Monthly Archives: December 2008

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has been made a knight

Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett has been made a knight for his services to literature. I love it when writers are given recognition for all their hard work. Pratchett is most well known for his Discworld series.

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Writing Tip: Cut out the unnecessary details in your writing

Have you ever read a story where the character starts going through their day–they get up, brush their teeth, get their breakfast–lots of boring details, but nothing happens? It makes you want to put the book or manuscript down. It’s … Continue reading

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I know I haven’t been posting as frequently…

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as much. I was chosen to write a hi-lo (high interest, low vocabulary) medieval fantasy book for teens for a publisher (I’m one of three writers; we’re writing a series together). I wrote the … Continue reading

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Revision technique for writers – The Shrunken Manuscript

We writers are always looking for techniques to improve our writing and revision of that writing, and tools we can use. Darcy Patterson, writer and writing teacher, teaches a technique to revise your manuscript called The Shrunken Manuscript. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Book promotion on public transit

I’ve been seeing more and more ads, the last few years, for books–and feeling good about it. The other day when I was on the subway, I saw an ad for Tundra Books–all children’s books–with “Season’s Readings” as a slogan. … Continue reading

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Children’s book by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton will become a musical in 2009

Children’s book Simeon’s Gift , written by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton (her daughter) is being transformed into a play. The book is about Simeon, a minstrel who wants to marry Sorrel, and is convinced that to do … Continue reading

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Funny signs – a compilation

I love funny signs–especially when they’re due to typos, grammatical errors, or a misunderstanding of the language. I guess it’s the writer–and reader–in me. This video has a lot of funny signs. A few of them I didn’t find funny … Continue reading

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Help donate 8000 books to children with a click of your mouse

With just a click of your mouse you can help two teenagers buy 8000 books for underprivileged children, and help promote literacy. My Own Book is a nationwide (US) non-profit organization that gives away new books to underprivliged K-3 children … Continue reading

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