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Tales of the Prehistoric World — Review

Thought for the Day: “A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.”~ Sidney Sheldon ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: There are a lot of articles about first lines and first pages, but not many on endings. HERE is an article from the Nelson Literary… Continue reading Tales of the Prehistoric World — Review

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The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid — Review

Thought for the Day: “Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.” ~ Marianne Moore, poet ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Dialogue can make the difference between a great book and a mediocre one. HERE Audrey Wick writes in Writers’ Digest about Using Beats to Improve Dialogue and Action in Scenes.… Continue reading The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid — Review

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Hero for the Hungry: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug — Review

Thought for the Day: “Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like paté.”~ Margaret Atwood ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I always learn something when I read an author interview. HERE Robert Lee Brower writing for Writer's Digest has an article titled… Continue reading Hero for the Hungry: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug — Review

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A River’s Gifts: The Mighty Elwha River Reborn — Review

Thought for the Day: "You sit down and you do it, and you do it, and you do it, until you have learned to do it."  ~ Ursula K. Le Guin ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Do you have a word-count problem? Is your book too long or too short? HERE is a great… Continue reading A River’s Gifts: The Mighty Elwha River Reborn — Review

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I Will Protect You — Review

Thought for the Day: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”~ Mark Twain ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Since I’m working on a picture book right now, you may see some links to good picture book articles. HERE is one from Writers’ Rumpus with 3 Ways to Pace Your Picture Book. The Writer… Continue reading I Will Protect You — Review

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Forensics for Kids — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "I’ve often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block; the problem is idea block. When I find myself frozen — whether I’m working on a brief passage in a novel or brainstorming about an entire book — it’s usually because I’m trying to shoehorn an idea into the passage… Continue reading Forensics for Kids — Review & Giveaway

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Funki Fungi — Review

Thought for the Day: "Writing a novel lets me intentionally dream while I'm still awake. I can continue yesterday's dream today, something you can't normally do in everyday life."~ Haruki Murakami ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Lady Jabberwocky has 3 Terrifying Tips on Scaring Your Readers HERE on her Write with Heart blog. I… Continue reading Funki Fungi — Review

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Atlas of Extinct Animals — Review

Thought for the Day: “That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.”~ Neil Gaiman ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Imagery is so important in writing. How much is too much? Too little? HERE Karen Cioffi has a great post with good examples on Writers on the Move called Imagery Speaks… Continue reading Atlas of Extinct Animals — Review

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How to Take the Groan Out of Grown-ups (and Get Along!) — Review & Giveaway

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.… Continue reading How to Take the Groan Out of Grown-ups (and Get Along!) — Review & Giveaway

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I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau — Review

Thought for the Day: “Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”  ~ Kurt Vonnegut ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: We… Continue reading I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau — Review