4th grade/dreams/Aerosmith/wisdom…what came out of the idea box.
Rocky met with the lively ladies of Book Chat on a shaded veranda overlooking Mobile Bay to talk about A Gathering Misery. As ice-cold drinks were served, the interactive discussion revolved around the creative process and the use of family heirlooms as scaffolding for both plot development and character arcs in Southern Literature.
Graduate-level writing instruction fired my imagination, while real-life actual intellectual discussion about the craft of writing…discussion with egos, politics, and the minutiae of daily responsibilities held in suspense for just a few days amongst a community of authors–this is the stuff new years are made of!
The Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet To Come swirled about the classroom as the genius of Dickens wrought its magic. Sure, the students understood allusions to Scrooge, but I was surprised by their corporate ignorance of the plot line (and, consequently, the message) of A Christmas Carol. After using a combo of rich …