Thought for the Day:
“Much of writing might be described as mental pregnancy with successive difficult deliveries.”
~ J.B. Priestley ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Anne R. Allen has a really important post HERE for all writers. Please do not miss this one, and make sure you read all the way through.
The California Writer’s Club had a talk on Saturday (via Zoom) by C. S. Lakin. If you ever get a chance to hear her or take a workshop from her, do it. She’s great. She always has good advice on her site, Live Write Thrive. HERE she will show you how Crafting Great Characters Starts and Ends with Motivation.
Janice Hardy wrote a guest post for Writers in the Storm HERE that will give you 5 Ways to Keep Your Protagonist Proactive.
I got a new computer this week — a Macbook Pro with 16 gigs of ram. There was nothing wrong with my other laptop; I just needed more memory. I am still struggling a bit getting used to it, but I do love it. The speed is great. The keyboard is a tiny bit different and has a different feel to it, so I am making more typos than usual, so if some escape me, please forgive me. I have a treat for you this week. Every year the Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational asks readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are most of the winners. There were a couple that were R rated, so I left them out. My favorites are 13 and 14, but they are all pretty clever. Enjoy!
- Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
- Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
- Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
- Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
- Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
- Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
- Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
- Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
- Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.
- Decafhalon (n): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
- Glibido: All talk and no action.
- Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
- Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web
- Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
- Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn when you discover half a worm in the fruit you’re eating
Last week I offered a gently read ARC of Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake and illustrated by Jon Klassen to one of you. This week’s winner is Danielle Hammelef. Congratulations, Danielle! I will get your book out to you soon. Danielle always shares my link for extra chances, and it often works for her. Thanks for doing that, Danielle.
I have long been a fan of Terry Lynn Johnson. When I saw a new book by her, Rescue at Lake Wild, available for review from the Portland Book Review, I was excited to claim it. I had previously read her books Dog Driven and Ice Dogs, both of which I really loved, so I always keep an eye out for her work. This book seems written for a slightly younger audience, but it has a great story and characters who are engaging, but not quite the intensity of the others I had read. That said, I thought it was perfect for that slightly younger group of middle-graders and will engage older reluctant readers. Here is the review I wrote for PBR.
Madison is twelve, but she already knows what she wants to do with her life. She will rescue wildlife, as her late grandmother had done and like her hero Jane Goodall. In fact, she is already doing it, unofficially and against her parents’ wishes, but when she and her best friends, Aaron and Jack, discover two beavers have been killed, they know there are kits still in the lodge that must be saved. Ignoring the danger, Madison swims into the lodge and makes it out with two tiny kits. The kids have to hide them from Madison’s parents and find ways to feed them. They also take it upon themselves to use their detective skills to find out who killed the beavers. The town is thinking of putting a bounty on beavers! Things are getting desperate.
Author Terry Lynn Johnson always creates brave, daring girls to people her stories, and this book is no exception. The story is very compelling, the writing terrific, and readers will root for Madison and her two friends in their mission. There is some danger, but not too much for the middle-grade set, and a good bit of adventure. This is a winner.
I have no giveaway this week since I will donate the nice hardback copy I got. Don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE. He always has links to several middle-grade reviews, and he writes reviews on his own blog two or three times a week. See you here soon!