Thought for the Day:
“Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.”
~ Morihei Ueshiba, Author ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Names in writing always interest me. I could probably write a book on the names in Steinbeck’s books. He was, in my mind, the master of great literary naming. Anne R. Allen has a great post HERE on naming characters.
I was poking around the internet looking for some help for my revision with emotional tags. I ran across this very old, but very helpful post HERE on The Editor’s Blog.
I love almost everything I find on Writers Helping Writers. The post HERE on how to write introspection well is terrific.
This time of year is tough for me. Baseball season has really ramped up and my Giants are doing well enough to make things very exciting and to make me want to not miss a game. It is also hockey playoff time and my beloved Sharks are in the thick of things, doing well, and I can’t miss a minute of that. So if I disappear for a week, it probably means there were so many games on a Sunday, my day to blog, that I just didn’t get to it. Or it could mean that my head exploded from either sheer joy or crushing disappointment. Go, Sharks! Go, Giants!
Last week, I offered a gently read ARC of Shannon Hitchcock‘s lovely and important new book, One True Way, to one of you. I hate to give this one away, but it needs to be shared. This week’s winner is Nancy! Congratulations! Thanks, Nancy, for reading and commenting and (I noticed) sharing my link on Facebook for an extra chance. I will get this out to you soon. For the rest of you, funny stuff on my giveaway this week. Please keep reading.
I am a Big Nate fan. There. I confess. All that middle-grade silliness speaks to me and I simply love having a book of cartoons I can pick up and read, but it doesn’t demand much from me except to enjoy and have fun. When I found the latest Big Nate book, Big Nate Silent But Deadly by Lincoln Peirce on the review list, I snapped it right up. Here is the review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review.
Big Nate is back and the antics of this sixth-grader never seem to get old. Watching him train a new recruit to after-school detention or trying to mend the strange romance between Nate’s dog, Spitsy, and his lady love, Pickles the cat, with an REO Speedwagon song are the kinds of shenanigans one only finds in a Big Nate book. Big Nate’s followers never tire of his tomfoolery, laid out in colorful comic-strip stories several pages long each, covering a portion of a school year. This one has a bit of a focus on that know-it-all, Gina, and her sneaky, smelly fart problem. Some of the material, though, seems like the parents might get the jokes better than the kids.
Author and artist Lincoln Peirce has built such a great franchise with his Big Nate
character and all his sixth-grade friends. The writing is always snappy and funny, and the art work is about as good as cartooning can get with consistently fine characterization. Anyone in middle school or wanting to take a trip back in time to middle school will appreciate this and all the other Big Nate books.
I have a gently-read ARC for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U.S. address, and leave a comment below. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. If you are reading this in your email, please click HERE to get to my blog, then click on the title of the post, and leave a comment. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.