Thought for the Day:
“You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, then you find out who they really are.”
~ Joss Whedon ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Janice Hardy has a guest post for Writers in the Storm HERE that will show you 5 Ways Your Story Hurts Your Novel, and she give you some good ways to fix the problems.
I can’t get enough good information about writing the dreaded synopsis. HERE Courtney Carpenter has a great article in Writer’s Digest, Learn How to Write a Synopsis Like a Pro.
Josh Sippie has a must-read article HERE in The Writer called The Power of First Lines in Fiction. His examples are terrific.
We are in the teeth of a very big storm here. This is actually a good thing. We are in a drought that is, according to the experts, the worst in over 1200 years. It has felt like it. I am personally very grateful for any rain we get. We had rain a couple times earlier this week, and now we are having rain that is expected to last for about 48 hours and may drop as much as five inches, giving a particular kind of truth to that old saying, “It never rains but it pours.” In continuing good news, my daughter Maggie is in town, and my daughter Sara, my granddaughter Gracie, and I got to see Maggie and some very talented friends in concert last night at the Sierra Repertory Theatre in Columbia, California, a terrifically cute little town in the foothills of the Sierra Madres. It was a Joanie Mitchell tribute concert. Some years ago, Maggie recorded an album that was a cover of Joanie Mitchell’s Blue album. It is called Another Shade of Blue, and it was the basis for the concert, although they added some other songs and told some interesting stories. If you click on the album title you can sample some of her music. The audience had a lot of people my age (I’m 75) who were big Joanie Mitchell fans. We had a great time.
I don’t read a lot of graphic novels. They just aren’t as interesting to me as other novels. That said, I pay attention when I read reviews. I saw some reviews of Kyle’s Little Sister by BonHyung Jeong on Always in the Middle and Completely Full Bookshelf that made me think I might like it. I was able to snag a review copy for the Manhattan Book Review. I did like the book, but I didn’t love it. Maybe it’s just the format that doesn’t work for me. Still, I can see how it would garner a lot of middle-grade readers and is an excellent way to appeal to reluctant readers. Here is the review I wrote for MBR.
Grace, a quiet girl who likes gaming, is starting middle school and will be in the same school as her older brother, Kyle, a popular, athletic, and outgoing boy. Grace has lived in her brother’s shadow before, and she doesn’t like how it feels. She will be “Kyle’s little sister” again, and everyone will wonder why she isn’t as good at everything as he is. To make things worse, Grace has a falling out with her two friends, Jay and Amy. While sitting alone at lunch, Cam, a popular but mean girl, disses Amy and befriends Grace. Grace is surprised, but likes having a popular friend. Cam asks a lot of questions about Kyle, and Grace wonders if she has more of an agenda than just being friends. There is no drama like middle-school drama, and this book is filled with it.
Author and illustrator BonHyung Jeong seems to have a perfect understanding of both sibling rivalry and middle-school drama. Her characters are very realistic in their actions toward and reactions to the other kids in school and to friends and siblings outside of school. Kids will like this nicely illustrated graphic novel. It is great for reluctant readers.
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