The night before we left for Paris, DP and I went to see Dave Eggers speak at the literary conference Kosmopolis here in Barcelona. Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s and the author of fiction and non-fiction including a memoir entitled A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius that was nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
We know Dave Eggers as the co-founder of 826 Writing & Tutoring Centers which was, happily, the topic of his talk in Barcelona. You can learn more about Eggers’ vision for centers that provide free, one-on-one tutoring for kids after school by listening to his TED talk here.
For the second consecutive year, I am participating in Na No Wri Mo (short for National Novel Writing Month); this means that I am writing 50,00 words this month. I was ridiculously proud to complete NaNo WriMo in November 2007 although I’m not sure that particular novel will ever see the light of day. This year I am writing a young adult novel for which the working title is Writing Zoe. Although I am quite excited about my little story and DP is very supporive (by nature, and specifically about writing 1667 words a day), I promise that I will not be sharing my daily word count with you on a regular basis. Just wish me luck!
I was blown away (no pun intended) by Amy Bloom’s novel Away.
DP and I are working on our presentation for the ECIS conference in Nice, France at the end of November. Our talk is called Teaching from the Box Office: Using Popular Culture in the Classroom.
While I’m working on my NaNo WriMo novel, I’ll be doing a little less writing here at Teacher Meets World. I will, however, be sharing lots of scrumptious photographs of Paris during November.
During a little break from my writing this afternoon, DP and I created a playlist of some the songs (mostly new and a couple of oldies) that we are listening to right now. If you have i-tunes, you can listen to the tracks listed below by clicking on the songs. Enjoy!
What are you working on – and playing at – in November?