Writing Activities with Kids 1

Writing Activities with Kids

Keep writing activities in front of the kids in your lives to reinforce the skills over the summer break just the same as you do with reading and math. These three skills cross subject matter regardless of the grade they are stepping into in the fall. Here are a few fun, imaginative ideas to pout into your bag of tricks. Design a cereal box complete with cover art, list of ingredients, a game or activity section and a recipe that includes the invented cereal. Provide a journal (any size that will interest ‘your student’). Add a fancy pen and send...

It’s All in Your (My) Head 0

It’s All in Your (My) Head

Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head.   Gore Vidal That feels true to me.  My stories build up in my mind, crowding out everyday thoughts. I think of the mass of characters I’ve invented as real beings. They must be real; they have names, personalities, quirks, and boyfriends as well as moments of joy and disappointment. I talk with friends, including my imaginary characters and come close to sending them birthday cards each year. Then I remember they don’t age; they are perpetually the age I leave them when my books end. Sometimes I wonder what...

Unpublished Snippets from 84 Ribbons -Spam and An Empty Garage 1

Unpublished Snippets from 84 Ribbons -Spam and An Empty Garage

When I cleaned out my files, I found several unused story ideas from 84 Ribbons, book one in my ballet trilogy. Here’s one of them. More to follow this month. Spam and An Empty Garage One of the greatest opportunities in my life came when I was four. I learned to dance. My family didn’t have money for extras, but they found a way to scrape enough together for me to take dance lessons. I think those savings came in the shape of canned Spam which we ate once or twice a week. I hated the clear gooey fat that...

June’s Random Drawing 2

June’s Random Drawing

Congratulations to Nicki Chen, the winner of my random drawing among people who wrote reviews for Tasman-An Innocent Convict’s Struggle for Freedom. Nicki is a PNW historical fiction writer, the author of Tiger Tail Soup. She’s a board member of EPIC Group Writers, an organization that supports writers and authors, participates in a writing group, and is an accomplished visual artist. Thanks, Nicki, for taking the time to write a review of Tasman. I appreciate your kind words. And, as they say, “the VISA card is in the mail.”   Looking ahead: Win a $20 VISA card. Write a review...

Social Media Adventures 0

Social Media Adventures

Remember Win a $20 VISA card. Write a review of Tasman- An Innocent Convict’s Struggle for Freedom. Post it on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook and be entered for a random drawing held quarterly in 2018 with the next drawing NEXT week. Details on the door hangers and on www.tasman/

10 Word Book Reviews 0

10 Word Book Reviews

Question: Can anyone write meaning-filled,10-word reviews? The  shares several brief, positive reviews, including these 4: **Swan Stories: Fairy Tales Retold – edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling        Stories like chips: you can’t stop after one. Good selection. **In Real Life by Cory Doctorow      Morals exist online and off; both define you. Graphic, powerful.  **The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden      Gorgeous Russian folklore blends with superstition, magic, and horror. Magnificent. **Real is the Word They Use to Contain Us: Poems by Noah Wareness      Haunting poems, stories regarding the effects of Velveteen Rabbit’s realness.   My answer: Here...

Interviewing Author Laura Moe 1

Interviewing Author Laura Moe

  I met Laura Moe when I became part of EPIC, a writing support group for authors around the area. She’s an organized, friendly YA author that has written an amazing current-day story everyone interested in teens will enjoy reading. Here’s part of her personal ‘story’. Enjoy getting to know Laura. Paddy Tell us about yourself. Ack! I’m not that interesting! My idea of a wild party is curling with a good book. What attracted you to teach and write for teens? The bulk of my teaching career I worked with high school aged students. They look like adults, yet...

Summer Reads for Women – 2018 1

Summer Reads for Women – 2018 Recently PBS has compiled a list of 100 popular books from readers across the USA. It makes a good starting point for summer reading. With the process of requesting the titles, PBS gives you a chance to vote every day between now and the coming fall for titles you found worth reading. Join in the fun; copy their top 100 and read away! The following are partial lists of mostly new books. You might also want to check the New York Times and other newspaper and magazine book lists. Amazon list Beach House books by Mary Alice Munroe ...

Poetry for a Summery Day 0

Poetry for a Summery Day

Here are a few summer poems by teens I found online. Enjoy a young perspective. As Time Passes Me By  © Alice G.  Published: June 2014 The butterflies are floating through the air. The grass is green, and the trees are tall. As the wind whistles through my hair, I let life pass me by. As time ticks and the clock goes by, the flowers grow taller as life passes me by. And I dream of floating right on by. But now it’s time to stop dreaming, and wake up to a hot summer day. Bliss Of Summer  © Judith...

Your Favorite Genres List 0

Your Favorite Genres List

Here are the results of what people had to say about their favorite genres. Anyone surprised??