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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Writing Road Trip

Lisa Bullard

License Plate 007

Story dialogue is charged with the large task of helping to tell the story: it reveals characterization, advances the plot, and provides action.

Lisa Bullard

Next Exit: Adventure

Sometimes just a town’s name is enough to entice you. Who could drive past the exit for Last Chance, Idaho—or Hell, Michigan—or Happyland, Oklahoma—without at least contemplating how your life might be changed if you took that unexpected detour? All on their own, names tell a story. That’s why I often do an online search […]

Lisa Bullard

Swerving Over the Line

During one of my visits to see my Alabama brother’s family, we took a road trip to the Ave Maria Grotto. That’s where a Benedictine Monk named Brother Joseph Zoettl built over 125 Mini-Me versions of some of the greatest buildings of the world. Artists are often inspired by someone else’s masterpieces.  But in working […]

Lisa Bullard

Watch Where You’re Going

Riding along with my dad was like going on a Midwestern safari. Even while driving, he had an amazing knack for spotting critters as they peeked out from behind trees, perched on phone poles, or slid along the roadside. He didn’t seem to pay any attention to the makes of other cars, or billboard messages, […]

Lisa Bullard

Driving in the Dark

A while back I was at my parents’ lake cabin with my extended family. My brother’s teenagers had all brought along friends, and on Saturday we packed everyone who fell into the “thirteen to fifteen” age range off to the late movie. As the resident night owl, I volunteered to pick up the kids when […]

Lisa Bullard

Tunnel Vision

Driving through a tunnel effectively narrows our field of vision. The walls and ceiling restrict our view to only that which is inside the tunnel. It doesn’t matter if there’s a mountain parked on top of the roof, or an ocean of water being held back by the walls: when we’re inside the tunnel, those […]

Lisa Bullard

Just Another Roadside Abstraction

For this week’s writing road trip, I offer you texture. I aim for an abstract element of a realistic subject and use texture to add interest and suggest depth. —a quote that to the best of my research abilities I find attributable to artist Margaret Roseman. I liked the way the above quote spoke to […]

Lisa Bullard

Anti-Tailgating Measures

A few years ago, a country highway I regularly drive in the summer became part of a pilot program to stop tailgating. Large white dots were painted on the road, and new signs instruct drivers to keep a minimum of two dots between them and the car they’re following. Rear-end collisions are a danger on […]

Lisa Bullard

(E)motion Sickness

Most of my many school visits have been amazing, positive adventures (see my post titled “Traveling Like a Rock Star”). A few of my visits have featured minor bumps in the road. And one school visit—thank goodness, one only!—might be better described as a major traffic incident. It happened when I was still a “newbie” […]

Lisa Bullard

Focus Your Trip

When students set out to revise, a whole lot of different things will all try to grab their attention at once. Encourage them to focus their attention on a few key things each time.

Lisa Bullard

To Each Maker, Their Model

as often as I tell students that I prefer to wait until I can see the entire shape of a piece before I title it, there are always those who ask me—beg me, really—for permission to write their title first.