The Kite and the String

The only writing guide that takes up both the stages of creative work and developing effective attitudes while progressing through them, plus strategies for learning more about the craft, The Kite and the String responds to a pressing need ...

Author: Alice Mattison

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698189911

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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A targeted and insightful guide to the stages of writing fiction and memoir without falling into common traps, while wisely navigating the writing life, from an award-winning author and longtime teacher “A book-length master class.” —The Atlantic Writing well does not result from following rules and instructions, but from a blend of spontaneity, judgment, and a wise attitude toward the work—neither despairing nor defensive, but clear-eyed, courageous, and discerning. Writers must learn to tolerate the early stages, the dreamlike and irrational states of mind, and then to move from jottings and ideas to a messy first draft, and onward into the work of revision. Understanding these stages is key. The Kite and the String urges writers to let playfulness and spontaneity breathe life into the work—letting the kite move with the winds of feeling—while still holding on to the string that will keep it from flying away. Alice Mattison attends also to the difficulties of protecting writing time, preserving solitude, finding trusted readers, and setting the right goals for publication. The only writing guide that takes up both the stages of creative work and developing effective attitudes while progressing through them, plus strategies for learning more about the craft, The Kite and the String responds to a pressing need for writing guidance at all levels.

Kite Strings of the Southern Cross

I like to yank the kite strings of fancy, the kite strings that should be dangling underneath the Southern Cross. Now that would be an impressive constellation. All stories, like rainstorms and revolutions, must begin somewhere.

Author: Laurie Gough

Publisher: Travelers' Tales

ISBN: 9781609520526

Category: Travel

Page: 400

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A passionate journey of love, discovery, and serendipity radiating from a remote Fijian beach to the far reaches of the globe. Heartwarming, funny, and wise, Laurie Gough has written a profound testament to the invaluable lessons of the road.

Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office

48 16 66 condition from a kite string , there being string accom- portions being disposed in abutting and rotating relationmodating diagonal slits through the top of each said ship to said plate member , said U - shaped channel ...

Author: United States. Patent Office


ISBN: PSU:000065836583

Category: Patents

Page: 1754

View: 603


Boys Life

In a very light breeze it wiU fly at an unusually high angle, since the lower part of the string is not dragged down by the wind. A tailless kite requires less wind and flies at a higher angle than any form of box kite.





Page: 56

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Boys' Life is the official youth magazine for the Boy Scouts of America. Published since 1911, it contains a proven mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.

Kite Strings

Rehana and I were mere spectators watching Basheer shake and tug at the thread, his head held against the cobalt blue sky, eyes squinted. I remembered feeling the gritty manjha in my hand, the crisp, papery kite with a weight of its own ...

Author: Andaleeb Wajid

Publisher: Pustak Mahal

ISBN: 9788122310832

Category: Indic fiction (English)

Page: 296

View: 241


Everyone I met in the family thought it was a strange hankering I had. To do something. What? You get married, you have children, and you manage your house. What else can you do? I was asked sceptically. I didn know. I knew Ammi and Abbu wanted to get me married. And here was Imtiaz, after the same thing too. Have you ever known what it is like to be on the brink of freedom and not taste it? Like a kite that flies in the blue skies but cannot escape because of the string that tugs it down? Who holds that string? Can the kite escape eventually? Will it have to be cut down by another ruthless kite before it can fall to the ground gracelessly? Kite Strings is the story of Mehnaz, a Muslim girl from an orthodox South Indian family where despite the trappings of education and reluctant modernity, she realises that she is not allowed to make the important decisions of her life on her own. Easy to spot is her constant tussle with her mother over what Mehnaz's priorities should be. But not so easy to understand is the constant yearning for direction in her life. As a novel of self discovery, Mehnaz encapsulates the lives of many such girls who are not even aware that they too can do something worthwhile with their lives.

The Kite Runner Study Guide

They participate in kite fighting, in which the goal is to cut another kite fliers string with your string so Amir and Hassan coat their strings in glass shards. After the kite string is cut the kite runners come in; it is their job to ...

Author: BookCaps Study Guides Staff

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 9781610429979

Category: Biography & Autobiography


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The perfect companion to Khaled Hosseini’s "The Kite Runner," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

When Chores Were Done

all year, from string wrapped around groceries and other things Ma had bought at the mercantile store. We had a ball of string as big as a Softball. I held the kite string, Murf held the extra rags for the tail, and Duck carried the ...

Author: Jerry Apps

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 9780760325520

Category: Humor

Page: 204

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The Midwest in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s was a special place-a place where parents and children worked side by side to eke out a living from the land, and neighbors stuck by each other through good times and bad. In this affectionate, insightful collection of stories, Jerry Apps takes us to that world. He relives the toughness of farm life-plowing the soil with horses, milking cows by hand, putting in long days with heavy, dangerous machinery. He shows us the lighter side too, as he peddles his father's massive rutabaga harvest and gets to know the neighbor boys-and their personal dictionary of cuss words. We meet Frank, Pinky, and Harry, three farmers whose love of music could transform an entire community; Morty, the odd loner whom only a few wild animals could understand; and Fanny, the extraordinary collie whose role on the farm was as important as that of any human being. Withing each story we see just how warm, loving, and supremely educational growing up on a farm could be, for it is here that a young child learns not only how to take the head off a chicken and drive a tractor like a grown-up, but to deal with illness, disability, and death. Resonating with poingnancy and humor, When Chores Were Done contains stories you'll want to read over and over again. Jerry Apps is a master storyteller who writes through the eyes of a child and with the wisdom of a man. Through the tales are personal, their lessons are universal.

St Nicholas

66 we a a a back of that kite is pretty thoroughly greased . he discharged it . The shaft ascended gracefully It ' ll shed water like a duck , and nothing less than on one side of the string of the kite , and descended a hail - storm ...



ISBN: PRNC:32101065274886

Category: Children's literature

Page: 494

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New York State Folklife Reader

Every weekend, kite fliers arrive at the park and split into two teams. Preparation takes about fifteen minutes as the fliers spread out an array of colorful kites on the ground to string them, tape them up, and take some test flights.

Author: Elizabeth Tucker

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617038655

Category: Social Science

Page: 282

View: 664


New York and its folklore scholars hold an important place in the history of the discipline. In New York dialogue between folklore researchers in the academy and those working in the public arena has been highly productive. In this volume, the works of New York's academic and public folklorists are presented together. Unlike some folklore anthologies, New York State Folklife Reader does not follow an organizational plan based on regions or genres. Because the New York Folklore Society has always tried to "give folklore back to the people," the editors decided to divide the edited volume into sections about life processes that all New York state residents share. The book begins with five essays on various aspects of folk cultural memory: personal, family, community, and historical processes of remembrance expressed through narrative, ritual, and other forms of folklore. Following these essays, subsequent sections explore aspects of life in New York through the lens of Play, Work, Resistance, and Food. Both the New York Folklore Society and its journal were, as society cofounder Louis Jones explained, "intended to reach not just the professional folklorists but those of the general public who were interested in the oral traditions of the State." Written in an accessible and readable style, this volume offers a glimpse into New York State's rich cultural diversity.