Values storying is...

...passing down values from one generation to the next through the stories we tell and re-tell

From a Writer’s Perspective

With writer and speaker Al Ainsworth

Goodies with Granny

Goodies with Granny Granny always had goodies for her grandchildren. She started with my cousin Sonny, who is six years older than me, and carried on with the four of us, who rarely missed a day visiting with her and Pop. Aside from the days when our parents were present – when we collaborated with […]

5 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Mississippi Book Festival

5 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Mississippi Book Festival The 2016 Mississippi Book Festival is coming up this Saturday, August 20. It is an all-day celebration of books and brings together those who write them and those who read them. World-renown Mississippi author John Grisham kicked off last year’s inaugural festival, which drew over 3,500 […]

Reviewing My Summer Reading

Reviewing My Summer Reading Earlier this summer, I posted a list of books that I intended to read this summer. Now that in-service days have started at my school, I suppose that the door has closed on my summer reading. For the sake of my own accountability, I have posted updates below as to how […]

Answering A Loaded Baseball Question

Questions from Students: A Loaded Baseball Question Without any further fanfare, I present the last few questions from the students who read my book as part of their children’s literature class. The last one is the loaded baseball question. First, a very thoughtful but non-loaded baseball question or three that the students asked: Why do […]

On My Journey as an Author

Questions from Students: On My Journey as an Author Has it been worth all of the time and money that you spent on this series? More yes than ever before. I wrote on one of the earlier posts in this series about a message from a baseball mom who told me that reading the Coach […]

Coach Dave’s Cast of Characters

Questions from Students: Coach Dave‘s Cast of Characters 1. Have you ever moved to a different city like the characters in the book? I have probably moved fewer times than most, and I have lived my entire life in Mississippi. However, my transition from elementary to junior high school to high school involved major changes, […]

Questions from Students: Dealing with Adults

Questions from Students: Dealing with Adults 1. What exactly is your reasoning for particularly the dads being the ones critiquing the coach? Was this a way to introduce the idea that bullying or peer pressure exists at all ages? Maybe it is because baseball offers so much time between pitches for its fans to converse. […]

Questions from Students: Platform and Perspective

Questions from Students: Platform and Perspective 1. You talk about “values storying.” Where did you get the term from, what does it mean, and how is it vital in developing novels? The term values storying is one that I created. Values storytelling may have related a little better to readers, but my background put a […]