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I’m A Writer With Roaring Flames In My Heart…

One of the “rules” of blogging is: “Don’t talk about yourself.”

Another “rule” is: “Let your readers know about you.”

Sometimes “rules” are dumb…

If people don’t understand anything about me as a person, how will they understand what I write in this blog?

The title of this post is my personal motto. Awhile back I posted an “interview” with myself and appended a video of Diana Krall, my favorite singer, with the song, Temptation, being an indication of those flames in my heart. That song has the flames Deep within and I thought I should give another, more obvious, example of what it means to be a writer with flames in his heart.

The video below also helps give more understanding to why I posted about the problems in educational systems and why I love to study but have always had problems with schools

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15 responses to “I’m A Writer With Roaring Flames In My Heart…

  1. Darcia Helle March 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Great song choice, Alexander! I can so relate. Our school system is a disaster, even more so now than when I was a kid. And it was bad then. I could rant on about its inadequacies for days. Our ‘one size fits all’ learning system does not work. And this standardized testing that monopolizes most of the teaching is ridiculous, at best.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai March 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Yay!! Darcia’s a Rocker and an astute judge of what’s up with education.
    Folks, ya gotta go visit her blog :-)


  3. Simone Benedict March 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Great post as always, Alexander. And, I agree with Darcia.


  4. Alexander M Zoltai March 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for that encouraging comment, Simone :-)
    Hey, folks, visit Simone’s blog


  5. Selena March 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Alexander, you made my day. Picture the grey hair flying as the video played OUTLOUD. I might be a grandma on the outside, but the rebel rule-breaker rocker enjoyed the heck out of this post. A stunning way to bring attention to the fossilized education system. And to learn that sometimes breaking the ‘rules’ is the only way to move forward.


  6. Darcia Helle March 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Selena, I love that ‘grandma on the ouside, but the rebel rule-breaker rocker’ line! We’re the new breed of grandmas, we’re still cool! Ha! :)


  7. HaleyWhitehall March 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I didn’t realize that “don’t talk about yourself” was a blogging rule. I talk about myself all the time on my blog and my about me page is quite detailed compared to many I’ve read. Not that my blog is a tell all diary of my life but I find making a personal connection with readers is necessary. I don’t want my posts on writing to come across as an English textbook. Keep sharing Alexander! I love learning your thoughts.


    • Alexander M Zoltai March 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks for that encouraging comment, Haley :-)

      That “Don’t talk about yourself” “rule” is usually followed by “Talk about what your readers want to hear”.

      So if they want to hear about you and your journey, all is well, eh?
      Hey, people, go visit Haley’s blog


  8. Jaleta Clegg March 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I could write a daily blog about the educational system. I work in a school. I’m a certified teacher and a mom of kids with special needs. We have a lot of problems with the system, but it’s much better than anything in the past. Part of the problem is in the way we train teachers. Part is that the school system is designed to produce good little factory workers, it’s an assembly line. That isn’t what children or society need anymore but education is entrenched in tradition and slow to change. We keep working towards a better system and eventually we’ll get there.


  9. Simone Benedict March 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Another point to remember in talking about the educational system in the U.S. is the schools vary greatly from school to school.

    I just read a news article about the governor of Connecticut and his educational struggles. His mother used one of his strong interests (listening to the radio) to help him learn. It seems so simple.


  10. Alexander M Zoltai October 29, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:

    After the first re-blog of today, one of the picture-links at the bottom (“related” posts) led to one I published in the early days of this blog’s career… A post that echos today’s first re-blog’s theme: Write from the heart of the story…

    However, this past post of mine is pointing to “Write from the heart of the song.”…


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