More on My Publication The Pressures of Teaching

As I mentioned previously, my first major published essay, in the book The Pressures of Teaching, has been getting a lot of renewed promotion of late. It is available for purchase in a store or online, and there is even a preview copy available (my chapter not available in preview). In the last post, I mentioned that the nice folks at Kaplan Publishing have been giving away free ebook downloads for a limited time, which has now been extended through January 17. It is one of a number of free books available. So anyone with a Nook, Kindle, iPad, or eReader can get a free copy.

Additionally, last week the Maureen Picard Robins (editor), Bryan Ripley Crandall,  Bruce Green, and I all recorded a program for NWP Radio that will be released tomorrow, January 13. It was great fun and it is always delightful to chat with host and co-director of the National Writing Project Elyse Eidman-Aadahl. NWP Radio is a podcast program, providing information and resources to leaders of National Writing Project sites. Many of the authors in the book are fellow NWPers, including all that appeared on the program: Robins (NYC) Crandall (originallyLouisville), Green (originally Bay Area), and me (Boston).

So tune in and have a listen and let me know what you think.

My First Major Publication

A few weeks ago I mentioned that earlier this year I had my first essay published in an actual book, which was kind of a cool experience. The book is entitled The Pressures of Teaching and it can be bought in stores, although chances are better online. You can even preview a copy of it, although my chapter is not available in the preview.

What is even kind of cooler, however, is that the publisher, Kaplan, will be running an ebook promotion, beginning Tuesday, January 4. So anyone with a Nook, Kindle, iPad, or eReader can download a copy free for a limited time. I am sure that it will even work on an iTouch or computer with a proper ebook app, although all of the details are not yet available.

I should mention that I already got paid for my contribution and receive no additional compensation or royalties from the publisher for sales of the book. However, I would be delighted to hear what people think of the work.

Lastly, in another promotional effort the editor, Maureen Picard Robins, has begun a blog with the same title. As luck would have it, the first post she wrote references my essay, which also is pretty cool.

So, if you get a chance, download it on Tuesday and have a read. As I mentioned, I would love to hear what you think.

Reflecting on the Rebuild

I have to say that having a few days to tinker and rebuild fritzwinkle.com has been a bit of a joy. It has been something that I have been wanting to do for sometime.

Over the summer, I conceived of making a big switch and redoing the whole thing, but it didn’t happen. Instead, I got busy doing other things and, for the first time in awhile, just trying to enjoy some of the summer free from work. Of course, I did get myself involved in somethings that took up some time too.

Unfortunately, I had made some miscalculations with the domain name, which rendered everything offline for a bit. That forced me to have to go into a waiting mode, until that got itself worked out. I also have a tendency to get myself quite wrapped up in various projects and classes while teaching full time, as well. This has always made maintaining the site a challenge.

On the plus side, I have been riding a little bit of a website development wave. From tuning things with the various sites I have been using with students, as well as developing the new sites for both the Massachusetts Writing Project and Boston Writing Project. These autumn activities made for a quicker transition once I had everything ready. Plus, I had a lot more knowledge and understanding at the forefront of my mind since I was using it more regularly. This made it kind of fun and it didn’t take forever, which best of all.

Photo: Fall Kids

Fall Kids at Play

Now, as always, I just hope I can keep things updated and fresh, which has always been a challenge.