Ready to find your voice?
There are so many reasons to reinvent your writing. What are yours?
- Do you need to reach out and talk to people through email, professional correspondence?
- Write a more compelling blog?
- Tell your story in writing?
- Pass a written exam?
- Be more creative?
Whatever your reason for wanting your writing to rise to the occasion, you'll feel at home here if you
- love to read and know how to make time for your reading habit,
- are looking to make your life more innovative and creative,
- want to find your voice and your confidence,
- know your time is precious.
About Vagabond English
I started this site, the book club, the teaching business because...
- I love working with people who love to read (and who have learned to carve out time for what matters), who are passionate, busy, creative and innovative.
- I love working with people who have a unique message, a story to tell, a reason to write and helping them find their voices.
- I love working with people from around the world, who often live their lives in multiple languages, who are often multi-lingual, multi-cultural.
The Vagabond English Book Club is an opportunity to read and discuss with book lovers all over the world. I can't think of a better way to spend my time.
I write the blog to inspire you--(and myself.) To help you take that journey from book-lover to writer. To help you find the shortest path to confidence in your voice, your story and your writing.
I can't tell you how to find more minutes in a day, but I'll remind you to think of what really matters.
And I want to welcome you to a world of books and a community of readers and writers--like you.
Who am I?
A few things you should know... some of them a bit embarrassing...
I live in France in a very small town...a village really. In our neighborhood I think there may be more sheep than people. Now that I've left Southern California, when I get stuck in traffic, it's usually because I'm stuck following a herd of sheep.
In my little family of four, we are all bilingual, bi-cultural... I make up and tell two stories a day with my children--or my co-writers. We read stacks of books and dinner is often in French and English--all at once.
I started my teaching career 15 years ago as an English and French teacher in San Jose, in California's Silicon Valley. At the time, I had no idea I'd move to France, start my own teaching business...
Before I became a teacher in (2002) I had another life. I wrote:
- Press-releases for a non-profit dance company...
- Letters to constituents from a US Senator (signed with one of those funky mechanical pens).
- Web copy, emails, and letters for a non-profit health association...
I have kept a journal every morning for nearly 20 years now. (And I have terrible handwriting.) In fact, one of my college professors invented the "Black Ribbon Award for Worst Handwriting in US Politics Class" just for me. Thank you.
I read very, very slowly. And I think this slow reading is what gave me the patience to love literature. To read a story again and again. To tackle literature in French, in Spanish.
My favorite high school hangout was the Bookworm Bookshop in my hometown of Upland, California. It's closed now, but I used to go there to meet with the other members of The Poetry Club--AKA my other two nerdy friends. I once met Ray Bradbury there. He told me he had to send his children's book to nearly 100 publishers before he succeeded. And that a writer must never, never give up. I still have a signed copy of Switch on the Night.
My mother used to have summer reading competitions--one book, one dollar. I hope she learned her lesson. I often got kicked out--of the competition and the house. "Enough reading, go outside!" Southern California in August simply can't compete with the land of Narnia...