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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

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The Book of Amazing Trees — Review

Thought for the Day: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”~ Theodore Roosevelt ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I haven’t posted a synopsis helper post for a while, but HERE on Writers in the Storm, Kris Maze has a really… Continue reading The Book of Amazing Trees — Review

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A Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures — Review

Thought for the Day: “One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or ten pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing -- writing and tearing up… Continue reading A Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures — Review

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Famous Artists in History — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day:  “Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad…I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.” ~ Maya Angelou ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: HERE is a post from Linda Sue Park… Continue reading Famous Artists in History — Review & Giveaway

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day — Review

Thought for the Day: "The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”~ Junot Diaz ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I think we can all learn some things from the greats and their thoughts on writing. HERE is an article with… Continue reading Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day — Review

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Double Review & Giveaway — The Genius Under the Table & Picturing a Nation

Thought for the Day: "Do you want to do this thing? Sit down and do it. Are you not writing? Keep sitting there. Does it not feel right? Keep sitting there. Think of yourself as a monk walking the path to enlightenment. Think of yourself as a high school senior wanting to be a neurosurgeon.… Continue reading Double Review & Giveaway — The Genius Under the Table & Picturing a Nation

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The Story of the Olympic Games — Review

Thought for the Day: "Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else."~ Gloria Steinem ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: It might seem odd for me to post a link HERE to an article called 7 Steps for Writing Your Novel’s First Chapter, but… Continue reading The Story of the Olympic Games — Review

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Blood and Germs — Review

Thought for the Day: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”~ Winston Churchill ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice has a terrific post HERE that will help you Improve your Writing with These 10 Quick and Easy Tips. I particularly… Continue reading Blood and Germs — Review

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You Can Change the World — Review

Thought for the Day: “Finish what you are writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.”~ Neil Gaiman ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Writers Digest has a good article HERE that has 75 Grammar Rules for Writers. Great reminders here and clarification of some of those pesky things I can’t seem… Continue reading You Can Change the World — Review

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Voices of Young Heroes — Review

Thought for the Day: “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” ~ Bob Dylan ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Our heroes are often underdogs, especially in middle-grade fiction. Charles Yellowitz has a good… Continue reading Voices of Young Heroes — Review