tagged w/ Writing
The traveler comes, the traveler goes,
in the wisps of silence he moves,
within solitude he is,
his cloak worn long with anonymity,
he passes through veils of fear
in to who he has become,
the fragrance of life is his to savor,
a loneliness not so vague gnaws at ego,
bringing him to meet himself'
his only footing is the fresh unknown,
his pool of reflection,
the world his home,,,,,,,,,,
by; gentjim the traveler
http://the1traveler.blogspot.com/The Traveler The traveler comes, the traveler goes, in the wisps of silence he... more
What writers should and should not do, especially if they hope to get their work published...
http://mitziszereto.com/blog/the-plight-of-the-harried-anthology-editor/What writers should and should not do, especially if they hope to get their work... more
Donner finds out why Vic hit rock bottom.
A great new promo from Amnesty International
Each year hundreds of thousands of activists mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December by taking part in Amnesty International’s letter writing marathon. We write letters and sign online petitions to demand that the rights of individuals are respected, protected and fulfilled. In doing so, we show solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses and try to bring about real changes to their lives.
Amnesty International will be staging events, lighting lanterns and using social media to shine a light on these people’s stories and encourage others to take action during this global moment.A great new promo from Amnesty International Each year hundreds of thousands of... more
Vote for Kat Taylor to become a new on-giong political Web Series mixing reality and fiction. This is a very indie project based on current events and made from the heart.Vote for Kat Taylor to become a new on-giong political Web Series mixing reality and... more
Tony D's sketch about an inner city circus.
Tony D uncovers his old Letterman samples, circa 1992.
The Jane Austen/Pride and Prejudice controversy continues. Authors have forever adapted and borrowed from literary classics, so why all the vitriol with this latest (and very raunchy) adaptation/re-imagining?
http://mitziszereto.com/blog/pitchforks-jane-austen-and-me/The Jane Austen/Pride and Prejudice controversy continues. Authors have forever... more
Nation of adults who will write like children?
By Katia Hetter, Special to CNN
August 10, 2011 2:04 p.m. EDT
Miley Cyrus's and Justin Bieber's handwriting in Habbo Celebrity "Advice to My Teenage Self."
Critics are upset that cursive writing classes are being kicked out of more schools
Teacher: "Handwritten documents convey important cultural information"
Another critic fears adults in the years to come will write like children
Autograph seller says stars under age 30 already have sloppy writing
(CNN) -- A glance at teen stars Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber's letters to their younger selves makes one thing clear: their handwriting is terrible. In the letters, part of the Habbo Celebrity "Advice to My Teenage Self" book, the content is messy and their cursive signatures are barely legible.
The handwriting of today's teen stars "is so atrocious, it's talked about and recognized through the industry," says Justin King, a Toronto-based paparazzi for Flynet Pictures and independent autograph seller. "With stars ages 30 and above, they generally have a much more full, legible signature. When you deal with these new people like [teen actress] Elle Fanning, you're lucky if you get an E and F and a heart for her signature."
It's just not the teen stars who can't write properly. Most states don't require children to learn cursive writing anymore. Some 46 states have adopted the Common Core Standards, a set of educational guidelines that do not require cursive writing as part of a school's curriculum. The state of Indiana recently announced it would drop a district requirement to teach cursive writing as of this fall. Instead, students must be able to type on keyboards.
How friends, family spark handwriting change
Technology has pushed cursive writing off the agenda of many school systems across the country. As a result, Handwriting Without Tears founder Jan Olsen sees more sloppy handwriting in schools today.
"If you stop teaching handwriting in the second grade, you're going to have a generation of people who write like second graders," says Olsen, whose company teaches a clean and simple style of cursive that avoids the fancy curls and swirls of old-fashioned script.
Are we becoming a country of adults who write like children? Will we be able to understand the power of John Hancock's actual signature on the Declaration of Independence if we can't read the original document? How can we feel the magic of Jane Austen's earliest, unpublished, handwritten manuscript, "The Watsons," which recently sold for $1.6 million at auction?
Will younger generations not know the powerful emotions that come from receiving a handwritten love letter that describes all the love someone else feels for you? What about the fear and courage that comes from writing your first love letter that contains all the love you feel for someone else?
'Snail Mail' project promotes art of letters
"Handwritten documents convey important cultural information about authors," says Davis Schneiderman, novelist and chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College. "These documents also suggest an authenticity that electronically produced documents do not. The Declaration is an index of its time as well as clue to the physicality of its signers. Imagine 'John Hancock' typed in an 18-point Times New Roman font. The proud fury behind his oversized signature would be lost."
Retired schoolteacher Carol Collin also mourns the loss of cursive in children's lives. "They miss the sense of pride they get when they can write neatly and elegantly in cursive instead of only knowing manuscript [print]," says Collin, who taught for 40 years in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District in California and still substitute teaches. "There are many times in school and as an adult where being able to write elegantly is an advantage. Prospective employers will be impressed by clear, readable, attractive writing."
Educators warn of negative effects of not teaching cursive
Granted, most workplaces are more likely to be dominated by computers and technology than pens and pencils and handwritten thank you notes. Its makes sense that computers are the go-to resource for researching and writing papers and other homework assignments.
And some writing experts aren't worried about children not being able to read the original Declaration of Independence or sign their names in cursive. Historical documents can be reprinted in print form and children can be taught to sign their names in cursive for legal documents and birthday cards.
Handwriting has never been a static art
Yet teens who can't write legibly -- multimillionaire teen celebrities aside -- do suffer. Even though many children use computers to write papers at home, most writing done within the school walls is still done by hand. (The country's ongoing economic problems won't likely add many computers to our nation's public school classrooms in the next few years.)
"Without it [cursive handwriting] you lose the sense of having your thought process through your hand movements to create your language and thoughts to someone else," says Michael Sull, a master penman in Spencerian script; past president of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting; and author of four books on handwriting including, "American Cursive Handwriting," which was released last month. "There is a great loss in the progress that could be made with children fostering their motor skill development, literacy training and concepts of communication."
Sloppiness makes the reader think the writer's ideas aren't any good, studies show. "If you have sloppy handwriting, people make [negative] judgments about the quality of your ideas," says Steven Graham, professor of education at Vanderbilt University.
And poor handwriting slows down the writer. If you write slowly, your hand may not be able to keep up with your mind's attempt to have a thought, form it into a sentence and remember it long enough to write it down. "Until you can do this skill quickly and without thinking, it will interfere with your output," says Graham. "You better learn to write."
.CNN... Nation of adults who will write like children? By Katia Hetter, Special... more
Jane Austen - is she untouchable or not? Author Mitzi Szereto chats from South Florida with Boston’s Joe Viglione on Visual Radio in a two-part interview about books, writing, publishing, and her controversial new release Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts.
http://mitziszereto.com/blog/interview-with-mitzi-szereto-on-visual-radio-with-joe-viglione/Jane Austen - is she untouchable or not? Author Mitzi Szereto chats from South Florida... more
Tony D finds his Pizzaman sketch and comedy skit with lots of history.
The Best Poems Encyclopedia would like to call for submissions for its second annual Poetry print Anthology for the best 303 creative works and poems written during the year and develop a new collection dedicated to discover young emerging poets and creative writers among the social poetry and academic diaspora. The deadline for submission is 30 June 2011. All current members and those who join in advance of the deadline are eligible. Submission is free and informations on how to submit directly via the online form can be found on the website http://www.best-poems.net
We hope to receive your best poems and works that deal in some way with these themes: the focus may be on issues of modern life daily experiences in poetry of any genre. What we want are submissions that address the theme(s) of Human Relationships, Borders, Identity, War and Peace, Love, Life and Death, Inspirational, Politics, Women, etc... in new and exciting ways that allow our readers to see the multiplicity of angles and issues these broad headings generate.
Submissions are open to any poet from confirmed to new emerging ones and all creative writers in academic scholarship cycles (students, professors, etc...).The Best Poems Encyclopedia would like to call for submissions for its second annual... more
My friend Barbara travels and blogs about it she's come a long way but I think you'll enjoy her world travel musings and insights-this is her
Barbara Weibel "After years of working 70 hours a week at jobs I detested, I felt like the proverbial "hole in the donut" - solid on the outside, but empty on the inside. Searching for meaning in my life, I abandoned my successful but unsatisfying career and set out on a six-month solo backpacking trip around the world to pursue my true passions of travel, writing, and photography. My blog features intensely personal stories about the destinations I visit, people I meet, the crazy (and often humourous...)... (always fun and enlightening i highly recommend her travel site hole in the Donut more on Luang Prabang at link too)My friend Barbara travels and blogs about it she's come a long way but I think... more