Monday, April 22, 2013

Water Crisis -My Impressions...




What would cause Americans to realize that there is a water crisis in the world happening right now? When we go to the sink and turn on the water, there it is! We don't have to struggle to find water. We don't have to walk miles to gather and carry our water. We have water and everyone we know in the world also has access to clean water. However, it is not that way everywhere in the world.  In parts of the world, water is in short supply. Clean drinking water that is readily available is in even shorter supply. The lack of, but need for water impacts every part of the lives of people who are in developing countries. The essential need for water causes women and girls to spend long days finding, carrying and bringing back water for their villages and tribes. They don't go to school and therefore are never educated. They risk their lives in order to find and transport water. It's a fact that in some places, ninety nine percent of the deaths can be attributed to lack of access to healthy clean water. Millions of people around the world today will spend long hours searching for water that I have waiting for me at home. I will never again take my water for granted or waste it, as I now know how lucky I am to have fresh, clean, water whenever I want it at my fingertips. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Interacting With A Character-Through Texting...Sort of....




I found this great tool that I thought would be a fun way to connect to a character in your book. The address is: http://www.classtools.net/SMS/index.php This tool allows you to create a texting conversation between you and character  in your book. The idea being that the text that you create will not  be random but rather show your in depth knowledge of the plot/character/setting/conflict/resolutions in your novel. Create a text message to your character. Save it and copy the link into your blog post. Write a couple of sentences describing who you texted, what the focus of the text was and why you chose that . 

Here is my text with Richard in a Three Dog Life. Remember Richard  has a Traumatic Brain Injury, and therefore his brain does not make the right connections much of the time. My texting with Richard is an example of  this character detail.
 
My Text To Richard