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Friday, November 17, 2017

What a response! {CELEBRATE This Week: 218}

I'm glad you are here to celebrate! 

Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details hereCelebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. 

Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.

I have this belief about blogging -- really about life -- that we shouldn't make things more complicated than they need to be. I sit here torn about celebrating #EnticingWriters for another week. It feels a little haughty.

I cycle through the week and make a list of celebrations -- there are many. I sit here torn about celebrating something other than #EnticingWriters because it feels a little inauthentic.

Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers was released last week and the responses from the field have soothed my tattered writer's heart. You are so kind.

This is the hardest thing I've ever written. I wanted to write truth, but not just things that are true for me. I wanted Universal Truth. Until this week, I wondered if I hit the mark. Is it just a book full of stories or is it a book that will be a catalyst for change? 

I've been sending links of the sweet things to my parents. Andy has been following along in social media. I keep coming across these beautiful images of my words or quotes from the book and my usual response is: "I can't believe I wrote that."

When you read something written from the heart, it takes your breath away.   The stories the writer shares draw you in and lines from the text replay in your head long after you finished reading.  We often get this feeling when we read a memoir, a story, or a poem, but a professional book?  Yes, when we read Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers it took our breath away. 
Michelle's sweet opening to her interview made pushing through the draft worth it.
There are many professional development books available to learn about mastering our craft of teaching.  However, there are only a few that make a true impact -- and this is one book that weaves raw truth, research, practical ideas, and story all in one {cute} little package. 

I feel so humbled and grateful that my stories are making things different in your corner of the world. I appreciated Leigh Anne opening her corner of the world to us by sharing a story from her classroom.

This I celebrate: the hard of life is turned into something beautiful simply by sharing our stories.

Stenhouse is giving away lots of copies of Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers. Just follow along on the blog tour and leave comments on the posts for your chance at a free copy.

Blog Tour Stops from Last Week

I'm hoping you'll join in for this FB Live event!
11/18 (Sat) STENHOUSE FB LIVE at 1:30pm (CST) with Shawna Coppola and Stenhouse FB Page

Upcoming Blog Tour Stops
    11/20 (M) Mary Helen Gensch
    11/22 (W) Jen Vincent
    (November Newsletter -Write About​)

    I hope you'll take time to celebrate this week! Share your links below.


    1. Hi Ruth, so happy for you every day this week. I can't join the FB talk, but know it will be wonderful. Nathan, Barb & Carter are here for a short while, so I'm spending all the time I can with them. That's the celebration! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the grand family!

    2. Dear Ruth, I am so happy for you. I LOVE your book and am excited to be part of the blog tour. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    3. Talking to you yesterday and watching you humbly move away from the signing table as they set up Kelly Gallagher books, I was struck by your humility, your gentleness even as you signed Your Book. And rocking it in those boots. Ruth, your love permeates everything you do and spreads to everyone who knows you. Thanks for being you and being in my life.

      1. As I read this comment I am reminded of the kindness of both of you. Mentors and friends :)

    4. Ruth,
      Thank you for being you. Many writers will find celebration in their work because of you! Happy Book Launch!

    5. Sharing our stories is such an important practice. Thanks, Ruth for your presence here to encourage us. No wonder you had to share Colby's video. It was delightful!

    6. I have been enjoying the book and blog tour, and being part of the community of teachers coming together around reaching our students from hard places.

    7. I haven't had a chance to read your book, yet, nor follow the blog tour. I will. I am sincerely happy for you and you should celebrate as long as you wish. I hadn't planned to write a celebration either but thinking of all the encouragement you have given to me as a blogger, I wrote today. Thank you!

    8. I'm so excited to get this book and read it! Thank you for all you do to entice us to write each week! :-) Loved Colby's video too!

    9. So true, the hard is made better through the sharing of stories. Thanks for making space and providing encouragement to share the stories.


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