About Me

jacqui murrayHi all!

My name is Jacqui Murray. I’ve been a teacher for thirty years, fifteen at the college level teaching business and the last fifteen as a K-8 technology teacher both in a traditional classroom and online. I have a Bachelors in Russian, in Economics and a Masters in Business. I believe in education and use every bit of what I’ve learned to thrive in today’s world.

Lately–the past fifteen years, I’ve considered myself a writer (I’m still teaching–I hate being bored). I wrote a book called Building a Midshipman about how my daughter got into the Naval Academy. It’s more than a personal journey, it’s a how-to for every high school student interested in acceptance to an Ivy league college. I edited a series of nine computer workbooks for grades K-8. all available on Amazon.com or through the publisher, and then I wrote a passel of books and ebooks on how to integrate technology into the K-8 classroom. I also write tech columns for TeachHUB and a variety of other tech-in-ed ezines.

That’s my geek side. My real passion is fiction–thrillers, action, that sort of novel. I won the Southern California Writers Conference’s Outstanding Fiction Award for my upcoming scientific fiction thriller, To Hunt a Sub. Reviewers called it ‘strongly written’ with ‘interesting and unique plot hooks’. It will be available this summer–soon!–and I hope you’ll try it out.

I’m also working on a prehistoric novel, Lucy: Story of Man and the sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days. Its protagonist is the USS Bunker Hill, one of America’s most capable warships in the fleet with more weapons than any other ship in the fleet.

I love writing–always have–so this blog will cover writing topics, with brief forays into other things. If you know writers, dogswe’re intrigued by everything around us. Life is full of characters, plot lines, unique settings, and we want to experience it all. I have two other blogs. One Ask a Tech Teacher, technology tips and tricks to accompany the books I write. One USNA or Bust–a how-to in getting accepted to the Naval Academy and what life is like if you do. T

I live in California with my husband and beautiful Labrador, Casey. I spend as much time as possible with my Naval Officer daughter and my Army Signal Corps son. They are my passion. You can contact me by visiting the Contact Me page.

–Casey© Please don’t use image without permission

96 thoughts on “About Me

    • I am honored, Annika. I’m amidst a huge non-fic project as well as planning my summer professional development classes. I’m going to try to participate, but I apologize if I can’t. I’m going a bit crazy over here in California!

      I’m glad to be (finally) home from my road trip. I loved it, but everything takes longer when I’m not in front of my home computer.

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  3. I have been searching for a website like this one. I used to write all the time before I had kids. I am now trying to get back into it, but it seems my brain was wiped clean at the birth of my last child. This website looks to very insightful and hopefully it will jump start my sleeping brain. Thank you!!

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  4. Lovely blog with well written and interesting posts. Great to know you have a very close family connecting with the Navy and the Army. I too am an ex-Army man🙂
    Regards!

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  5. Hi Jacqui! I’m breathless after reading all of the things you have been doing throughout your life. You are an inspiration to many, including myself.🙂 Cheers!

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  6. I’m going to take time to read all of the information that you posted for writers. I love to write, draw, teach and learn. I’m so glad that I ran into your page. Thanks for sharing! Lori

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  7. Hi Jacqui,

    I enjoyed reading your ‘about’ section, and look forward to exploring more of your blog.

    Your prehistoric novel sounds interesting. Have you completed it?

    You have Labradors; I have Dachshunds. We have both gone to the dogs. 🙂

    Kate

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    • I love reading ‘about’ bloggers also. they always include such fascinating details. I’m taking a ‘fix your blog’ course and they’re encouraging me to make the ‘about’ less about me and more about my writing. I’m not sure that’s correct for a lot of writer blogs. Maybe for business blogs…

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  8. Thank you sooo much for liking my post “Remember: Try to see the bright side”. I would love to hear your input. What did you like about it? I’ve been following you for a while, and it’s actually a bit intimidating (and exciting) to know that you’ve read something of mine.
    Again, thank you!

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    • I think a lot of people feel the way you do about writing. The joy of getting what’s only a glimmer in the brain onto a sheet of paper, and have people nod and smile–that’s an amazing feeling.

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  9. Hi Jacqui,
    I would like to nominate you to participate in a Writing Process Blog Meme.
    If you accept my nomination, you will need to write an article prompted by the following four questions and post it on your blog on Monday, April 21, 2014. You’ll also nominate three writers of your choice to post their articles on their blogs on April 28, 2014. The four questions:
    What am I working on at the moment?
    How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    Why do I write what I do?
    How does my writing process work?
    I’d be honored if you would accept this nomination. Please let me know ASAP so that I can feature your blog in my post on April 14, 2014. And I apologize that this is somewhat last minute – took me a while to figure out how to do this.
    Thank you,
    Shari Pratt

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  10. Thank you friends for sharing the article is quite interesting, hopefully we all get that true happiness rays began to warm our hearts and make the heart glad, when we can share with each other sincerely. Lots of love from Gede Prama🙂🙂

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  11. This is a wonderful read. I appreciate to meet you. Fancy first being inspired, doing the book re your daughter getting in – very interesting!

    You are well accomplished. I admire you🙂

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    • With as hard as agents say they work to publish the handful of books that get out into stores, no wonder they reject so many great books. They just don’t have time. Well–we have time. We’ll do it for them!

      Love the concept of your book. I hope it’s doing well for you.

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  12. Beatiful site , beautiful words thank you for wonderwordworld .Useful and clear explanations , lovely tips and also free …You are the one of an idealist & honest , naive person ,I think . I will follow your beautiful site , passionately.I don’t have a web or blog and I want to send my wife’s blog adress below , bye Turkish by ; Güle güle . Means ” go with joy.”

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  13. Hi Cynthia

    Thanks for your kind words. Most of what I share are situations I found myself in and what the solutions were. It amazes me how much there is to say.

    I visited your site. It’s darling. I love the animated dog gifs. I’m sorry to say, but I don’t accept outside reviews. I do those through my publisher, Amazon Vine and several outside agents. I’m pretty limited in what else I can accept. There are several websites that do take books for review you might check out. If you can’t come up with any, comment back and I’ll look around for you.

    Thanks for thinking of me and I wish you the best of luck.

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  14. Hi,

    I’ve been reading your blog for the past hour. It is filled with helpful tips and information. I also have learned that you are an amazon reviewer, teach kids, and love dogs!

    I am the author of a fiction fantasy series about dogs written for ages 7-11 and would like to know if you would accept a copy of my book, Angel in a Fur Coat, for a review.

    It’s a fun easy read about angels trading their wings and halos for fur coats and bones to be born on earth as dogs but first they must learn what it means to be a dog so they go to school. They learn about various dog breeds and different dog jobs and when they graduate they get their fur coat and are born on earth to find the person they were made for. The stroy is told through the eyes of one special little angel whose everlasting dream is to be a person’s best friend. The book is titled: Angel in a Fur Coat.
    My website is http://www.Gooberella.com and email is Xia@Gooberella.com

    thanks,
    Cynthia

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  15. Hi Jacqui,
    Wow I’m really impressed. We have somewhat similar backgrounds although I haven’t accomplished nearly as much. I have a business degree (MBA, U of Chicago) and some experience in teaching most recently two years in China teaching finance at a University. I am also interested in using technology for teaching and developed what I consider a brilliant approach using multimedia in the classroom with an avatar that interacts with both the teacher and the class. Unfortunately due in part to my limited marketing skills the concept never got off the ground.
    Now I am writing a Science Fiction novel, Mankind’s End, and fear that I have done some of the things you suggest will turn off readers. It is a long and complicated story and although I try and make the characters interesting and have a good hook, will it be the end of mankind?, I’m going to try and rethink parts that may be a bit too long.
    I read your short article on scribd but now that I’m at your website I’m a bit overwhelmed by all that is here.
    I do have most of my book posted on authonomy (www.authonomy.com) which is a great site for novelists. I’d suggest you try it yourself but not sure if you have time.
    One other thing: Instead of a yellow lab I have a black and white Border Collie/Retriever mix.
    I’ve posted a number of stories about him, Toppy, in a collection called Tales from the Top which is on scribd and can be found under my pen name dloganw.
    Best,
    David

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  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Anna Of Alaska. I post upon request, for the most part. At work, there are times when the mood or the topic of conversation, inspires me to tell some tale of my life or experiences. Since you said I should write more, I’d be happy to do so. What would you like to know about my life? I’ll see what I can put together for a new post.

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments. Your interview was very interesting. Characters can be just as challenging as any friends or enemies in the real world and just as demanding. Best of luck with all your desires.

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    • I’ve been reading through your entries in Anna of Alaska. What a life! I can’t say I’d survive, but I’m enjoying it vicariously through you. I’m a completely domesticated human–could not survive without my ac, my heater, my mechanical devices to ‘skin the bear’ for me. But in my dreams, when I don’t have arthritis and headaches, I’m up there with you, hiking the short three miles to your neighbor’s house.

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  17. You mention in the Fifth Grade Technology* workbook that there is an available teaching module the accompanies the workbook for purchase. I can’t find this module anywhere. Where can I purchase this?

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    • I’m sorry to say, this is no longer available. With the huge number of platforms out there, it became impossible to provide step-by-step directions for all of them. Do you have a specific lesson plan you’re looking at I can assist with?

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  18. I am interested by one painting you used as an illustration for your article “How to Show (Not Tell) an Emotion–A to D”. It shows a man huddled up and the dominant colours of the background are blue, yellow and orange. Would you happen to know the name and artist of this painting? Thanks!

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