Wednesday, February 28, 2007
This is my new revamped writing space. Before all of the things in the blue boxes sort of found themselves out and about. No more. I have tamed the clutter so my mind won't be cluttered.
Hopefully more time for thinking, writing, blogging, etc.
My first writing priority? Figure out where I left off with my story about Thailand. I'm going back there this summer, so I think if I can get myself engulfed in the story now, it will only get better when I can refresh my memory with real details I'll experience this summer again.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
Here is my version:
by Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Based on the poem by George Ella Lyon
I am from Ashland, ChiangMai, Penang, Roanoke, and Salem.
I am from Poage, ChiangMai International School, Salem High, Virginia
Western, Roanoke College, and Hollins University.
I am from visiting India, Nepal, Canada, Ireland, Ocean Isle, Bar Harbor,
Langkawi, Baltimore, Altanta and Delaware.
I am from Mike and Debbie saying,
“Remember who you are and what you are” and
“You can be anything you want to be.”
I am from suitcases and carry-ons, and never enough room.
I am from tickets and passports, and half-way-around-the-world
I am from pack-the-night-before and it-will-all-fit.
I am from chinchokes, Songkran, and bare feet.
I am from rice, naan, curry, mangoes, milo ice, and khao soi and a pantry full of ingredients to make them at home.
I am from obsessive cooking and baking and watching Food Network.
I am from books stacked up in my office, beside my bed, and on my piano.
I am from writing in private journals to public blogs,
Snail mail to e-mail to any mail but bill mail,
Echoey phone calls to webcams.
I am from records, to tapes, to CDs, to satellite radio, to iPods.
I am from Flinchum to Atkins,
From Donnie to Makenna,
From single to blessed.
I am from writing and writing and more writing,
And the dream that one day,
By Marcie Flinchum Atkins will appear on a book cover.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
I became a teacher as a good excuse to keep reading children's books and to promote good books to kids. I also fell in love with good children's books all over again when I took my first children's lit. class as an undergrad.
Then, I decided I wanted to really get serious about my study of children's literature and get even more serious about writing children's literature. I had always loved writing, and I wanted to do even more. When I was finally paying for my own graduate school, I did what I'd always wanted to do--get a degree in writing. Well, I sort of did. My masters is from the wonderful Hollins University Children's Literature program.
I've missed discussing and critiquing children's lit, so I have found a new way to do it. Blogging.... So here begins my book banter.Hopefully it will be a place where I can regularly talk about my writing and my reading of children's books.