The Sunday List (7)

1. Educating
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.

2. Featuring
The Glass Door Knob at Slow Blogs this weekend.

3. Writing
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!

4. Reading
I was blown away (no pun intended) by Amy Bloom’s novel Away.

5. Planning
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.

6. Photo-Sharing
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.

7. Humming
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?

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