Social Media

I’ve spent the better part of the day trying to inter-connect my various social media sites. I think I’ve made inroads, but I’m also sure that everything isn’t linked together. I’m also fairly certain that I haven’t done everything right. How could I have done it right when I really don’t understand it!

Every new thing is a learning curve. Eventually, I figure it out, but it takes experience–and that takes time.

What I think I’ve done:

  • I believe I’ve connected this site to Google+ and done that reciprocally.
  • I’m not sure it’s connected with Facebook–but it may be.
  • I’m working on the Bubblews connection.
  • Getting Twitter to automatically post from this blog is a mystery. I’ve tried and tried to get various plugins to work.

Why am I telling you this?

  • First, I’m testing the system.
  • Second, I want you to patient while I figure all this out.

Mona L S Baisch

What do you think about poetry for kids?

Readers become Writers

Readers become Writers

I for one, think it’s great! Children’s verse tends to be of the rhyming kind, which sort of rolls around on your tongue and has a good time. What a fun way to introduce language–make it sound good and feel good; make it play. It’s also short. Most young kids’ books are picture books–sort of the old-fashioned interactive variety that allows you to have a discussion about what’s going on!

On the other hand, it’s indisputable that many–even most–of the old nursery rhymes are fairly violent, sad, and fearsome.

  • Old Mother Hubbard couldn’t feed her children.
  • Little Miss Muffet was frightened by a spider.
  • Humpty Dumpty fell and completely broke himself.
  • Jack and Jill did about the same thing.
  • There was a witch that wanted to eat Hansel. (Hansel and Gretel)
  • Trolls wanted to eat the three billy goats; and even though they didn’t, the billy goat’s revenge was to poke the trolls eyes out.

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There are some newer forms of poetry for kids, but they’re mostly scary too.

Here’s an excerpt from ‘What If’ by Shell Silverstein—who writes wonderful poetry books for kids.

Last night while I lay thinking here
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:

Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?…

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What’s a mother/father/aunt.uncle/grandmother/grandfather . . . to do?

First, in my opinion every child should know the basics, and that actually includes these wonderful rhymes where horrible things happen. As a child, I somehow enjoyed them without being scarred for life and, in fact, it didn’t even occur to me to be horrified, frightened, or even upset. In fact, having these nightmarish events played out on the page rather made me feel secure. After all, I wasn’t there. I was just someone looking on. And the pictures were nice. And the words rhymed.

No one moralized about the message. That’s probably a good idea. Kids don’t need an explanation about things they don’t yet understand. Someday they’ll get the point. When that time comes, they’ll remember the words and the rhyme will take on a new meaning.

Kids actually like scary things, especially when they’re quite safe themselves. Halloween for instance. Swinging high up in the air and holding on tight.

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Now, if you find yourself thinking that you don’t want your kids exposed to the classics, you have an alternative! Dr. Seuss is almost 100% positive. Not quite, but almost. ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is all about negatives. Sam doesn’t like much of anything–going, coming, eating, anything. But most of Dr. Seuss has a positive orientation like this excerpt from ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go.’

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So…
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

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The message of course is READ TO YOUR KIDS before they can read to themselves. Lots of books: picture books, poems that rhyme. Your kids will grow up loving to read, and reading is the foundation for every sort of learning there is.

by Mona L Spaulding Baisch

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photo credit: The drawing is my own

Do you write to leave yourself on the page?

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

I’ve been intensely interested, lately, in what and why writers write, and in the resulting product

Truth is, many writers are writing primarily for a commercial purpose. Nothing wrong with that. I like a good story as much as the next person. And, of course, even writing with a commercial intention will leave a bit of the writer’s shadow on the page.

There is another sort of writing that is more involved with the writer’s personality: Autobiography, of course; literary fiction; poetry and fantasy, which come direct from the subconscious; some of the great classic novels; and, harder to identify, some modern and emerging authors. What they all have in common is that they all drown in their rivers–what a great metaphor.

I have a preference for writing of this sort. I read as much to meet the writer on the page as I do to read the story. Naturally, that is also how I write.

Have you given any thought to how you write?

Mona L S Baisch

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons Why Writers Write + 1 — Number 6. To Know Myself

To not explore this inner space is to go though life as if blind.

To not explore this inner space is to go though life as if blind.

I enjoyed reading  Wordplay: The Writing Life of K.M. Weiland this morning

Whether of not it’s true  that writers write for only 5 reasons, the 5 reasons given seemed fairly inclusive (and I’m quoting from Weiland’s blog here):

1. To Overcome

We can’t choose what life throws at us, but some of us are spurred by obstacles and opposition. Writers with this motivation love to take on the ignorant publishers who reject them and the mean one-star reviewers. They get immense satisfaction from proving the doubters wrong.

2. To Achieve the Goal

Do you like to have a clear goal to aim for? A lot of writers thrive on specific challenges like “500 words a day,” or National Novel Writing Month. They get their deepest sense of accomplishment from knowing they’ve fulfilled their goal or completed the task.

3. To Win

Few of us would turn down praise and prizes, but for some writers, beating the competition is the chief motivation. They’re motivated by a need to be the best, to stand out from the crowd, to gather accolades. They know their sales figures and Amazon rankings exactly!

4. To Create

Some writers get their chief satisfaction from the process of writing. The means matters more than the end. They spend hours if not years perfecting their prose and are avid users of writing how-to books and sites, which help them keep improving.

5. To Have an Impact

Writers with this motivation want above all to leave their mark. They’re focused on getting a response from readers or inspiring change. Sometimes the greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the impact being a writer has on their own lives.

 There is one more reason and, for me, it’s the main reason. I write to know myself. It always amazes me what I know and what I actually think.

6. To Know Myself

There may be writers who plan, outline and plot. I do that as well. What I really do when I write, however, it to trance-in and connect with an otherwise inaccessible inner space. That’s why I write. And so, I’m adding number 6 to the list of why writers write. To not explore this inner space is to go though life as if blind.

 Mona L S Baisch