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Aug
15
Frank Ball
Think Snow
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In a Texas summer, snow is a delightful thought. Southern cowpokes want to escape the heat.
  In a Canadian winter, snow is something to be avoided when it piles in drifts around the house and across the driveway.
 

Aug
8
Frank Ball
Best Practice
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If we practice writing like a bestselling author, we have a much better chance of becoming one.
  Wanting to do something of value, Amira Willighagen decided she liked opera better than learning the violin. So she practiced singing like the stars until she became one.
  At just nine years old, she amazed the judges at Holland’s Got Talent.

Aug
1
Frank Ball
Daffynitions
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Each morning Frank Ball reads a few comic strips to stir his creative thinking. In just a few frames, many of them tell an interesting story with beginning, middle, and end.
  One of his favorite strips is Shoe, by Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly, when Skyler sits in the classroom and absurdly answers the teacher’s request for a definition.

Here are some daffynitions that were added recently:

Archenemy — Flat feet

Canned Ham — Actor fired for overplaying his part

Country Bumpkin — What farmers attach to the front of their tractors to absorb crashes

Monroe Doctrine — Gentlemen prefer blondes

Redundancy — An airbag in a politician’s car

To read more of the collection, Click Here.

Jul
25
Frank Ball
Page Turner Needed
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Sometimes, professionals need help.

Bring in someone to perform a simple task, and the communication can become really funny.

 

Jul
18
Frank Ball
Spellcheck
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Spellcheck is a wonderful aid—until wee bee come two depend ant on it, thinking it will find the saturations when we leaf out a word or have a wrung word.

To read Martha Snow’s wonderful poem, “Ode to the Spell Checker,” illustrating the danger, Click Here.

Jul
11
Frank Ball
Dialogue
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A monologue is only one person speaking. Dialogue refers to a conversation between two or more people. The differences between our characters should be made obvious by each one’s unique expression, tone, and word choice.
  Brian Hull contrasts the differences between Disney characters.

Jul
4
Frank Ball
The First Fourth of July
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Writing could not have been more important than the days when Thomas Jefferson wrote powerful words to establish a nation independent from Great Britain.
  In Liberty’s Kids episode thirteen of season one, James and Sarah witness the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
  The twenty-minute video is worth the time to remind us of the power of words.

Jun
27
Frank Ball
In Other Words
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Words won’t directly translate to another language, because so much of our understanding is derived from the context, not the words themselves. In translation, “let it go” can become “give up,” which isn’t the same.
  This is why it’s so important to know and use the language of our audience.

Jun
20
Frank Ball
Learning to Dance
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We watch others, and then we work out the steps for ourselves.
  If we want to write well, we read and study what words work well and what could have been written better. Then we apply what we’ve learned in our own effort. This is what we call “apprentice training,” one of the best ways to grow our skills.
  William Stokkebroe was only two years old when he wowed the crowd with his dance steps to “Jailhouse Rock.”

Jun
13
Frank Ball
Got Talent
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What we call “talent” is often a result of countless hours of hard work.
  Choi Sung Bong lived on the street in South Korea for ten years. At the age of fourteen, he heard a vocalist at a nightclub where he was selling chewing gum and wanted to learn music, but how? Rejected by music teachers, he refused to give up. He learned what he could in an Internet café, and finally found a teacher who would work with him.
  He finished second in Korea’s Got Talent competition in 2012.