Thought for the Day:
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
~ Denis Waitley ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Naming characters is fun, but it isn’t always easy. HERE is a great post from Anne R. Allen’s wonderful blog on Naming Fictional Characters: 10 Tips to Avoid Pitfalls.
This post must have been written with me in mind. It seems to have me written all over it. Royaline Sing has a very important post HERE on Fiction University on The Danger of Self-Rejection (And Tricks on How to Battle it).
Ryan Lanz at A Writer’s Path has a really good post HERE on How to Have Stronger Character Beginnings. He has excellent examples.
We certainly seem to be finally turning a big corner on the pandemic. I was astonished when the CDC announced this week that in so many instances, people really don’t need to be wearing masks. I wonder if it didn’t come a little too soon and without an emphasis on the caveats that this is for those who have been vaccinated. My fear is that the anti-vaxers are the same group that are anti-maskers, and they will not respect the need to wear masks if one hasn’t been vaccinated. How can we ever get to the necessary 70% under these circumstances? I was relieved and excited that my granddaughter, Gracie, age 15, was able to get her first shot this week. I have been so worried that she has been unprotected all this time. For now, I intend to keep wearing my mask when I am out and about, and I will keep on encouraging people to be vaccinated. I hope all of you and your families are protected and stay well.
I have mentioned how fond I am of books that help emerging readers make that leap into middle-grade books. I always keep my eye open for them, and recently I saw a book on the review list for the Portland Book Review that I had to have. It is a graphic novel for emerging readers. I don’t know of any others, but I don’t know everything, so maybe there are others. Nobody Likes You, Greta Grump by Cathy Malkasian is perfectly charming and a lot of fun with some magic thrown in and is just right for those emerging readers. Here is the review I wrote for PBR.
Greta is a very obstreperous child. She throws food, is mean to just about everyone, and has exhausted her parents to the point they fall asleep at dinner. They have tried everything, including renting her every kind of pet imaginable, but she rejects them one after another. Until, that is, they bring home a turtle from the pet rental. Greta and the turtle (named Nobody) get into a shouting match, but Nobody stays right with Greta and doesn’t give any ground. Surprisingly, Greta asks him to stay. In the morning, he takes her to a rather magical land where they have some interesting and sometimes difficult travels. It’s there she discovers a lot about what makes people unhappy, including herself. But can any of this change things for Greta?
Cathy Malkasian has written a very engaging graphic novel for the youngest of middle-grade readers. The artwork is great with lots of fun details in every frame. The characters are fully formed and quirky. Greta is irreverent and smart, and Nobody is the perfect foil for her. The story is fanciful and funny with a touch of fantasy. Emerging readers and reluctant readers will especially love this book.
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