The great poet, Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) wrote: "The notion of emptiness generates passion," . When I first came across this line, many years ago, it occurred to me that the word "notion" is most significant. "Notion" means that you've had a taste, a vision, an inkling, a snippet of something -- enough to alert you to its possibilities and whet your appetite for more. Adkins, a most passionate man, added his thoughts to the mission of the iNK team,which I'm sharing with you:
"Many of you know I'm involved in a kind of crusade: Deus volt! I'm part of the Nonfiction
Minute, a series of tales from history and science written by some high-octane fact-writers
to persuade kids that reading nonfiction beats magic, superheroes, and romance by
a country mile.
"We have a formidable roster of science, art, and history writers. All of us sweat
bullets as we boil down the best stories in the world (the real ones) to 400 plain
words, no more. We've got one of the best and meanest editor who ever rode a blue
pencil. She keeps us short and honest. We also audio record each nonfiction squib,
which we find encourages readers to follow along.
"Teachers love us for grabbing reluctant readers with mind-candy reality and for
astonishing students accustomed to lexicon-limited, committee-controlled textbook
prose. We're excited about this.
"Help us out. Turn on the nearest kid to the NFM, and jog the first teacher you see.
Browse the NFMs, themselves, and suggest more subjects. Celebrate reality! It's more
than the nightly news."
If you like the taste of us, maybe you'd like to see and hear us speak. Join the Spring Fling on March 20. Here's the link to register. Scroll down to find us on Track 3. We say that we'll answer questions on the Minute you read but you can test us to see if we're the read deal. Ask us a question about any Minute or even any book we've each written. Once you write something you own it forever!