Thought for the Day:
“When I’m writing, I like to seal everything off and face the wall, not to look outside the window. The only way out is through the sentences.”
~ E. L. Doctorow ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
We all make mistakes. Writer’s Digest has a good article HERE that will show you The Five Biggest Fiction Mistakes (& How to Fix Them).
James Scott Bell wrote a terrific post HERE on Writers Helping Writers called Synopsis Writing Made Easy. He has wonderful examples. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2020/03/synopsis-writing-made-easy/
Rejection comes with the writerly territory. The post HERE from Bob Hostetler will help you learn from the experience.
I actually made a couple submissions this week after doing some revisions. Maybe I am seeing a little light at the end of my personal tunnel. I am amazed by all the funny stuff that is popping up to help us get through this critical time. My favorite meme of the week is this one. It made me laugh out loud and share it with a lot of people. It still makes me laugh. I hope you enjoy it as well. I also got out a jigsaw puzzle. Greg Pattridge mention in his comment that he was also working on a jigsaw puzzle. My favorite puzzles come from a company called White Mountain Puzzles. They aren’t taking any orders right now because Greg and I are not the only two doing puzzles! Fortunately, I have more than a dozen of their puzzles. This is the one I finished this week. It’s supposed to be a 1000 piece puzzle, but I seem to have lost one piece, so 999. Yeah. That glaring white spot just to the left of the Washington Monument about halfway up. Very frustrating. That sound you hear is the gnashing of my teeth. We are going to have a family reunion via Zoom later today. I’m looking forward to that. I hope you are all staying well.
Last week I offered a gently-read ARC of Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin. This week’s lucky winner is Susan Uhlig. Congratulations, Susan. I will get your book out to you soon. If you don’t know Susan, you can find out about her on her site HERE. She has a lot of good content for writers. For the rest of you, please keep reading. I have another giveaway this week.
Late in 2018, I reviewed a book called This Book Thinks You’re an Artist. You can see my review HERE. When I saw another in this series, This Book Think You’re an Inventor by Jon Milton and illustrated by Harriet Russell, I grabbed it for review for the San Francisco Book Review. Here is the review I wrote for them.
A lot of elementary and middle school students have a lack of confidence in their abilities in the STEM areas. This book opens with a fun quiz to find out what kind of an inventor one is, acting on the assumption that anyone can invent and opening the door to kids who might not otherwise be willing to try inventive activities. This is followed by some ways to get inventive thinking happening and six sections: “Amazing Materials,” “Transportation and Machines,” “At Home,” “AI and Robots,” “Buildings,” and “Helping People and the Planet.” Each of these sections has three to five activities to encourage inventive thinking and get youngsters creating. There are cute illustrations by Harriet Russell that enhance the activities. This is a workbook with lots of room to write and draw printed on heavy stock paper to handle any kind of pens, markers, or paint kids want to use. This book is a great addition to the series, which also has books on being a scientist, a math genius, and an artist. The writing is fun, the illustrations support the text well, and creativity will be unleashed in the youngster lucky enough to get this book.
I have a gently-read copy of this book for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U.S. address, and leave a comment below. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.