Thought for the Day:
Go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." ~Kurt Vonnegut~
Some Gifts for My Writer Friends:
I find great stuff, then don't always get it posted here in a timely manner, but I still think this is worth reading. A blogger took Gandhi's 10 Rules for Changing the World and gave them a writerly bent. Click HERE to see this.
HERE you will find a terrific post on injecting humor into your writing. We could all do a little more of that, don't you think?
Something else I meant to post long ago: A Darcy Pattison interview about her book, Start Your Novel -- Six Winning Steps Toward a Compelling Opening Line, Scene, and Chapter. Click HERE to see it!
I meant to post last week. I really did. But our grandson Gehrig was in an all-weekend baseball tournament and it took until rather late on Sunday for his team to win the championship! WooHoo! So I got home too late to post. Anyway, I promised a giveaway of Never Say Die by Will Hobbs, and I am happy to announce the winner is Kathryn Fitzmaurice! Yay for Kathryn! I know she has sons, so she probably really loves boy books. If you don't know Kathryn, she is a most amazing author of middle-grade books. I have reviewed three of her wonderful books (HERE, HERE, and HERE) and interviewed her (HERE) on my blog. She has a blog of her own that is well worth your time (HERE). Oh, and did I mention I am a HUGE FAN of her work? Great stuff. Anyway, Kathryn, I will be sending your book this week. If you didn't win, read on. There is another giveaway.
|Linda Sue Park|
Linda Sue Park and Kirby Larson! I don't mean I was in the same room with them. I sat at the same table and talked to them both for quite awhile. The Highlight's Foundation really puts on great workshops and always have top-notch people as instructors. Anyway, I have much work to do while I'm here, so I will make this short. My next post will be after the workshop and will tell some about it.
Tonight I am posting a review of a middle-grade book, The Mighty Quinn by Robyn Parnell that I wrote for the Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review a while back. I will be giving away a gently-used ARC of The Mighty Quinn. I think it is a very instructive book for writers to read. My review follows. To have a chance in the drawing for this book, just be a follower of my blog (if you aren't one, look to the right and become one) and leave an interesting comment.
“And so for the first time in a long time Quinn asked Matt a question. Giving Matt an opportunity to open his mouth was usually the last thing on Quinn’s mind.
Don't forget to check out more Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday books on Shannon Messenger's wonderful blog by clicking HERE.