Author: Spencer Campbell

Mr. Campbell’s Top Ten Coolerest Sites of the Week and Eggnog

Huge week for all of us. We have Nanowrimo, Modern Warfare 3, second term starting…. Here are your Top Ten Coolerest sites of the week. 1)  A special thank you to all of the students who sent me gratitude cards. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Very rarely do I get emotional, but to see your thank you’s and appreciative comments made me very emotional. As a teacher, sometimes we don’t get to see the value of our work or the effect it has on students. The gratitude cards were a glimpse into both. Thank You so much, the timing couldn’t have been better. Mr. Campbell   2) NaNoWriMo our old friend is back and kicking.   3) COD MW3  This could arguably be the biggest video game release in the history of videos games. Rumors are that some stores have already started selling it. It is estimated that 16 Million copies will be sold by the end of the year. You guys do the math, that is almost 960 Million dollars in sales alone. 4) Katherine Erskine stopped by the site to say thank you. She is the author of Mockingbird, a National Bool Award Winner, that we recently read for The Book Whisperers. For those of you looking for some NaNoWriMo help her character development is amazing. 5) After recent events Mr. Hamblin wrote about...

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Ally Condie Author of Matched Gives a NaNoWrimo Pep Talk

Dear Writers, It is my pleasure and privilege to write this letter for NaNoWriMo! I am very honored to have been asked to do so by the Young Writers Program. I am impressed by you. All of you. Because your lives are busy. You have a multitude of things you could be doing now and you make the choice to write. You’ve decided to participate in something large and wonderful and exciting—you’re trying to write a novel. Congratulations! I’ll tell you a secret. I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo, but I’ve never written a novel in a month. But I still love writing along with the others who are. I like to think of the “Mo” at the end of NaNoWriMo as “More.” So November is often my month of writing more. I find more moments in the day to write down a sentence or two, more space in my life to think about the novel and what it could be and who the characters are. I let them linger in my mind a little longer, I cook things like pancakes for dinner so I have more time to write, I jot down more notes on the backs of school assignments or send more texts about the novel (questions, ideas, etc.) to myself. So—what is your more? It could be so many things. It could mean that you write 100 more...

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