Friday, June 28, 2013

New Book!

That's right, folks: I just published what I'm calling a "sort-of memoir." For a while now, I've wanted to try self-publishing. It's something my teaching colleagues and I are looking into for our students, and it felt important that I try the process out first. Seeing Joss Whedon's do-it-himself Much Ado About Nothing last weekend gave me the nudge I needed.

So I began digging through electronic folders and finding much of the creative writing I've done during the past five school years. (On breaks, I was busy writing Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle, Skipping Stones and the Center of the Earth, and How I Got Rich Writing C Papers, of course.) I saw a theme in these works, and so I organized them into a book that provides a glimpse of how I see the world and where my writing comes from. After tacking a new lead-in essay onto the front of the book, begging my publisher for permission to publish with someone else, and then wrestling a bit with Lulu's technology, oila--I have another book. Take a look.


What does this all mean? It's time for a contest. The first five people to write a full review of any of my books (including the two newest ones, How I Got Rich Writing C Papers and Sidewalk Chalk Hopscotch: A Sort of Memoir by a Teacher Who Writes) will receive a free copy of Sidewalk Chalk Hopscotch! Post these reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, or your Facebook page. Just make sure to let me know by sending me an e-mail with a link. Send to thunderstrikebike@yahoo.com. 

The first 10 people to Like my post on Facebook (on my Andy Hueller author page--the post says the exact same thing as you'll find above) AND write a one-sentence review of one of my books in response to that post will receive a piece of How I Got Rich swag.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Reading

As a reader for the summer, first goal is simply to read a lot--and to read whatever suits my fancy. Last summer, I read 17 books (a lot for me, not a lot for some of you, I'm sure), and they ranged from long works of fiction to episodic works of comedy to books on writing. See a list of these books by clicking on the "My Bedside Table" page link above. After the first 17, the rest are books I read during the school year, some on breaks, some along with my students, some more slowly (before I fell asleep at night).

To encourage students to do the same thing--read and keep track of what they read--my colleagues and I have kept our students' summer assignment simple. I've included it below. Enjoy.

Please keep track of the books you read this summer in the log below. Happy Reading!
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Title of Book

Author
Genre (e.g., Action, Mystery)

Number of pages
Rating (1=too easy; 3=just right; 5=too hard)














































































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Title of Book

Author
Genre (e.g., Action, Mystery)

Number of pages
Rating (1=too easy; 3=just right; 5=too hard)





















































































Saturday, June 1, 2013

Contest!

Check out the contest on my Facebook page for a chance to win spectacular How I Got Rich Writing C Papers swag!

-Andy