Thought for the Day:
“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.”
~ Ray Bradbury ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Lara Willard has a GREAT post HERE with 2 Words You Should Stop Deleting Right Now and 66 Overused Words.
I am a pantser, and I wonder sometimes if that’s okay. HERE Gwen Hernandez has a great post on Writer Unboxed called Losing the Plot: Writing by the Seat of Your Pants.
Do you need to ramp up the conflict in your story? HERE Becca Puglosi has a guest post on Anne R. Allen’s blog with great suggestions for more conflict.
I listened when the doctor told me my immune system would be compromised by the treatments I was getting, but I don’t think I realized just how careful I should be. This week I came down with a bad cough, took a Covid test, and, yup, I had it! Ack! I got in touch with my doctor, and she prescribed the new anti-viral medication. It truly is a miracle drug. I am much better already and feel like I’m going to come through this latest setback just fine. So now I am going to be staying home as much as possible, using N95 masks if I have to go somewhere, and being much more careful. Lesson learned. That nasty stuff is still out there. Be careful everyone.
I don’t choose a lot of advice kinds of books, but I liked the title of How to Take the GROAN Out of Grown-Ups (and Get Along!) by Eric Braun and illustrated by Steve Mark. I guess it was the play on words that caught my attention when I saw it on the review list for the San Francisco Book Review. I hope this book gets a wide readership. Sure, it’s great for the young readers, but parents would do well to read it and teachers could certainly use it in the classroom for great discussion starters. Here is the review I wrote for SFBR.
Most kids have plenty of adults in their lives. Sometimes they are easy to get along with, but sometimes it seems to be the most difficult thing in the world. So if a middle-grader could find a nice book chock-full of good advice about dealing with adults, that would be a real gift. And if the book had a friendly tone and used lots of humor and a ton of fun illustrations, that would be even better. And then, if none of it came across as being preachy, well, that would be almost too much to hope for, but this is that book.
Author Eric Braun keeps everything light while still being on target the whole way through. He does this while discussing some pretty serious topics, things that might make readers uncomfortable, but in this case, he avoids that discomfort. His advice is sound, including lots of ideas about how to have difficult conversations with parents, teachers, and other adults as well as good examples of what one might expect in terms of responses. Illustrator Steve Mark has filled the pages with super-fun, cartoonish drawings that will engage readers. This is a winner.
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