Tag Archive for Blood Mountain Preller

Teachers: Protect These Words!

 

Words matter. Words are doors to perception, feeling, insight, understanding, connection. I feel this, strongly, and the ideas in this one sign are active and important in my current work in progress, a middle-grade adventure novel, Blood Mountain. (Think of it as “Hatchet” meets “Misery” — and there’s a dog.)

More and more I’m feeling the pull and importance of the natural world. Maybe it’s because of the internet and social media and cell phones and our disconnectedness with real things. As if we’ve been cut adrift, untethered, astronauts floating in space, clawing for air . . .

 

More on this issue another time. Thank you, Michael Namingha. And in the meantime, check out the books by Robert MacFarlane and, please, this post from me back in January: “Digging Up the Lost Words.”

But before you go, say it with me: acorn, ash, buttercup, dandelion, fern, ivy, mistletoe, nectar, pasture, willow . . .

 

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writers

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Kurt Vonnegut is definitely one of my writing heroes (I have quite a few, in fact, but he’s in that top rung for me). This list is really excellent, IMO.

I particularly love number 6, because it directly relates to the survival story — tentatively titled, Blood Mountain, that I’m currently writing. Those poor kids are going to have a really rough time.