Thought for the Day:
“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”
~ C.S. Lewis ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
James Scott Bell at Kill Zone has something HERE to say about saying nothing. It’s interesting.
We are always being told how important our openings are. Just for fun, HERE are 25 great first lines from novels.
Alex Limberg at Ride the Pen has a list of 63 interesting writing prompts HERE.
My trip to Mendocino last week was wonderful. My granddaughter and I had a lot of fun together and my reading went fine. I didn’t drool or spit on anyone or trip over my words. I picked up my copy of the Noyo River Review with my novel excerpt in it, and my granddaughter was impressed. That was worth a lot to me. Copies can be ordered through the bookstore on the bookmark.
I had a little success this week. A poem of mine was published on Today’s Little Ditty, the wonderful poetry blog run by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. You can check it out HERE.
Last time I was here, I offered a gently-read copy of Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming to one of you. The winner this time is Patricia Tilton. Congratulations, Patricia! I will get your book out to you soon. If you don’t now Patricia, please check out her terrific blog, Children’s Books Heal HERE. Do please keep reading. I have another fun book to give away.
I ran across Road Trip with Max and his Mom by Linda Urban on the review list for San Francisco Book Review. I had read some of her other books and thought this one looked like fun, so I asked for it. It is a lot of fun and perfect for the younger middle-grade set. Here is the review I wrote for them.
Max is working a project for school based on his readings during Biography Month. His problem is he has read about seven great explorers, and he has trouble deciding which one to report on. In fact, Max has some other difficult decisions to make. His mom and dad are divorced, and his mom wants to take him to a family reunion on a weekend. But weekends are his dad’s time. Max talks things out about the trip with both his mom and his dad, and is able to figure out how to go on the trip without feeling like he’s abandoning his dad. And in preparing their scrapbook pages for the reunion, Max learns a lot about his mom that’s pretty nice. His project and the trip are also fun learning experiences.
Author Linda Urban has a deft touch with a problem many youngsters have to deal with.
The story is one that will speak to kids in second to fourth grade without talking down to them and about things that are important to them. Cute illustrations by Katie Kath scattered throughout will help to keep the youngsters eyes on the pages and pages turning.
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