Thought for the Day:
“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.”
~ Ray Bradbury ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Stephen King certainly has let writers know of his disdain for adverbs. HERE is a post from Woodpecker Books telling writers Stop Using Adverbs—How This One Tip Can Transform Your Writing.
All of our manuscripts have problems. HERE Nathan Branford has a good post on how to diagnose big picture problems in your novel.
First drafts are always messy. M. L. Davis has an excellent post HERE on Uninspired Writers that will tell you How to Fix a Fractured First Draft.
Here is your meme of the week. I can relate to this one! I haven’t started a new puzzle this week, but I did order two new ones online that just arrived. Maybe this week. My daughters and I have been talking a lot about how lives will be changed after this crisis comes to an end, as it inevitably will. Will things get back to normal or will there be a new normal? My older daughter, Maggie, an actor/musician who does live shows more than anything else, worries that theatres may not open for at least another year. And yet, she will be preparing a video next week for an audition for a national tour of a Broadway show. Hmmm. Maybe things will open sooner. It seems some people are thinking optimistically about that. She also has been doing some online shows under Equity contract with some other actor/musicians. My younger daughter, Sara, will no longer go to her office five days a week. She has been working from home for the last couple months. She and her boss have talked about it, and it looks like she will go in 2 or 3 days a week. She feels like she can be just as productive from home and might be able to do her job really well with only one day a week in the office. I am beginning to venture out a little more and am actually planning a grocery shopping trip this week. The big grocery store where I usually shop has senior hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 5:00 to 7:30. I’m not a real morning person anymore, but I will try. I just want to be able to choose my own produce and there are some things I can get there, I can’t get ordering from other places. We shall see how it goes. I hope you all are doing well and staying well.
I heard from the publicist from Candlewick Press recently and requested a book called Kids Fight Plastic by Martin Dorey and illustrated by Tim Wesson. It looked like it would be fun and useful, and it is, but it’s really better than I hoped for. It explains how big and terrible is the problem of plastics, particularly in the oceans, and what it does — killing a wide variety of wildlife and contributing to the problems of climate change. It identifies many ways young people can be superheroes in the fight against plastic pollution. There are 16 major missions in the book, but each has some smaller things kids can do. The first chapter, Get to Know the Bad Stuff, will help kids learn about the different kinds of plastics and what can be recycled and what can’t. Each mission has a score that can be earned and encourages kids to earn those points. The book identifies real heroes — people who have done important work and creatures that have survived life-threatening encounters with plastics. All of this is written in very accessible, lively language young people will enjoy reading and will be engaged by. Every page has fun and interesting graphics and super-fun illustrations to keep those pages turning and those eyes busy on the pages. I recommend this book wholeheartedly. If fighting plastic pollution can be made fun and interesting, I am all for it, and that is what this book does.
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