BiBLOGography

So eminent is done! On to the next pile of homework….. yay….. Any-who, here is every single website I used for the project:

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/writers20th/a/carolyn_keene.htm This link saved my life. It was awesome. Written by her grand-daughter, it has so much information on Harriet’s childhood, her school life, the Stratemeyer Syndicate and a lot more. This was my primary source of information.

-http://www.amazon.ca/Girl-Sleuth-Nancy-Women-Created/dp/B00D3OEJKM This book was very good for getting information on the Stratemeyer Syndicate and on Harriet’s home life. It was also a good source for expanding on basic information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratemeyer_Syndicate This website was very good at explaining the Stratemeyer Syndicate. It didn’t have much information on Harriet specifically. It had great information on her job though and its origins.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Adams This website was one of the first websites I used. It has very little information on Harriet but for starting information, if was very informative for starting facts. I used this a lot to find more specific facts and narrow my search ranges.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stratemeyer_Syndicate_series This website was nice to have as it told me which books were written by the Syndicate as well as when they were written and the pen names they were written under.

So that’s it, not many websites. But still, the websites I have were very good and I feel I got a lot of reliable information. So yay!

Night of the Notables

Yay! How fun! Night of the notables was amazing. Watching the speeches was an awesome experience. I feel that I met my goals for the night and for the project. Though the project didn’t inspire any new stories for me, it definitely inspired me to keep writing, and to write more. I feel like that will be how I will be spending all of Christmas break. Also everyone that I talked to at my center came away knowing that Harriet Adams wrote the Nancy Drew series and not Mildred Benson, which I like to think of as a good accomplishment. With future projects like this, I plan on not waiting as long to finish the project as well as planning out what to say when talking to people.

I think the things I will remember most about that night is walking around filming and seeing all the different learning centers. I will also remember how much my feet hurt after wearing heels all day… not going to do that again.. yeah that was a bad idea… I’ll also remember the panic Max sent me into with the spotlight. Right along side that, I’ll remember how awesome the speeches were. They were absolutely amazing. I really hope that next year us grade nines will compare.

I just want to commend all the committees on their great work. Everyone did a great job! Layout worked really well and yummy, yummy food. Alison, you did an amazing job as project coordinator. Really, everyone did an amazing job and I think if one person hadn’t, Wednesday would not have been so successful.

Well that’s all from me for now. It’s late, I’m tired and I’m heading off to bed. Bye bye!

I’m officially an interviewer!

I’ve finally completed a real interviewer! Yay! I interviewed my old English teacher, Ms. Holland, from elementary school. She remembered me! Now she didn’t know anything specifically on Harriet, but she helped me get an insight into the world of publishing and writing. I learned that, as a children’s writer, she got a lot of inspiration from her childhood. This reminded wanted to have Nancy’s life when she was child, and it was as if she was inspired by her childhood fantasies.

Ms. Holland told me that you  need to research your market VERY WELL if you want to get published. Harriet and her father clearly had as she had a company that published all the Syndicate’s books. Also, the Syndicate had a trend with mystery novels which seemed to be selling very well.

Another thing Ms. Holland talked about was the amount of editing that went into getting a book ready for publishing. I can only imagine how many times Harriet would edit a story then give it back for them to fix over and over with every single book in the Syndicate’s making. She must have spent most of her time editing. I bet she got real good, real fast, at editing. Editing was also her first job ever that she did for the Syndicate.

Ms. Holland said that something that helped writers a lot were writing groups. They are very inspiring and are thorough if you have the people within the group edit you work. I wonder if Harriet was part of a writing  group. Probably not because then there would be people editing her ghostwriters work, a job that was hers, and would know the stories before they were published and who it was writing them. If anything, Harriet would have had a writing group within the Syndicate. (There’s a learning center idea…… Hehe)

Ms. Holland was very helpful in helping me see into the technical world of writing. I hope to keep those tips in mind as I work towards completing my IEP goal of finishing my book. I wish I had time to read a book written by Harriet before Night of the Notables to give me some help on seeing different writing tips in her stories. Another thing I’d like to know is what happens after companies say “Yes, we will publish you.”  I hope to use the information I learned within my learning center as I turn my little section of the school into the Stratemeyer Syndicate story brain storming meeting (whether that exists or not is unknown but it works for what I am doing). So yay! Hope to see a bunch of people there.

I have to go work… stupid procrastination…..

Au revoir!

Document of Learning

Two days ago, I was stressing out. I mean, I had a little more than twelve days to set up an interview, figure out how to capture the voices on camera with no mics (probably won’t happen), plan my learning center, figure out the RSVPS and write a speech that I hadn’t started. I believe this is called result of procrastination. However, I am no longer freaking out. I actually finished a rough draft of my speech (yay) and I have an interview scheduled for later today. From my research, I have learned quite a bit about writing. I’ve learned that sometimes big expanded moments are just nuisances and can easily be replaced with a single sentence. Hopefully this will help my complete my goal in finishing my book. If only I had my own team of ghost writers. It would make everything so much simpler. The research has definitely opened up new perspectives for writing as well as new influences for my stories maybe. I also loved writing as Edna, Harriet’s sister. It was really fun and not nearly as hard as I thought. Sadly, I still have no clue what I am going to do for my learning center. I believe I will have one of Harriet’s books on my table but that’s about as far as my planning’s gone.  Sadly, I still have no clue what I am going to do for my learning center. I believe I will have one of Harriet’s books on my table but that’s about as far as my planning’s gone. I want people to come away knowing that Carolyn Keene was not Ms. Benson and was in fact Harriet Stratemeyer. I also want people to know how much influence Harriet had and that certain words and stories can have so much meaning and power behind them that the outcome can be unbelievable.