruciating for you in the past, just wait until you hear Holling’s take on the Shakespearean language.  If you don’t read this book, “May a southwest wind blow on ye and blister you all o’er!”

Gary D. Schmidt is a two-time Newberry Honor Award-Winning Author and an amazing teacher and mentor for me in my own journey to become a writer.

 

 

Welcome!

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My writing career officially started in Miss Mahle’s second grade classroom. My very first book, The Lost Pony, was held together by a cardboard cover wrapped in blue fabric. My mom thought it was a literary masterpiece, however Harper Collins didn’t necessarily agree. Maybe a boy named Luke who finds a talking pony in the woods wasn’t really what they were looking for at that time. Nonetheless, I had caught the writing bug and it stuck with me ever since.

If you’re like me, you’re a reader of enthralling stories and a writer of what encompasses your very soul. Writing for kids of all ages is my passion, because there is a wisdom in childhood that surpasses all other levels of development. And if we’re fortunate, we can hold on to some of that wisdom, honesty and natural creative freedom that we are born with before the world finds a way to snatch it from us when we aren’t looking.

I’m thrilled to be working with Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary on my very first Middle Grade book, Lemons. Laurie’s team, including Laura Cummings, has been incredible in supporting me through this process. I’m eternally grateful for their kind words, gentle critiques and all the work they’ve put forth to promote the words of my soul.

For those of you who have the same dream to share your stories, I wish you this…may sentences chase your cursor down the blank page! And even on the days they don’t, keep writing. I hope in future posts we can share our many experiences, memories and the spirit within us all that is just another story waiting to be written.

I look forward to hearing from you and sharing prose.

Melissa

             “What’s the point in thinking about how it’s going to end when it’s just the beginning?”

                                                                      ~ Judy Blume