7th Grade Revolution: The Power of Paracord

The character of Dennis in 7th Grade Revolution definitely has some untold stories in his past — which for now, remain untold. For example, his shark tooth necklace. I’m dying to know the story behind the shark’s tooth, because it holds a meaning for Dennis and has become his worry stone. Maybe one of these days he’ll tell me the … Read More

Belief

As I am working on the first book in my Homeless Myths series, The Star Warriors and the Secret of the Red Key, the topic of belief systems is present all the time. With Myths in the series name, those things are running through my head. Why do we believe the things we do. What do these kids believe? How … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: The Storeroom

As the personality of Silas Tucker became clear, I knew that if he had gone to the trouble of creating a secret room, then he would have hidden things of value inside. Here was a man who when building his house had put in a hidden staircase, hid a portion of the basement, and created a tunnel to escape through. … Read More

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7th Grade Revolution: The Hidden Staircase

Last week I talked about the tunnel and how it created the school as a post Civil War mansion. Once I knew the era of the house, I knew it had to contain a secret staircase and rooms as well. The first Nancy Drew Mystery book I ever got my hands on was The Hidden Staircase and from that point … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: The Tunnel

When starting off on the journey of 7th Grade Revolution I didn’t have a lot of information beyond the portion based on the real life classroom experience. I had spent time getting to know my characters, but beyond knowing there was a conflict with an outside agency. Normally, before I start writing, I do work on some sort of outline. … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: The Class Clown

Every Middle School class has at least one … a kid with a sparkle in their eye and the ability to turn absolutely everything into a joke. They are the pranksters, the rebels, the classroom disruptors. The challenge for every teacher is to keep them at least somewhat toeing the line while not crushing their spirit. Because that spirit is … Read More

The Safe Place

I recently ran across an article discussing some alarming statistics which coincide directly with the increase in smart phone use. I’ll discuss some of those statistics in a future post, but wanted to discuss the first thing that popped into my mind as I read through the article. In the digital age we live in, the ability to have a … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: Willing to Fall

Success. It is a word I hear as a writer quite a bit. Is your book a success? Do you have a successful career? Since today is the launch of 7th Grade Revolution perhaps I should be wondering whether or not it will be a success. But for me, in many ways, it already is. In many respects, 7th Grade … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: The Generator

When there is a standoff, opponents will look for ways to weaken their opposition without a show of force. In 7th Grade Revolution, the students are inside the school, and the FBI is outside. The FBI is under orders not to create a situation which would bring scrutiny to their activities, and they don’t want to go in with a … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: The Outside Threat

One of the important elements for 7th Grade Revolution was the banding together of the entire grade to stand fast against an outside threat. Group dynamics have always fascinated me. The internal structure, the jockeying for power, the outcasts … each person plays their role. The role can change for each person depending on the circumstances and the group. While … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: Imagine If You Will

There are some points in 7th Grade Revolution where the story may become a little fantastical … which is as it was intended. Because it makes it a fun read. But nothing stretches the bounds of credibility as much as a single moment I wrote into the story. As I mentioned last week in my post about The Dungeon, the … Read More