Thought for the Day:
“The first two, three, four weeks are wasted. I just show up in front of the computer. Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”
~ Isabel Allende ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Every year, Writer’s Digest puts out a list of the 101 Best Websites for Writers. HERE is the 2021 edition.
It has been a long time since I posted anything from Chris Eboch, but she always has good stuff. HERE on Writers on the Move, she is sharing Part 3 of a three-part series on How to Write Vivid Scenes. It has the links for Parts 1 & 2, so you can read them through in order.
There seem to be a lot of posts about first lines, opening chapters, sagging middles, but not very many about how to end your novel. Rhiannon Richardson has a good post on that topic HERE at Good Story Company.
It’s a busy sports time of year for me. Baseball playoffs are great fun to watch, and I watch all that I can. I watched most of four games yesterday. My Giants had a great first game, and then the second game not so much. I have to say, I didn’t really expect a great result with LA putting Urias on the mound. He really is a lights out pitcher, and the Giants seldom have success against him. And I don’t think our manager did a great job of managing the game, sending pitchers in from the bull pen that I don’t even know why they are in the bull pen. Can’t win ’em all. And now hockey is starting as well. I am a big fan of the Sharks and love watching the games, but I have to be careful I don’t spend all me time watching sports. There are books to read and books to write and book reviews to write and blog posts to write! So I have to be careful to do those things too.
I had read about the book Linked by Gordon Korman on other blogs, and it sounded like a really good book. When I saw it on the list of books available for review from the Manhattan Book Review, I requested it right away. Fortunately, I got my requests in early and got the book. I think this will be a great book to read aloud in the classroom and use for discussions. The issues it examines are important ones, and Korman always writes books that are compelling for kids. Here is the review I wrote for MBR.
Lincoln Rowley, a seventh grader, is popular, athletic, and full of mischief. Sometimes his mischief crosses the line, like pouring manure through the door slot of the office of the university people who discovered dinosaur poop near their town and now are digging for bones. It was a stinky thing to do, and getting caught was worse. The quiet town of Chokecherry, Colorado, is shaken when a swastika appears on the wall of the middle school. There is only one Jewish student: the daughter of one of the university professors. The school immediately institutes special holocaust instruction, but more swastikas appear. The students decide to make a paper chain with six million links to represent those lost in the holocaust. Link discovers some interesting family history, and some real twists and turns make this book riveting.
Gordon Korman speaks middle-grade in a way few authors do. This book is written from the points of view of several characters in the book, and all their voices are spot on. The story is complex, funny, serious, moving, and completely believable. It will capture young readers (and others lucky enough to find this book) and keep them engaged throughout. This is a winner.
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