Thought for the Day:
“I like to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”
~ Stephen King ~`
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
HERE you will find a character name generator. This could save a lot of time.
Writers Helping Writers has a terrific post HERE on finding story holes. Check it out.
Sandra Havriluk has a guest post on Fiction University HERE on using the five senses in your writing. It’s worth a read.
Something very weird is going on with spacing this week. Please just ignore the wonky spacing and forgive the distraction!
Last week, I promised a gently-read copy of Dinosaur Dictionary for Kids by Bob Korpella. This week's winner is Greg Pattridge. Congratulations, Greg! If you don't know him, Greg is a Colorado middle-grade writer and teacher who blogs twice a week (I can hardly get one post done each week) at Always in the Middle and reviews middle-grade books and sometimes has giveaways. You can check out his blog HERE. Greg, I will get the book out to you this week. For the rest of you, stay tuned. I have another great giveaway this week.
Through my work for the San Francisco Book Review, I manage to get a lot of really great middle-grade novels to read. This week I'd like to tell you about The Thing About Leftovers by C. C. Payne. It's a terrific book that just came out in July. Here is the 5 -star review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review.
Fizzy is 12 years old, not an easy age, and after her parents divorce, she and Mom move to a new town — a town where she has no friends, the wrong clothes, and hateful teachers. Dad gets remarried, and he and his wife start a new family. Then Mom is marrying Keene, and they want kids. Fizzy just isn’t enough of a family. She doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere and is just a leftover. When Keene moves in everything changes. Fizzy no longer gets to cook—her real passion—can’t leave any of her stuff out, and doesn’t even get to watch TV with Mom. But Fizzy tries to be perfect and not bother anyone. The only things that keep her going are her new friends, Miyoko and Zach, her Aunt Liz, and her desire to win a cooking contest.
Don't forget to check out Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog HERE for many more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday reviews and giveaways.