Category Archive: Creative Thinking Teaching and Learning

Apr 18

Google Apps for Education – Media Literacy

In the library, I have been exploring Google Apps for education, and the Google classroom. Although I have used Gmail, Google drive and the Google calendar personally for years, this year my school board expanded our use and access to Google Apps, using teacher and student accounts. Not all applications are available yet, but so far …

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Apr 03

Dragon Dictation: for Creative Writing

Typing at a laptop

Should you use Dragon Dictation for your Creative Writing? Many people say that the main benefit of Dragon Dictation for creative writing is speed. While it’s true that dictation fans rave about the increased productivity using dictation software, I have a much more serious reason to prefer dictating my stories and novels. Typing can cause wrist pain and …

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Feb 01

Loon Lake Books Logo

Here is the new Loon Lake Books logo, in colour. Thanks to everyone who gave me input on FaceBook, and elsewhere. It’s probably a good idea to have a colour, and a black and white logo, but I like this one best. Entries to this blog will slow down as I concentrate more on writing …

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Jan 18

Richard Scrimger Interview

I was lucky enough to interview the witty, award-winning Canadian author, Richard Scrimger. Versatile, he writes for small children, middle grade, young adult, and adult categories. My current favorite is his YA novel Zomboy, in which a new student turns out to be undead, and unwanted, by unenlightened members of his community. Zomboy provokes thought but still …

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Jan 01

Feeding Frenzy

I celebrated the New Year by posting chapter 11 of my serial thriller, Feeding Frenzy. Click here for the direct link… Join me on Wattpad to read it for free on all digital platforms.  

Dec 30

Choose the Best Logo for Loon Lake

I am going to indie publish my latest novel when it is finished. In order to publish well, I will need to pay for editing, proofreading etc. The name of my (ahem) publishing company is Loon Lake (because I’m a little crazy). To get a logo I sent some sketches and pictures off to a designer …

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Dec 29

Shared Writing and the Classroom Novel

The popularity of fantasy adventure novels hasn’t dwindled since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Teachers capitalizing on this popularity can inspire student writing, without marking more pages than Lord of the Rings. Today, I’m going to talk about shared-world ‘novel’ writing. This is something I did with a class of gifted grade four students, …

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Dec 15

Linda Poitevin Interview

Could Wattpad be for you? Are you a traditionally published author, looking to open up new markets? Do you have an idea for a book that would make good serial fiction? This interview with Linda Poitevin is partly about writing, partly about marketing, but mostly about how Wattpad can help you find new fans. Since …

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Nov 16

Feeding Frenzy Wins Best Blurb Award

  I recently won a fan-run Best Blurb Award on Wattpad. This may be a big reason why Feeding Frenzy is climbing the rankings. I can’t believe it has risen to #53 in Mystery/ Thriller and #69 in Paranormal. That’s a lot of progress in a short time. I’m going to use it as motivation …

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Nov 09

November Creative Updates

Creative Teaching Update I Wish My Teacher Knew, the non-fiction online book I made to collect first-person stories about education and creativity, has received over 1050 reads on Wattpad. This is exciting because the more people read it, the more will contribute. The hope is that these stories will inform Creative Teacher Librarian with fresh …

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