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J.M. Varner

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With the days of international travel behind him, J. M. Varner now exercises his language skills in his English classroom and on the page. A second life as an author affords him another way to encourage his students and fans to read, write, and think independently.

Borrowing terms from noted media critic Neil Postman, Mr. Varner summarizes his ‘Philosophy of Fiction’:
“Writing a novel is a creative process of World Building and Word Weaving. Authors build worlds in our minds; these can be fantastical worlds or fictionalized variations of our own reality. By writing and rewriting, we weave these worlds into words on the page.”

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♥ Young Adult and...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Digital Me by J.M. Varner 15 49 Jan 23, 2014 09:12AM  
We ♥ YA Books! : ARR # 201. - DIGITAL ME (A Squirrel Hill High Novel) by J.M. Varner 23 39 Aug 12, 2014 09:33AM  
“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.”
William Shakespeare, Othello

“...speak to me as to thy thinking
As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughts
The worst of words...”
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“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
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“In sooth I know not why I am so sad.
It wearies me, you say it wearies you;
But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,
What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born,
I am to learn;...”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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message 4: by J.M.

J.M. Varner The cover for the second Squirrel Hill High novel, Mister Teacher Person, has been revealed!

Mister Teacher Person

More info & a teaser at: http://jmvarnerbooks.wordpress.com/books


message 3: by J.M.

J.M. Varner Another 2,500 words today in the second Squirrel Hill High novel. Loving how the plot is coming together very tightly, and how character development continues to deepen.


message 2: by J.M.

J.M. Varner 3,100 words today in the second novel of the Squirrel Hill High series. Now at 19k words and counting. What a prolific day of writing it's been. :)


message 1: by J.M.

J.M. Varner Just had a teenage reader do a pre-alpha read of the opening chapter of "Squirrel Hill High #2". The reaction: Now I'm being begged for the rest of the 15,000 words that are written so far -- gotta know what happens next!


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