Thought for the Day:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
~ Winston Churchill ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice has a terrific post HERE that will help you Improve your Writing with These 10 Quick and Easy Tips. I particularly like #3.
This is a problem that doesn’t crop up too often, but it does crop up. I actually have a PoV character in one of my novels who becomes unconscious. Louise Harnby has a post HERE that covers 5 Ways to Unveil Action an Unconscious Viewpoint Character.
Writers know they need to be aware of the genre in which they write, but how many of us think about the sub-genre of our writing? HERE is an article from Writer’s Digest with 114 Sub-Genre Descriptions for Writers. Yup. 114! Enjoy.
It’s good to be back at it this week, although I am actually not all the way back. I don’t know what hit me, but I was so sick that I couldn’t read for five days. I couldn’t read! I don’t think I have ever gone five days without reading since I learned how. And I didn’t even read any of your blogs. I apologize for that. I didn’t read anything. That was some wicked, wicked bug. But here we are and the world keeps marching along. People are getting their shots (thank you, Uncle Joe!!!) and stores and restaurants and movie theatres are starting to open up and maybe, just maybe, we are going to get back to normal one of these days soon. Now, if we can just protect people’s right to vote. There’s always something.
When last we met, I promised a gently-read ARC of While I was Away by Waka T. Brown to one of you. The winner this time is Nancy. Congratulations, Nancy! I will be getting your book out to you as soon as I can get to the post office. Thanks for sharing my link. I appreciate it and it seems to have brought you luck.
I don’t know how this book fell off my radar. I should have posted my review months ago, but I didn’t. So today is as good a day to do it as I have. Gail Jarrow is a favorite author of mine. All her books are well worth the time to track down, and this one is no exception. Blood and Germs: The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease is a spectacular book. Anyone of any age who has an interest in history, science, the Civil War, or just great storytelling will love this wonderful book. Here is the review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review.
The American Civil War was responsible for between 600,000 and 750,000 deaths, or approximately 2% of the total US population. But the really stunning thing about it is that perhaps as many as two-thirds of those deaths did not result from war wounds but from diseases such as smallpox, measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, tuberculosis, and more.
As with all of Gail Jarrow’s wonderful books, this one is a terrific combination of science and history. This is a real eye-opener for the middle-grade set, who may think of war as some glorious undertaking. Neither army was prepared for the level of injury and disease they faced, and without the tools of modern medicine or even a basic understanding of hygiene, they really had no chance to overcome what they faced and save the lives of those fighting.
Jarrow’s storytelling techniques, beautiful writing, and impeccable research will draw in young readers and teach them a great deal without them ever realizing they’re learning. She has populated every spread with period photographs and illustrations that help to tell the story and keep youngsters engaged. This is the best Civil War book this reviewer has ever seen for this age group. Don’t miss it.
I have no giveaway this week since I will donate the nice hardback copy I got to the school. Don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.