DisPLACEd

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Hey everyone. I know I’ve been silent, but there has been very good reason.

While I may not be able to write here anymore (or as often), I would love for you all to check out my new project. Along with two of my very best friends, we have created a revolutionary collaborative short story series.

You can find our website here: DisPLACEd.

Make sure to check it out and subscribe to thelinked website so you can get straight-to-email updates. More info will be added over the next few months.

Premiere is in July 2016.

7 Great Writing Websites and Blogs

When you’re writing, whether it is a short story, novel, screenplay, etc., it is important to know you are not alone.

Not only are there a lot of online forums and real-life communities that are eager to discuss and critique your work, but there are websites and blogs that can give you great tips.

*All of these sites are FREE.*


Discussion & Critique

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All of these forums are up-to-date, with writing tips, publishing help, and forums specific to genres.

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You can talk with other writers, hear about upcoming news and events, and they even hold some competitions and challenges.


Tips and Tricks

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The website layout might not be the most appealing, and it is very cluttered, but it is filled with fantastic information. It features articles by many authors, and there are tips for every area of your writing.


Writing Prompts

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Numerous times throughout the day, iAuthor posts picture and word prompts. Whether you use them in your stories, or as an exercise to get your brain warmed-up, you can share with others and hear their feedback.


Competitions

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Every year, Text Publishing hold their Text Prize. The categories are ‘Young Adult’ and ‘Children’, with their first prize a publishing contract with a whopping $10,000 advance against royalties.

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I haven’t used this site before, but I plan to. Getting your writing published is very hard, so it might be worth your while to enter some competitions.

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National Novel Writing Month takes place annually in November. The goal is to write 50,000 words, getting one step closer to completing your writing project. Not only can it help you stay on-track, but you can chat with others and help each other.


Have you found a great writing website or blog? Let me know below!

The Birth of Jesus – Year 5 scripture lesson

*UPDATE – the lesson went great; much better than I expected. The jigsaw puzzles were a big hit, and even got some of the more-troubling kids eager to work.*

I wrote about my Year 1 and 2 ‘birth of Jesus’ scripture lesson (here), so here is my Year 5 ‘birth of Jesus’ scripture lesson.

For this lesson, I was wracking my brain to figure out a way to make it engaging and entertaining. With the end of the year coming closer, the kids are harder to control. I also wanted them to always remember having fun learning about Jesus – and the Christmas story is one of the most important (in my opinion the Easter story is the most important).

After finding a brilliant age-appropriate book called Bible Stories for Children (I wrote about it here), I have decided to read it to the kids, after getting them to complete puzzles that reveal pictures that will help us tell the story.

Here it is.


Good afternoon everyone.

Today we’re going to do things a little differently. You’re going to work in a few groups to work out some jigsaw puzzles, and we’re going to use the pictures to help us tell a story.

Hand out jigsaw puzzles.

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Great, so we’ve got all these pictures. I’m sure most of you already know what today’s lesson is going to be about.

Q. Who can tell me what special day is coming up? We celebrate it every year, near the end of December? Christmas

Today we’ll be hearing the story of the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and we’ll be using these pictures (indicate completed jigsaws) to help us.

*Read the book/story while pointing to appropriate puzzle pictures*

CONCLUDING PRAYER: Dear God, // Thank you for sending Jesus. // Help us in these last few weeks. // Amen.

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Living With Anxiety

In the last few years, the internet has been inundated with people telling their stories of living life with anxiety and depression.

Here’s another one.

In this blog, I will be as frank and honest as I can. I will explain my ups and downs, and hopefully we can all work together to get through this beautiful world that can sometimes be too hard.