Category Archives: Eminent

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.

Eminent Library Experience

Hello everyone! I had so much fun at the library! How about everyone else? The book store was crazy. I was pretty sure I was going to walk into something. I got some really good photos, especially of the library. So as I said in the comments of my last post, I am going to include connections between my word and Harriet Adams.

Oops, think I walked into Joanna at this point…
Look what I found!
I found you… hehe…
Pretty leaves!
“I like big books and I cannot lie”
You’re surrounded….


Oh look, there are my feet…
I want to be a spy!
Music scores at the library! Can we have this in Coquitlam? Please?
I loved these books as a kid. I think my sister and I had bowls and mugs with these characters on them at one point…..
I wonder what’s behind the door? The door itself looks like a safe.

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If Joanna had sent me her photos, I could have all the matching photos and this wouldn’t look so weird…. Go to to see if she has her photos up that match.
Officially one of the best book stores I’ve ever seen!


The book stacks looked unstable… It was a little un-nerving….

Well  that is how my word connects to my person. Yeah… I don’t know. I’m actually really looking forward to writing my speech. I think it will be really fun and an interesting challenge. This will definitely be harder than writing as an unknown observer that had no personal connections. Luckily I have a sister so I can kind of imagine what sisters sound like. It helps that my best friends are twins and are sisters to each other. I get an unbiased viewing of many arguments and conversations without being part of them myself…. Yay!



Taking photos today really got me excited for photography class. I loved trying to get all the different angles, focus points and colour schemes. I really wish I had had a better camera than just the one on my phone because you can’t play with the focus points. I think I officially have something new to save for….









I am a little sad that I could only find one book on Harriet Adams and I don’t even know how much help it will be. Thank goodness for the internet or I’d be in a bit of a predicament for research.

I can only imagine the internet crashing a week or two before Night of the Notables. How many people would be doomed? I sure would be.





This little expedition was really fun. I sure hope that we all can do something like this again. I’m so glad it was a beautiful day. Can you imagine if it had been raining? I’m sure we would all have still had a bunch of fun… we would just also be kind of wet…. Hmmm solitude spot in the rain…..


Time to compile all the rest of my photos…. I really need to learn some formatting for mass picture addition…. Maybe later… Please excuse the explosion and disorganized clumps and enjoy the photos. Bye!


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Eminent Person

It has started! I have no idea whether I should jump up and down and clap my hands or run away and hide in my room for the next month. Hopefully, the latter will not be necessary. Moving on…. I have decided to do Harriet Adams as my Eminent Person.

Harriet Adams  is most known for her work on the Nancy Drew Series which she wrote under the name Caroline Keene. She also wrote some Hardy Boys books under the name Franklin W. Dixon. She was a huge part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. This was a book packager started by her dad, Edward Statemeyer, which she took over when he died in 1930. She had a sister named Edna Squier and she married a man named Russell Vroom Adams with whom she had four kids.

While completing the eminent person project, I hope to find inspiration and ideas for my own books and stories. One of Harriet’s stories or part of her life may spark ideas for me or possibly help me to find what type of genre is my strength and what genre fits me. This will help me to complete my IEP goal of finishing my novel.