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Why Long Term Thinking is Crucial, on Day 17/67

               All I can think of as I schedule this is “the faith that the dark past has taught us” and the need for  far better education of various types, on this 17th Lesson Plan Day.   (Lift Every Voice and Sing)
Especially in this country.
   And remembering Toni Morrison’s admonition toni_morrison_2008-2 not to succumb to this world’s malevolence.
    I look forward to your impressions, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Who By Fire: Meet the Characters: Sally… (συναντήστε την Πρόσωπα: ‘H Sally…)

Our next character from my Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is Sally :

      "I would like to learn the Grecian language, of the Testament of Our Lord, one day."

Our quiet Sally is a free woman of great courage. She will tell us next week of why she wishes to learn Ancient Greek, rather than starting, like Hopkins, from the Beginning with Hebrew.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban portal fantasy, sub-genre of either suspense or thriller.

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?


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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Writing Process: Nonfiction vs. Novel vs. Story/Novella -when is pantsing really plotting?

  I notice that I’m seeing vast differences between my process for writing Do Better, which is a nonfiction work, and those processes for my fiction.  While I’ve always considered myself a “plotter” due to my meticulous outlining process for articles and nonfiction books (as seen in today’s earlier post, for example), and my plot outlining process for Who By Fire, I’m realizing that what I thought was “pantsing,” as I wrote Ann & Anna off the top of my head each week, was really plotting, but just in my head.   Why?

  Because the history of one of our Anna’s, maria_weems_escaping_in_male_attire_28page_220_crop29   Anna Marie Weems, is already well known.  Not to mention that: 

 
1.)   I knew the characters intimately, for Ann & Anna, because I’ve done years of research on the topic of slavery, and even dreamt of my own ancestresses escaping bondage,

 

and

2.) I know the area in which they start their escape intimately, having grown up in, and also been a tour guide, in DC and the near parts of Maryland.
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   That meant that I really only needed to imagine the scenes as they fit into a time frame that I already knew, with characters that I already knew, since I know the other protagonist very well.  Having grown up with Methodist church hymns swimming in my head from my youngest days, writing this story was like going back to a home I’d always wanted to leave, but could never really get away from, until I wrote it down in the form of Willow’s story, as she escapes with Anna.  Obviously I had to tweak the history just a little, but not too much.  It’s quite a different process from either a nonfiction book, or even my much more complex historical fantasy novel, Who By Fire, whose characters I am still getting to know, as I continue to flesh out the plot, having charted this plot & subplot scene timeline nearly two years ago.

  But I do have one note:  I will never again work on two, let alone three, different books simultaneously!

🙂

    The overall objective of this novel, Who By Fire: I Will, as part of Project Do Better,   remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

 

Action Prompts:

1.) Share some ideas you may have on how writing can help to solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

2.)   Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, Lupin, & La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) Reviews…

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

 

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Who By Fire: Meet the Hero -I.

This week, we re-introduce our hero, I. His name changes, so we leave the details of that change a mystery, for the moment:

Am I not a man?

Who by Fire: I Will is Book I of a historical fantasy trilogy.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?


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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Who By Fire: Conocer a La Mujer Secreta / Meet the Secret Lady

This week, we introduce a character Who Must Not Be Named. She speaks Spanish because she was born in Cuba:

Soy una secreta. Soy una mujer libre. Guardo mis secretos, y tambièn los de un otro.

I am a secret. I am a free woman. I keep my secrets, and also those of another.

  • Can you guess whose secret she is keeping?
  • -Shira, on behalf of our Secret Lady…

Who by Fire: I Will is Book I of a historical fantasy trilogy.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?


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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Who By Fire: Insanlar ile Sohbet Etmek: Lucy / Chat with the Characters: Lucy

Last week, we wondered why Lucy wished to learn Ottoman Turkish. She says:

I am given to understand, from our Jesuit masters, that The Turk is now master of The Holy Land. I know my place, as a slave. Yet and still, I hope one day to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and walk in the footsteps of our Lord. Thus, it seems prudent to learn the language of the masters of the land, does it not?

Our quiet Lucy is a woman of great faith. And great audacity.

Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) This novel is based in my research into my own family history. Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or to write your family‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?


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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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 La Vérité et Réconciliation par l’Empatie

(English version here…)

C’est presque le fin des Paques, donc on partage les histoires de la Liberté. J’ai creé qulqus uns avec des histoires inconnues a Washington, DC.

C’est avec le but d’aider de trouver les moyennes de nous soulager de l’histoire de l’ésclavage.

La Réconciliation ne peut venir qu’aprés la Vérité:


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  Donc, il faut connâitre la vérité.  L’histoire c’est important, et on a de l’espoire, comment cette lettre de manumission pour un esclave:

 manumission_of_slave2c_francois2c_by_auguste_chouteau2c_signed_aug._chouteau2c_henry_chouteau2c_and_t.f._smith2c_september_262c_1826  letter…

Choses a Faire pour aider l’espoir:

1.) Chercher des histoires d’esclaves ou vous habitez.

2.) Comment et ôu est que on peut trouver ces histoires ?

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Freedom (and still French) Fridays for Truth and Reconciliation via Empathy

It’s nearly the end of Passover, so share your stories of Freedom, please. I tried to incorporate some untold stories into the tours I developed in DC.

First, some suggestions for every Community College or Continuing Education campus below, that I consider part of the processes of repairing some part of the damage done by slavery:

1.) a small library or study area, for students with no quiet home,

2.) workshops given by recent local graduates, to mentor current students,
3.) an on-site nurse paid for by medicaid, and
4.) access to public transportation, such as shuttles between campuses,

Now, the tours.

Since I’ve been a bit lacking on my study of  Language this week, I must fall back on my study of tours in DC, from 2011!

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“The Ghosts of Slave Pens Past!” walking tour of DC
Join me, licensed DC Tour Guide Shira D. Jones, as we walk past places that recall the Dickensionan horrors of Victorian era jails, but with inmates whose only crime was being born to the wrong mother -a slave.

This unique Black History related tour of downtown DC will focus on places long forgotten, but which should never be forgotten. Dress for the weather and to walk!

Tours on a sliding scale.
Peace!
(This tour drew very little interest…)

My notes thus far:

Slave pens are important.
No one knew that one slave pen was where the FAA building was, and that the DC City Jail was essentially used as a free slave pen.

So, it turns out that history matters, after all: but here is a ray of hope in the form of a manumission manumission_of_slave2c_francois2c_by_auguste_chouteau2c_signed_aug._chouteau2c_henry_chouteau2c_and_t.f._smith2c_september_262c_1826  letter…

Action Items in support of   hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to locate slave pens or locations that coffles may have passed by in your area.

2.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that discusses slavery.

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B5, La Casa De Papel/Money Heist, & Lupin & Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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Who By Fire: Karakterleri ile Tanıştır: Lucy / Meet the Characters: Lucy

Our next character from my Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is Lucy :

I would like to learn the language of the Turk, one day.

Our quiet Lucy is a woman of hope. She will tell us next week of why she wishes to learn Ottoman Turkish.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban portal fantasy, sub-genre of either suspense or thriller.

Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?


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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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Who By Fire: תכירו את הדמות :Hopkins / Meet the Characters: Hopkins

Our next meeting from my Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is Hopkins :

  M. אני לומד את האלפבית העברי מחברי  

I am learning the Hebrew Alphabet from my friend M.

Our dear Hopkins is a man of very few words. 🙂

Hopkins is a Free Man of Color, eager to learn the language of the Bible, in 1838 Baltimore, and our hero’s particular friend.

I’d planned to start drafting in time to finish 100k words of a 1st draft as part of NaNoWriMo last year, but Do Better took precedence. I’m starting #WhoByFireIWill drafting again, still working out the various character voices.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban portal fantasy, sub-genre of either suspense or thriller.

I began writing this historical portal fantasy novel in June, 2020, when certain characters would not let me alone, and my ancestors seemed to demand that I write. I can add notes and questions as they arise here, if they will seem interesting to fellow writers, such as my question from 23 September, 12020: was there a public library in 1838 Baltimore, and could Jewish or Colored people use it? -Working in a way to reference a classic, like the 1001 Nights, which would have been known in 1838…

Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Tagline:

  “Forever is a very long time.”

Logline:

To save his son, a desperate escaped slave must make a choice, but the price is eternally high.

The hero (aka the Protagonist) is an escaped slave, who dreams of buying his wife Lucy’s freedom and moving North with her and their son.

His particular friend is a Free Person of Color, one of the main characters, devoutly Christian, who teaches at night, and dreams of visiting Damascus as part of his Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, before he dies.

Progressive Jewish abolitionists befriended and struggled beside members of the Black community over the years in the United States, even during the period of chattel slavery.  M. is one such man standing with both Free People of Color, like our hero’s particular teaching friend, and with slaves.

As the work evolves, I may post articles from the point of view of different characters. Let me know if you, Dear Readers, would be interested in such posts, and I shall write them for you!

Action Items in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Share your thoughts on how you plan to get started on that writing work,  perhaps with the help of a book on how to write, or as an update on your GoodReads reading,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Dear Readers, have you any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?


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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

If you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira


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