I’m teaching students to write this year.  I’m back in the classroom where I belong, have always belonged, and I’m showing the world to students who have been trapped inside a five paragraph essay.  For some of them, it’s like they just discovered there are more crayons in the box….

joy in failing

I rarely finish what I begin when it comes to writing.  I have many unfinished drafts of short stories, novels, and even children’s picture books.  All at various stages of “starts”.  It’s as if I have built an author’s greenhouse and have cultivated story seedlings.  They are all in precious…