Thought for the Day:
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Writing Forward has 42 Tips for Fiction Writers HERE. A lot of these are really good.
We all have to write author bios. It’s a tough thing to do. HERE is a good post on The Digital Reader to help you with that task.
Have you ever thought about how your setting can help define your characters? The Uninspired Writer’s blog has HERE. Check this out.
HERE is one extra link for you. My friend Darlene Jacobson asked if I would write a guest post for her blog about how I do research for my writing. It ran last week. I hope you enjoy it.
My brave and beautiful daughter Maggie battled breast cancer last year and thought she had it licked. Alas, she has been recently diagnosed with a recurrence. She will be having a double mastectomy and reconstruction the end of the month which means she won’t be able to lift anything for three months. Pretty tough for an actor who earns much of her living by waiting tables. She will be releasing a new album this month at a benefit concert in Sacramento. If you are in the area, please join us for an evening of music and fun. HERE is the link for tickets. You can hear a taste of her music HERE. If you are not in the area and are inclined to help her out, HERE is the link for a GoFundMe campaign she has set up. Share the link if you can. Thanks!
Last week I offered a gently-read copy of Lisa Williams Kline‘s wonderful book, One Week of You. This week’s winner is Danielle Hammelef. Congratulations, Danielle! I will get your book out to you this week. Danielle always shares the link to my blog all over the place for extra chances. It seems to have worked!
This week I have a book review for a really fun book in a series — The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage. I haven’t read all the books in the series, but I read an earlier one, and when I found this one, it was like going home. Here is the review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review.
The Desperado Detective Agency is still in business and looking for new cases. Of course, the search for Mo’s upstream mother is always a priority, but when they are hired to find Blackbeard’s pirate treasure, thought to carry a curse, before an interloper named Gabe can get to it. The town becomes somewhat divided during this quest. Attilla, lifelong enemy of Mo, goes to work for Gabe, and Harm’s mother, whom he hasn’t seen in years, comes to town and also works for Gabe. Spying, lying, and danger become quite commonplace in this quest. While all this is going on, Mo is busy with some solid clues that might help her find upstream mother.
For those who have read earlier books in this series, this will be a comfortable homecoming. For those who haven’t, this book stands well on its own. Author Sheila Turnage, a superb writer, has created a heartfelt story that will hold reader’s interest and make them fall in love with the town of Tupelo Landing and the characters who populate it. The story is a page-turner and a satisfying conclusion to this four-book series. Don’t miss it.
There will be no giveaway this week. I gave the nice hardbound copy I received for review to the library at my granddaughter’s charter school with a tiny budget. Check back next time. I may have a giveaway then. 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.