Thought for the Day:
“When I’m writing, I like to seal everything off and face the wall, not to look outside the window. The only way out is through the sentences.”
~ E. L. Doctorow ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
We all make mistakes. Writer’s Digest has a good article HERE that will show you The Five Biggest Fiction Mistakes (& How to Fix Them).
James Scott Bell wrote a terrific post HERE on Writers Helping Writers called Synopsis Writing Made Easy. He has wonderful examples.
Rejection comes with the writerly territory. The post HERE from Bob Hostetler will help you learn from the experience.
I am astonished by how much humor is out there to help us keep going. Every week I find funny memes I have to share. This one is my favorite of the week. It made me laugh out loud. I hope you enjoy it as well. I just wrote my whole post, and for some reason, it disappeared. It’s not in drafts or any other place. So here I go again. I actually made two submissions this week after working on revisions. So maybe there is a light at the end of my personal tunnel. I hope to do a bit more of that this week. Fingers crossed. I also got out a jigsaw puzzle. Greg Pattridge mentioned in his comment on last week’s post that he was doing a jigsaw puzzle. My favorite puzzles are made by White Mountain Puzzles, but they aren’t shipping right now because they are way behind on their orders. I guess Greg and I aren’t the only ones doing puzzles! The good news is I have more than a dozen in my closet, some still in the original shrink-wrap. This week, I did a 1000-piece puzzle of Washington D.C. Actually a 999 piece puzzle. As you can see, there is a glaring white spot just to the left of the Washington Monument about halfway up. That is where the piece I can’t find anywhere belongs. I choose to believe my little dog, Mason, might have been looking for a little roughage. That’s a better story than me simply losing it. The sound you hear is the gnashing of my teeth.
Last week I offered a gently-read ARC of Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin. And the winner this time is Susan Uhlig. Congratulations, Susan! I will get the book out to you as soon as I can. I’m not leaving my house, so I have to wait until my daughter is willing to go to the post office. If y’all don’t know Susan, she is a children’s writer, and you can learn more about her at her site HERE. She has lots of useful content, so check it out. For the rest of you, I have another fun book to giveaway this week, so please keep reading.
A while back, I did a review of a book called This Book Thinks You’re an Artist. I really liked it. If you want to read my review of it, check it out HERE. When I saw another book in the series, This Book Thinks You’re an Inventor by Jon Milton and illustrated by Harriet Russell, up for review from the San Francisco Book Review, I grabbed it. Here is the review I wrote for them.
A lot of elementary and middle school students have a lack of confidence in their abilities in the STEM areas. This book opens with a fun quiz to find out what kind of an inventor one is, acting on the assumption that anyone can invent and opening the door to kids who might not otherwise be willing to try inventive activities. This is followed by some ways to get inventive thinking happening and six sections: “Amazing Materials,” “Transportation and Machines,” “At Home,” “AI and Robots,” “Buildings,” and “Helping People and the Planet.” Each of these sections has three to five activities to encourage inventive thinking and get youngsters creating. There are cute illustrations by Harriet Russell that enhance the activities. This is a workbook with lots of room to write and draw printed on heavy stock paper to handle any kind of pens, markers, or paint kids want to use. This book is a great addition to the series, which also has books on being a scientist, a math genius, and an artist. The writing is fun, the illustrations support the text well, and creativity will be unleashed in the youngster lucky enough to get this book.
I have a gently-read copy of this book 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. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.