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Sacred Study Saturdays, flaming swords, and writing a novel

It’s still Preptober, with only 15 more days to go before the start of NaNoWriMo!

I’m not ready to write my novel! I need to finish researching, and this week’s portion has my favorite fantasy item that goes into my novel!

It is the end of the first week of the new Torah study cycle, Parashat Bereshit!

Since my synagogue (as most, if not all, Masorti/Conservative movement shuls now do) follows the Triennial Torah reading cycle, rather than the Annual cycle, so now it takes us three years to read the entire Torah, rather than just one.  I still sort of miss the Annual (Full) cycle, but I also admit that it is much easier to keep up with when doing other work.

This week, the Bible again, from the beginning:

October 10, 2020 –

 

page 22
 

1.41% “Genesis 2:19 recalls the famous Rabbi who carried a note in each pocket, 1 of which read:
עפר אני
I’m dust”

 
October 14, 2020 –

 

page 22
 

1.41%“Gen 2:20-25, naming, sleep, rib, and naming again: All by the man…”

 
October 15, 2020 –

 

page 22
 

1.41% “5th reading of Parashat Bereshit:
וַיְגָ֖רֶשׁ אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֑ם וַיַּשְׁכֵּן֩ מִקֶּ֨דֶם לְגַן־עֵ֜דֶן אֶת־הַכְּרֻבִ֗ים וְאֵ֨ת לַ֤הַט הַחֶ֙רֶב֙ הַמִּתְהַפֶּ֔כֶת לִשְׁמֹ֕ר אֶת־דֶּ֖רֶךְ עֵ֥ץ הַֽחַיִּֽים׃
So after banishing the man, who lived east of the garden, The Chruvim and the The Ever-Turning Flaming Sword guard the way/road to the Tree of Life.
Interesting that the commentary asserts that The Sword must have been known”

 

So, it turns out that this week contains part, a fun and interesting part, of the inspiration for my WiP.  I love it when my writing coincides with my curiosity interests, like history and languages. The struggle becomes not to get too far into the research and forget to write!

That sword is not held by any angel, person, nor Cherub, but turns on its own, and was apparently a known magical or spiritual object in the ancient Mesopotamian world. That is all I’ve been able to find about the Ever-Turning Flaming Sword, so I guess that gives me plenty of leeway for my characters to ‘find’ information about it… 

More on my continuing striving with Biblical tales next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

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

1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “sword” into Hebrew.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Hebrew word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, 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? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

struggling with my outlining

This is just a quick complaint, and I shall now return to my scene outlining!

Any encouragement is appreciated!

Shira

Dear Readers, 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? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

October, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

Great walking Wednesdays and slave pen ghost tours in DC

Since it’s October, not only is it the end of Preptober, time to prepare for NaNoWriMo, but it is also horror month, hence an appropriate time to think of ghost tours.

I actually created a Ghost Tour in DC, related to areas of downtown potentially haunted by slaves who’d been kept in chains in various locations that now host famous federal sites.

Interestingly, these tours, looking back, now seem to have laid the groundwork for my current WiP in ways I never anticipated back in 2011.

Here is what I said about it at the time:

2011-10-27 19:11:00
“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…)

I think that slavery was just too uncomfortable for people to think of as a ghost tour, maybe?

My WiP, Who By Fire, also deals intimately with slavery, and has a mystical or ghostly aspect, a strong one actually, running throughout the book.

The information for the tours, btw,  is in chapter 6 of Stayed on Freedom’s Call, still free for an honest review.

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

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

1.) Search for two different resources about the slave trade.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how they may still be relevant today,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses that information, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, 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? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

October, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Tuesday, 13th day of PrepTober: my Antagonist’s PoV

My antag is the man who legally owns both my protagonist, and is, so he believes himself to be, in love with the protagnist’s son. All this antag wants to do is to shower his love upon the hero’s son. But he really doesn’t get it!

He sees himself as helping, protecting, and wanting to take care of our hero’s son in a world that is both dangerous and also just too complicated for a Mulatto to really comprehend:

” Paternalism allocated men as not only the heads of their families but also of their slaves. They became father figures to the community as a whole, treating the slave population as a benevolent father would. These father figures did not see themselves as ruthless masters, but caring overseers who had the interests of their slaves at heart. This intricate family structure was a defining difference between women of the North and of the South; while it gave men the most power in the home, it in turn provided women agency over the slaves as their husband’s figurative children.”

 

So, it turns out that my antagonist has reason, so he and all of Southern society think, to believe that he knows and wants what is just and right for his slaves, and that they themselves do not know what is best for them.  He fits within his world, and his world view.  More on my continuing striving with my WiP next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

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

1.) Search for two different resources on slavery and paternalism, or the patriarchy.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you feel about each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses that information, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, 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? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Preptober, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Thoughtful Thursdays, almost Hoshanah Rabah (and praying for rain in the desert), and 15 minutes of WiP research prompt writing for PrepTober

So it is almost sunset, still the 5th intermediate day of Sukkot, and getting closer to the traditional day for the joyful circumnaviation of the synagogue (ok, not this year…), and the prayers for rain which I usually avoid: but now I realize that the entire world needs more fresh water. But they didn’t back in 1838 Baltimore:

Back to -Oh, no, it’s almost November! Er, NaNoWriMo!!

Here is where I am in my research for my WiP, which brings me more and more clarity as I research where various MCs might have spent their respective days, according to their various stations in life.  Where to keep all of this information is also an interesting problem, as I jot down notes by hand from books, or find websites and journal articles online.

So, now my timeline is progressing, also, as I set dates for MC births, when Ice Cream arrived in MD, and news of the first Mardi Gras parade down in New Orleans.

Some of my more interesting recent notes thus far, as I gather them via Twitter:

My MCs could have met #FrederickDouglass just before he left Baltimore, but as Frederick Bailey, still… https://twitter.com/ShiraDest/status/1313574177450926082
 
” A bigger school and new chapel were built in 1836. The new chapel is especially significant because it was not only for the use of the convent of the Oblate Sisters of Providence but was also used by Baltimore’s black Catholics.” oblatesisters.com/history #wip #WhoByFireIWill

https://twitter.com/ShiraDest/status/1314348610088251395-

 

So, it turns out that plot and character development go hand in hand, for me, with research, which I love as it fleshes out everything as I consider each subplot.  More on my continuing striving with escaped slaves and family stories next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

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

1.) Search for two different resources to show slavery related history, like slave pens, near you.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you found each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that discusses slavery or some related aspect of injustice, tells a good story, or just makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, 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? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Last day of ‘normal’ chol haMoed Sukkot 5781

October, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Preptober on an intermediate Sukkot Wednesday: Day 7 (from Edana Ülf’s NaNoWriMo 2020 Prep #7 prompt): World Building

So I just saw that there is a structure to this prep month of October, before NaNoWriMo, apparently, though I’ve still not found the origin, nor the rest of the (31, presumably) prompts (?). I’m still not sure if pushing myself to start writing my Rough Draft while I’m still outlining is a great idea, but I know that I’m getting sick of outlining, so why not?

So, like Edana, I am going to write for 15 minutes on a specific aspect of my story’s society and/or culture.


My WiP is set in 1838, mostly in Baltimore, but also will move for about 13% of the scenes (6/46 of my total scenes) down to Ann Arundel county (near Annapolis, the state capital).  Since my MCs are mostly Colored workers, slavery figures prominently in the story (especially since my protagonist is an escaped slave), but I also have to deal with differences between Baltimore City and the surrounding counties of northern MD vs those of the Chesapeake Bay, like Ann Arundel, where my protagonist, his wife, and his son, are from.  Since he was high status on the plantation from which he fled his depraved master, he does not fit in well in Baltimore, where though most Black folks are free at this time, most came from lower positions on plantations further south, and are darker skinned, so despite the relative lack of skin-color barriers (according to the author of Freedom’s Port), there is still discomfort for him, as a light-skinned man.

There is also a rising level of anti-free and anti-Black & MU sentiment among the white population of Baltimore city, since the 1831 uprising in VA, and also due to increased immigration of mostly Irish but also German immigrants, taking semi-skilled jobs that had earlier been available, like caulking, from the colored workers.  So friction is growing in this previously liberal city, and most of my characters are on the lookout for the increasing danger of being kidnapped and sold (whether free or not). 

Religiously, oops, next time…

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

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

1.) Search for two different resources on slavery in the late antebellum (last three decades before the Civil War) period.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet expanding your thoughts on the above, or a story that tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, 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? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

3rd day Chol HaMoed Sukkot, 5781

Preptober, 2020, aka: 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Moody Mondays, & good eatin’ on the Chesapeake Bay

…back in 1835, that is

Here is where I am in my simultaneous detailed outline and very rough rough draft of my WiP, set in 1838 Baltimore, with characters who mostly could not afford the lovely dishes advertised just 60 miles south, at the eatery which, for my characters, 3 years later, no longer exists in Washington City, because it had been destroyed by a mob of unemployed young white men (see The Snow Riots for more…) :

 

3275 words, today, on a 2600 word scene.  Oops!  The scene is still lacking 1/3 of what I outlined, so I’ll be creating another scene and adding it to my scene list.

 

So, it turns out that a detailed treatment written in synopsis form is not for me.  But a detailed outline as an outline, yes.

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and writing that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different references to the Snow Riots.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading, if you found a book or two you like on the topic,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet about the Snow Riots, or just a post that tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, 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? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Sukkot Chol HaMoed (Intermediate Days of Sukkot/Tabernacles) 5781

October, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Thoughtful Thursdays, and NaNoWriMo prep

Here is what I have figured out about my personal writing process thus far:

Protag, conflict, antag, play with plot ideas, pick one as the Inciting Incident

Logline

Story Spine

back cover copy

Main Plot outline

subplot outlines

then either: synopsis and rough draft,

or

rough draft and synopsis (2pg, 3pg and 7pg)

 

So, it turns out that trying to write my synopsis simply does not work, for me, until I’ve got the scenes outlined already.  I personally cannot use a synopsis as a top-down outline, but I do need a plan, with tone (via the tagline) and story throughline (via the logline and back cover copy) to get me to the scenes.  Which I do need outlined before I can write confidently.  The problem is that I like to just write, but I know from previous NaNoWriMo experiences that editing what I wrote without outlining is enough to make me give up after 3-6 revisions!  So, more planning, now!  Until next week, friends!

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and writing that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different reasons to write your own novel, either just for yourself, or for publication.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on writing in general, if you feel moved, here in the comments.

4.) Write a comment about your experiences with NaNoWriMo, or why you do not like the idea of NaNoWriMo. I’m working on a novel starting a bit earlier.  My historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill comes from my own family history.

Dear Readers, 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? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Who By Fire: I Will, current historical fantasy suspense WiP drafting starts today!!

My current Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is part of a historical cycle. I’m starting to write (as in actual words in a document!!) my rough draft today!

I’ve been thinking about setting up a blog for the novel, with each major character posting every so often, so please leave note as a comment here, if you are interested in such posts.

I’m planning to start drafting in time to finish 100k words of a 1st draft as part of NaNoWriMo, so, I’m starting early. I’m starting #WhoByFireIWill drafting on October 1st in order to have my first 50,000 words done by November 1st so that the next 50,000 words in November can make the full 100,000 word rough draft.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban fantasy 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 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 my work, NaNoWriMo, and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for 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 reasons with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) 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,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a bit of that work, tells a good story, or just starts to make a difference. I’m working on that through this blog and my #WiP: #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, 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?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Teach and Learn !

Lesson 18, Lesson 17

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

Who By Fire: I Will, current historical fantasy suspense Work In Progress

My current Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is part of a historical cycle. I’d been planning to set up a blog for the novel, with each major character posting every so often, but am not sure if there is interest. I’m planning to start drafting in time to finish 100k words of a 1st draft as part of NaNoWriMo, but I’m starting early. I’m starting #WhoByFireIWill drafting on October 1st in order to have my first 50,000 words done by November 1st so that the next 50,000 words in November can make the full 100,000 word rough draft.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban fantasy 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 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 my work, NaNoWriMo, and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for 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 reasons with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) 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,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a bit of that work, tells a good story, or just starts to make a difference. I’m working on that through this blog and my #WiP: #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, 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?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Teach and Learn !

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE