There are times when a story doesn’t come right until it’s been rewritten again and again. “Moroni” is my all time revisions champ, with more than a dozen versions in my computer. Finally, though, I felt that the story’s narrative fell into its simplest line and the characters spoke clearly. Editor Cassie Newell and the judges of the e-Book Me Up short story contest agreed and awarded it first place. I’m most pleased and honored by this recognition of “Moroni, especially after the extended tussle it gave me! The contest winners and finalists will be published on Amazon sometime this month. I’ll let you know when this happens. Here’s a link to eBook Me Up:
I’m pleased and honored to again have a story published by Kids Book Review! Steam Whistle is a good story to share with grandkids and I hope you grandparents among my readers will give it a try!
Students and teachers of Chalone Peaks Middle School close each school year with a history and civics project – a day long reenactment of events from our Civil War. Here are some of Ed Haskell’s great pictures from the 15th annual Civil War reenactment.
Students, teachers, parents and guests honor Civil War veterans interred at King City Cemetery.
Lee and Lincoln greet each other after a the ceremony.
Hostilities commence with a skirmish between pickets.
Harriet Tubman speaks with students.
President Lincoln addresses the troops
My Lulu Garlic, Contraband was recently recorded and broadcast by KVPR, an NPR affiliate. It is now available as a free podcast and is fifty minutes in length. Here is the link:
The story includes both Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln as main characters. It details events from the last year of our Civil War. Teachers, should you wish to have your students listen to it, I’ve provided listening logs, directed reading assignments, reciprocal teaching assignments and three poster options. I think both the story and the assignments are suitable for 8th graders and up. All are free and here is the link:
A story of mine was chosen for broadcast on NPR and tonight is the night! The program is Valley Writers Read and it begins at seven. If you can’t catch the broadcast, it will be available in the KVPR archives for at least six months. Please pass the good word along! A link to the podcast is below.
P.S. They picked a great reader for the story!
P.P.S. I’ll be putting up lesson plans for this story on TPT in the very near future. I’ll let you all know when I’ve got them ready!