US Education Policy – English Only or Dual Language?

The U.S. policy regarding education has had repeated pendulum swings regarding whether our children should be educated in English only or encouraged to learn in a second language early on.

New America Ed Central has done a 10-part series on this topic. This week’s part, “What do English-only laws mean for Dual Language Learners?” highlights the bipolar nature of state laws.

“In 2000, Proposition 203 passed in Arizona. Similar to California’s law, this measure repealed existing bilingual education laws,” it says. Meanwhile, “the “California Multilingual Education Act” is on the ballot in 2016. ”

However, our international competitors in North Africa, Asia and elsewhere are educating their children in their own language as well as English. This gives them a marketable advantage on the world stage of employment. “Abu Dhabi has seen a huge increase in the supply from 93 English-medium international schools five years ago to 514 last month.” according to an article in the Professionals in International Education website.

So the real question is, where should the U.S. education be? English only? Or dual or multilingual?

Bilingual English-Navajo

Bilingual English-Navajo

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The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

There’s a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) video that discusses the mental health and brain health benefits of being bilingual. This video is The benefits of a bilingual brain – Mia Nacamulli.

TED is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”. TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event; the annual conference series began in 1990.

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.

Start studying a language today. Pick a language close to your own, like Spanish if you speak English. Then select some kind of simple movie, like a children’s movie. Watch the movie in your language with subtitles in the language you want to learn. Watch it again tomorrow in the language you want to learn with English subtitles. Finally watch it a third day putting both the spoken and subtitle languages in the language you want to learn. In just three days, you might be surprised.

The Benefits of a Bilingual or Multilingual Brain

The Benefits of a Bilingual or Multilingual Brain

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Author Jodi Desautels

Hi Adele and friends. Adele, I would like to thank you for inviting me to your blog and for interviewing me today!

Name : My name is Jodi Desautels.

Where do you live? I live in a small town in Vermont.

Tell us a little about yourself (your education, family life, etc.) Let’s see. I am a wife and mother. I live in the country, where I see more four legged critters than two legged ones from my house. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in elementary education. Right now, I am a caregiver for my mother-in-law, which gives me the opportunity to write, illustrate, and create my educational site.

What is your genre? So far, I have two children’s picture books and a children’s activity book that are currently published.

When and why did you begin writing? (What inspired you to write your first book?) The first book I published, which is not published at this time, was inspired by a night I spent with my grandparents and heard rain on the tin roof for the first time. That book means quite a bit to me. It is called, “There Were Always Noises.” I hope to re-illustrate it and re-publish it some day. However, the first book that I wrote, illustrated, formatted, and published myself is “Clarinda Cloud.” That book is pretty special to me as well. (All my books are special to me in one way or another. LOL!)

What was the hardest part of writing your book? I think the hardest part of the actual writing process is either trying to decide where I want the story to go or the editing process; probably the latter. Coming up with the subject or idea is usually the easiest part.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I think I first considered myself a writer when I signed my first book. That was a cool experience!

Do you have to travel much to market your book(s)? I don’t travel much right now due to my care giving responsibilities! I hope to be able to get out more at some point!

Who designs your book covers? My covers were designed by various people:
“There Were Always Noises” (no longer in print): by publisher
“Johnny’s Adventure Makes Reading Fun”: Sarah Bowman
“Clarinda Cloud”: me
“Clarinda Cloud Activity Book”: me

What is your current project? Oh..,. that is a good question. I think I have so many projects going on that it is difficult to know which one is “the” one. I have like 5 different children’s stories that are in various drafts waiting for illustrations. (I do wish my illustrating skills were better.) THAT is what I have been working on lately. I am trying to practice illustrating, so I can start illustrating some of my other stories. I have also been working on building my educational network and expanding my educational site. (I also have a novel I have started I don’t know how many times and a YA novel that I started not long ago.)

What, if anything, are you reading now? I haven’t read a paperback book in quite a while. I am usually reading drafts or manuscripts in a PDF for my author friends or material for my blogs. Right now I am reading “Granny Irene’s Guide to the Afterlife- Revenge Part 1” by Ingrid Hall.
What books and/or authors have influenced your life most? I would say that many authors, past and present, have influenced me. Among past authors are Eve Bunting, Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, and Maurice Sendak who have influenced me. Yet, as an author, I think some of my current author friends have influenced me the most. People like Virginia Wright, Angela Harris, Sarah Bowman, and Rhonda Patton have encouraged me and supported me quite a bit. I have other writer friends who have also been among my top supporters such as Debra Cornelius and Cathy Carper. I appreciate all of them!

Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? Yes, I actually have quite a few websites. I have two main ones, which are my author site and my educational site.

Author Jodi Desautels
DUO Education (my educational site)

If you don’t mind, I would also like to give you the links to find my books:
“Johnny’s Adventure Makes Reading Fun”
“Clarinda Cloud”
“Clarinda Cloud Activity Book”

Would you be kind enough to share a little of your current work with us?
I don’t know if I consider this my “current work” or not, but this is part of one of the stories awaiting illustrations:
While waiting for the bus, she heard the birds chirping pretty songs. She saw the squirrels scampering all around. The bees were even buzzing around her mother’s flower garden. It seemed like such a cheery morning. Yet, Sarah couldn’t seem to enjoy it. Soon she could see the bus coming around the bend. She pulled her sleeves as far down around her wrists as she possibly could and tightened her hood around her face. Then, she gathered her belongings and stood ready for the bus.

Do you have anything else you would like to share with my readers? I would just like to say…that if you have a dream to write…. Then, you should write! I put it off for many years, because I didn’t have the self-esteem and self-confidence to do it. I also didn’t enjoy writing papers in school when I was younger, so thought that would impede my writing later on. Yet, now that I am friends with many authors and I have more confidence, I enjoy it! I am not afraid to try new things. I know that if I need feedback, or if I need encouragement, or if I have a question, someone will be there to help! I am a writer now! I am a published author…. And it feels so good! My younger and less confident self would have never believed it!

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Dawn Colclasure Fiction and Non-fiction Author

Name :
Dawn Colclasure

Where do you live?
Oregon, USA

Tell us a little about yourself (your education, family life, etc.)
I am a deaf burn survivor. I am the third of seven children and we have lived in many different parts of the country. For some reason or another, we were always moving from city to city or state to state. My mom just always felt the call of the road and right after we got settled into one house, she decided it was time for us to pack up and hit the road again. Because of the accident I was in that caused my burn scars, I was in the hospital a lot, and many times, it was a lonely experience. I read a lot of books and wrote a lot to pass the time. When I was able to walk, I’d go exploring through the hospital and because of this I often saw that people there were a lot worse off than me. It made me sensitive to other things that people went through, but at the same time, it made me thankful that I was not as bad off as they were. In truth, despite all the teasing and bullying I went through because of my burn scars, it could have been worse. I may not have made it out of that accident alive. It is something to be thankful for.
I am also sensitive when it comes to ghosts. I am not a true sensitive, but I have been able to see and hear ghosts. I hear them even though I am deaf! And sometimes I will know if a ghost is there or if there’s some kind of spirit activity. This is actually not unusual in my family; the paranormal is a big deal in my family! A lot of people in my family have seen ghosts and have picked up on things because of ghosts or hauntings. I once lived in a haunted house and my siblings experienced a lot of ghostly activity in the house. This is why I wrote about the paranormal. It is just something we KNOW!
Also, I am deaf because I caught spinal meningitis when I was 13 years old.

What is your genre?
For nonfiction: Paranormal, writing, parenting, poetry. For fiction: Paranormal, mystery, historical, New Adult.

When and why did you begin writing? (What inspired you to write your first book?)
I was actually encouraged to write when I was a child, around 11 years old. I was encouraged to write poetry. From there, I went on to write short stories, articles, essays and novels.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
As far as the poetry book I co-wrote with my daughter, Jennifer Wilson, Satyrs Are Cool is concerned, the hardest part was trying to write for a young audience. Being an adult writing for children, I had to remind myself that the poems had to be kid-friendly. They had to be about topics kids could relate to (like homework) and things they actually do.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I actually didn’t consider myself a writer until I got published (in my late teens), although my high school English teacher tried to convince me that I WAS a writer even if I was not published.

Do you have to travel much to market your book(s)?
No. I’m not much for traveling at the moment. Got some medical things that need attention first.

Who designs your book covers?
My 11-year-old daughter designs the covers for my children’s books, as well as for the poetry books we collaborate on. For my own poetry books, Charlotte Holley designs the covers.

What is your current project?
I am revising Book Four in The GHOST Group series, which is my middle grade paranormal mystery series. I am also wrapping up a nonfiction book on haunted cities.

What, if anything, are you reading now?

Right now I am reading The 25,000 Mile Love Story (nonfiction) by Serge Roetheli and a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by David Mack called The Persistence of Memory.

What books and/or authors have influenced your life most?
Stephen King has been a huge influence, as have Tami Hoag and Anne Rice. I also like Mary Higgins Clark and Ann Rule.

Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website
My blog

Would you be kind enough to share a little of your current work with us?
This is an unedited excerpt from Book Four of The GHOST Group, The Ghost of the Missing Hiker:

“Hang in there, kids. It shouldn’t be much farther now.”

Cassie grumbled over the words. Speak for yourself. This wasn’t exactly the hike she had been hoping for. The hike her class had arranged was at a wilderness preserve. There were beautiful flowers and fauna, as well as good bird watching. That particular hike was in a shaded area with lots of trees, not a dirt road up a mountain like this one they were on now. Nothing but dirt and rocks all around. And how was she going to have enough water for the class hike if she needed water for this hike now?

She hadn’t exactly planned on their bus breaking down on the way to the real hike.

“Look at it this way, Cass,” Trent said at her side. “At least it’s only about a mile or so.”

“Or so,” Cassie muttered. Trent may have tried to make her feel better but it didn’t work.

“Can’t we stop, please?” one girl moaned. “My feet hurt.”

“I’m tired,” another classmate, a boy, whined.

“All right, we’ll stop for a bit,” the bus driver said.

They found an area on the side of the road where a bunch of large rocks made good seats. Cassie sighed with relief when she hurried to claim one. Her feet hurt, too. She hadn’t expected the hike to bother her. She must be out of shape.

“Watch out for over there.”

Cassie looked to where the bus driver pointed. It was one part of the road where the wall of rock broke open and there was nothing but the tops of trees for a view.

“Hey, cool,” Trent said, walking over to it.

“Trent!” Cassie whispered in alarm, watching him walk over.

He ignored her and went to get a good look.

“Careful, son,” the bus driver said, holding Trent back before he could get too close to the edge. “We don’t want you falling through there.”

“I just want to look,” Trent said.

“You can look, but just be careful,” the bus driver warned.

“Got it,” Trent said.

Cassie sighed with relief as she sat back against the rock wall, relaxing again. With the bus driver keeping an eye out, maybe she didn’t have to worry about her friend.
That was until she heard him scream.

Do you have anything else you would like to share with my readers?
If you want to write in a particular genre, read as many books in that genre that you can. Learn how other authors have done it and write as often as possible. Don’t ever give up on your dreams!

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Jennifer Wilson, 11 year-old Author and Illustrator

Name :
Jennifer Wilson

Where do you live:

Tell us a little about yourself (your education, family life, etc.)

A little about me: I have four amazing friends and I have an awesome mom, a hardworking dad, a hyperactive brother and a cute little dog! I used to go to Cesar Chavez Elementary but recently I graduated so I am going to go to middle school as soon as summer is over. And I would like to mention that I do love a good horror movie!

What is your genre?

For a while I have done poetry such as Dogs Forever and Satyrs are Cool! But I also like to write fantasy!

Do you have a specific artistic style?

Actually yes, I draw manga or Anime as some call it. That’s my favorite type anyway, sometimes I don’t use it.

When and why did you begin illustrating? (What inspired you to illustrate your first book?)

My two aunts inspired me to become an illustrator while my mom inspired me to become a writer, so when I had a chance I illustrated me and Mom’s first book.

What is the hardest part of illustrating?

The hardest part of illustrating is probably drawing to the author’s descriptions and drawing it so that people can tell what it is.

When did you first consider yourself an artist?

I considered myself an artist after I became happy with my art.

Do you have help with your designs?

No I do not have help with my designs.

What have you learned in the process of illustrating that you can share with others?

That you should never give up and if you love drawing or any kind of art you shouldn’t give up just because you don’t think that you’re good enough. Just don’t give up!

What is your current project?

Right now I am working on a book called The Wolf Guardian.

Would you be kind enough to share a little of your current work with us?

The Wolf Guardian is about a young wolf named Shadow who’s childhood was ruined by an evil wolf named Scratch, but little do either know, they met by fate.

Do you see the art of an illustrator as a career?

Yes I do.

What, if anything, are you reading now?

Lately I have finished a book called A Million Little Pieces and gave it a review on my Facebook page. But now I am reading “Admit it, You’re Crazy!” By Judy Reiser.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Yes, James Frey, author of “A Million Little Pieces”. And I would like to read his other books.

What books and/or authors have influenced your life most?

My mom has influenced my life most. She is one of my favorite authors because of the amazing stories and books she writes!

Name your favorite illustrator and what it is about their work that has won your favoritism?

Definitely Vincent Van Gogh! He won my favoritism because of how everyone thought his art wasn’t good and how he still made art through the pain of his life. And how he saw things differently and painted them that way was wondrous and fascinating. He is definitely my favorite.

Do you have any advice and/or tips for other illustrators?

Like I said before, never give up! Always have an open mind to changes! And, for me, I would always think of a back story for the characters to imagine the happiness, loneliness or sadness that occurred in his/her life to give them their appearance and personalities. It works for me!

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Yes, I would like to say to buy, buy, buy books! Not just mine, I mean books with paper, not with electronics! I’m afraid that one day, we won’t have real books anymore! And that we will have only electronic books! So keep books with paper up in stores and save them for future generations!

Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

My website
Join me on Facebook

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Ivano Massari, Author of Sirion (A fantasy novel)

Name :
Ivano Massari

Where do you live?
In Wicklow County in Ireland.

Tell us a little about yourself (your education, family life, etc.)
I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Cape Town, with majors in History and Biblical Studies. I then did my teaching degree through North West University.
I met Manon, in Johannesburg, at Saint John the Baptist school where we were both teaching at the time. Four years later we got married and I adopted her beautiful daughter Gabrielle and became her very proud father.

What is your genre?
I write mostly fantasy but have also dabbled in science fiction, poetry, humour and, while working for READ Educational Trust, a number of educational books. I also wrote articles on lives of the saints for a Catholic publication. As a Learning Designer I have the opportunity to script eLearning modules.

When and why did you begin writing? (What inspired you to write your first book?)
Ever since reading The Lord of the Rings as a child, I have dreamt of writing fantasy books. I finally got around to putting pen to paper and making this dream a reality with my first fantasy book Sirion which is now available through Gypsy Shadow Publishing. Click here

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I didn’t really find the writing difficult and I enjoyed every moment of it.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve been writing for many years but I think when I joined READ Educational Trust I really thought of myself as a writer.

Do you have to travel much to market your book(s)?
No, I don’t have to travel to do any marketing.

Who designs your book covers?
My beautiful and talented wife, Manon Daniels Massari, is a freelance author and illustrator, and she designed my front cover and all the character illustrations.

What is your current project?
I’ve recently completed Memoirs of a Jobseeker, a humorous look at the job hunting situation in Ireland, which is still in the editing stage, and I am currently writing the sequel to Sirion.

What, if anything, are you reading now?
I enjoy reading non-fiction books on history, theology and education.

What books and/or authors have influenced your life most?
J.R.R. Tolkien has always been one of my favourite authors and I also enjoy reading the works of Malachi Martin and Marcel Lefebvre.

Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
No I piggyback off my wife’s Facebook page in the album Sirion.

Would you be kind enough to share a little of your current work with us?
Arvan, the sequel to Sirion, is a follow up to the first book and has some of the original characters in it, as well as many new figures. It’s really a continuation of the ongoing struggle by the inhabitants of southern Mendleburg to protect their homeland from invasion by the Druadian Empire.

Do you have anything else you would like to share with my readers?
I hope that readers of Sirion will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Rusty Trimble Author of Andrew and the Pirate Cove

Name : Rusty Trimble

Where do you live? San Diego, CA in the Clairemont Area

Tell us a little about yourself I am 42 years old (born in 71 and was born and raised in San Diego. I graduated from Clairemont High School and attended a number of community colleges as well. I am married to my wife Nickcole and two children (Andrew and Tyler). I love writing, playing softball, playing any kind of game, and spending time with my children

What is your genre? Children’s fiction and adult noir fiction

When and why did you begin writing? (What inspired you to write your first book?) My first book was titled “30 Tales of Terror” written when I was 14 in the 9th grade and inspired by The Twilight Zone and written in pencil. It was never submitted as each story was one page each and it was not really good. I misplaced it sadly as it would be fun to read nearly 30 years later. My current foray into writing was due to my son Andrew. He is Autistic and during bath times, he enjoyed me taking his toys and making little shows for him. He asked me to turn it into a book. I wrote and illustrated Andrew’s Great Train Adventure. I have written and illustrated 8 children’s books, three children’s novels, a baseball novel for all ages, and an anthology of noir short stories for adults. I then decided to pledge 50% of all my profits to causes which seek treatment for and/or research Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest is being patient. I have numerous times thought “Yes! I am done”, only to spot a typo, grammatical error, or continuity error in the story. It is critical to engage someone to proofread your work. At the same time, take the time to read your book patiently 2-3 times. The benefit is you will spot things that could be improved or even added. My last book Andrew and the Pirate Cove I read at least ten times and kept adding to the story until my proofreader and I agreed it was done. The other part is bearing down. I am working on my first adult noir novel called Tammany Hall, but I have several other book ideas that I want to work on. It gets easy to take a break to begin working on some other idea and then never get back on track. It is best to keep a “book journal” for each idea and write things down as they come to you so when you are really ready you will get a jump start on your new book.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I am not sure – I think when you are self-publishing and have not found any success with commercial publishers, you have a good deal of self-doubt about your skill since success is elusive. I think when my son Andrew told me that he loved my stories (all of my children’s books have him as the star), I felt I had “arrived” at least in some capacity.

Do you have to travel much to market your book(s)? So far not much. I have mainly used the Internet. I am planning to travel to a few independent local stores and will try Barnes and Noble as well, but since I publish (so far) through, I am not sure it will work beyond them selling my stories as eBooks.

Who designs your book covers? I am proud to say that I have done all my own illustrations for my books and the covers.

What is your current project? I am currently working on Tammany Hall. In a nutshell, the main character Steve Murak is a retired police officer, mid 40s. He wrote a best-selling true crime book on a serial killer and used the proceeds to provide financial capital for the bar Tammany Hall and the upstairs restaurant The Tenderloin (think Cheers and upstairs Melvilles for a general idea I guess). Steve is stuck in a marriage with a shrewish, verbally abusive, and unfaithful wife who is dying of cancer, his father is not much better, and he spends much of his day vegetating at Tammany Hall drinking and more or less wasting away, too depressed and languid to affect any change in his life. This all changes when a mafia don, dying of heart disease approaches him and hires him to write his biography for him. I have completed about 60 pages of the rough draft, expecting it to be about 300-400 pages long. I am also working on the second book of the Andrew Trilogy (the first being Andrew and the Pirate Cove), and am beginning to journal and storyboard a sword and sorcery story, but am only compiling ideas, not even sure if it will be for kids, teens, adults, or all audiences.

What, if anything, are you reading now? The Gold Coast and its sequel The Gate House (written 18 years later) by Nelson DeMille

What books and/or authors have influenced your life most? Nelson DeMille’s books above inspired me to write Tammany Hall, they are two of the best books I ever read. Michael Moorcock’s Elric and Corum series inspired my desires to write sword and sorcery. Jude Watson’s Last of the Jedi 10 book series were also inspiring. The late George Alec Effinger’s Marid Audran series (first of the cyberpunk novels) were also very inspiring.

Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My author site – My eBooks and my paperback of Andrew and the Pirate Cove can be purchased there.
my paperbacks are available here under my name of Rusty Trimble.

Would you be kind enough to share a little of your current work with us? Here are the first few pages of Andrew and the Pirate Cove

Andrew looked around the room and took turns alternately blinking and rubbing his eyes. He was in a small one- room flat overlooking the Thames river estuary. The room itself was relatively nondescript. There was nothing personal adorning the room such as pictures or other décor that would indicate that the home boasted a current resident.
The actual furnishings were sparse, a small cot with a dusty pillow and a blanket that had seen better days. The floor was wooden and showed evidence of a great deal of foot traffic and little if any cleaning. The walls were painted a sky blue, but had many areas where the wood behind it was completely exposed. Someone had indeed stayed here, perhaps many people had, but it hardly appeared to be a residence of someone seeking luxury.
The accoutrements of the room were of little concern to him right now however. Of utmost importance was the question of where he was. He had suffered a moment of disorientation and confusion immediately after finding himself there. In simple terms, everything spun around and suddenly he was elsewhere; though he had no idea where he had been before. There was no smoke, no fire and brimstone, or any other strange occurrence that preceded his arrival in this dwelling. He tried hard to remember where he had just been, but as hard as he tried the knowledge eluded him.
His last memory was from the day before. He had been at his elementary school with Mrs. Hobbes, his 2nd grade teacher. That was his last memory. He had been a really good boy that day and his teacher had rewarded him with a small piece of candy and marked his daily progress sheet with an “Excellent”. Excellent was the top rating that was possible, the other ones being “Good”, “Satisfactory” and “Needs improvement”. He had remembered his dad waiting for him to take him to the local aquarium for some father and son time.
That was it that was the most recent event in his life he could remember. One moment school was out and he was being greeted excitedly by his dad, the next he was standing alone in this deserted and creepy room. He looked around again for any sign that could give him some idea of how he had arrived there, but there was no evidence forthcoming.
There was a flight of stairs just off to the right which he ascended. He saw a rickety bookcase and an open window, the room was otherwise bare. He looked at the bookcase and there were a handful of tattered books, many of them covered with dust. In fact he would have to wipe a layer of filth off of almost any of them just to make out the title.
Andrew walked to the window. He looked out and saw several signs that said the word “London” on them. He knew from school that London was England’s largest city and its capital city as well. England in turn was a country in Europe and part of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom or UK was a grouping of three other countries to create one blended form of government. He had never of course been to England, but he had met a few people from there and found their slightly different way of speaking to be quite charming.
The sky above was blue; it appeared to be early afternoon. The sun shone brightly and there were a number of white, puffy clouds ornamenting the sky. He was able to see for many miles in several directions as he leaned out of the window. There were hundreds of houses and businesses as far as he could see. Most of the buildings had chimneys, both large and small plumes of smoke belched out of the majority of them. It made the air he breathed feel a bit acrid, and while it was bad manners, he spat a few times trying to clear his mouth and throat. The smoke tainted the color of the sky, but he had to confess that despite this, it was a marvelous sight and he did for a short moment forget his circumstances.
He was enthralled with the myriad of people below that were oddly dressed walking to and fro, going about their daily lives. The city itself seemed alive with activity. There were horses and carriages rambling about the town and people wearing a variety of hats that were frequently tipped off in greeting from one to another as they passed. It was all incredibly exciting.
He briefly recalled his unusual predicament, but forgot about it just as quickly and resumed looking around, his gaze finding the blue-green ocean that stretched out as far as the eye could see. There was a large dock nearby and close to forty ships of varying size nestled there. He observed more than one of them setting sail and a few vessels had already launched, having begun a journey about which he could only imagine.
Each ship he saw had a flag, some had more than one. He took some time admiring the various designs, some of them rather outlandish, perhaps being an insignia or some unknown country or an organization. He also tried to spot the infamous skull and crossbones or Jolly Roger that were synonymous with pirates. He assumed that he would glimpse at least one judging by his surroundings.

Do you have anything else you would like to share with my readers? Writing is one of the best experiences ever if you do it for enjoyment. My experience has taught me that very few writers make enough money to live off of and even fewer strike it rich. That said, while I hope to be the next best-seller, I find writing a great outlet as I have many stories in my head I enjoy telling and I have a built in audience with my friends and family. I am myself a very approachable person, so if you read this and want to correspond with me, drop me a line on facebook or email me. I love making new friends and especially aspiring writers, so I look forward to hearing from you.

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