Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GOODREADS AUTHOR TAG

Four days of being surrounded by educators who also know the power of words, the exhilaration of getting our students to find their power, and are willing to share great ideas. That's what the Michigan Reading Association's 59th Conference held for me recently. I met the most amazing people and learned so much my brain could barely allow me to function today!

Thanks to Donalyn Miller, who urged me to do more with my Goodreads account, I can now say that I am a Goodreads Author and have the tag on my page to prove it. Even more importantly, I have shared this resource with my 8th graders, who now have even easier to access new and old young adult titles recommended by their own favorites authors. 

I would love to hear back about the site, get new reading ideas, and even perhaps some writing topics you might like to see included in future books from me.

Here's the link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8320398.Kristine_E_Brickey


Sunday, March 22, 2015

UPCOMING EVENTS WITH KRISTINE E. BRICKEY

DELTA TOWNSHIP LIBRARY Local Author Fair  
Tuesday, April 14th  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Delta Township District Library
5130 Davenport Drive
Lansing, MI 48917
http://www.dtdl.org/events/local-author-fair/




MICHIGAN AUTHORS ON THE GRAND
Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Grand Ledge Area District Library
131 East Jefferson
Grand Ledge, MI 48837 
I guess it's official. I'm a 'real author' now that I have my own domain!
www.kristineebrickey.com

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Audio Publication! KSLU...N'awlins!

Click on the link to listen to a variety of amazing writers sharing at the 2014 New Orleans Writing Marathon, Finding Your Muse. My piece is #2, and I'm calling it "When Writing Left Me."

Let me know what you think!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"To be a 'Real' Writer"      by Kristine E. Brickey   March 19, 2015

Someone told me the other day that they wanted to be a real writer one day. "Aren't you a writer now?" I inquired with a smile.

"Well, yes, but I mean a real writer...like you." 

A 'real' writer, like me? What is it that makes someone feel like a 'real' writer rather than just a writer? Is there such a thing as a 'fake' writer, then?

My definition of 'Real' Writers includes:
     a love of writing--the physical act of putting down words and the emotional response words elicit in both the writer and readers, which demands also, that real writers SHARE their writing.

Perhaps it is the willingness to share that closes the gap between merely being a writer and being what people consider a 'Real Writer'.

I used to think real writers could live off their writing, but now I don't think so. I think it is more that Real Writers can't live WITHOUT their writing. 

Real Writers must write. 

Real Writers feel the pull of the words, the stories, the characters, etc. from inside and answer the call to put the words into concrete form.

Real Writers love the power of words; succumb to the vital necessity of putting down those words; and finally, bravely share their words with others.

What do you think? What is your definition of what it means to be a 'Real Writer' in today's world?

I can't wait to hear from you!

Saturday, March 14, 2015