So today is a very exciting day. NC & Beyond turns the ripe old age of one month! In only one month of life on the internets, NC & Beyond has:
- Greeted 960 visitors from all over the world – including readers from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Columbia, France, Japan, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States
- Visited with 199 readers on NC & Beyond’s birthday, September 11, 2012
- Had lovely guest posts from a Peace Corps Alumna that served in Africa and a promising Vietnamese poet. If you missed them make sure to check them out today
In reflecting on the first month, favorite posts would have to be (drum roll please . . . ):
- Planes, Trains, and Motorbikes (Thailand)
- Good Reads: Summer 2012 – Special thanks to the amazing and talented novelist J. Yinka Thomas for her continued support and encouragement as NC & Beyond finds it’s writer’s legs!
- Surprising Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
- NC People: A Teacher’s Teacher
NC & Beyond looks forward to continuing to share travel adventures from around North Carolina and the world! Don’t want to miss anything? Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, or sign up for email updates (look to your right under “Stay in Touch”) to receive posts directly to your email inbox daily or weekly. Grazie mille for reading!!!
As I spread the thank you’s around this week it would not be fitting if I did not spend a post thanking one of the greatest teachers EVER. J. spent countless hours reviewing my term papers and giving feedback — he helped me to develop both my voice as a writer and a life long love of literature.
In recent years, as I became a teacher myself he because a mentor and friend to swap stories with of the funny happenings that only another teacher would truly appreciate and offer his advice as I struggled through the first several years in the classroom.
My all time favorite piece of advice that he shared, not just with me but with all his students on the first day of class was to not be wordy in your writing, REVISE REVISE REVISE before you turned it in because he had a pile of books sitting in his office so high that it was not possible he was going to get to them all before he died. By his calculations for each student, if they only used 2 more words than necessary it would create a great and horrible impact on his goal to finish those books. So in closing, another big thank you to a teacher’s teacher (and I really really hope this was not wordy).