MG books to get kids reading.

For parents struggling to get their kids to enjoy reading, these 3 books will be a godsend! From author and teacher Andrew Jennings, Vocabulary Ninja Workbook for Ages 9-10 is perfect for practice at home, building children’s confidence and developing those literacy skills taught in the classroom. With clear activities and colourful illustrations, it’s a fun wayContinue reading “MG books to get kids reading.”

Interview at TheAudiobookReview

Today I’m thrilled to share with you an interview I did with Morgan Hobbes of TheAudiobookReview (eek, my first interview! I didn’t know what to expect, but Morgan was lovely.) TheAudiobookReview is home of fantastic interviews with authors, amazing new audiobooks (and free promo codes!), and much more. Follow the link here to get theContinue reading “Interview at TheAudiobookReview”

The Realm of Possibilities and the spark that leads us there.

Today I want to find out what drives people to start a new writing project. What is it that sparks a story? Some start with a question, a what if?, as Stephen King reportedly does with many of his. Some start with an image, like C.S. Lewis’ picture of the lamp-post in the snow, whileContinue reading “The Realm of Possibilities and the spark that leads us there.”

Writing prompts to set you fizzling and end that writer’s block

While the debate over whether writer’s block actually exists or not continues, the subject of where ideas come from remains of interest to many writers (as a glance through the inspirational writers’ section of any book-store will show). I always think that, when you’re writing stories you are essentially accessing the body of experience that is outContinue reading “Writing prompts to set you fizzling and end that writer’s block”

Walden – Henry David Thoreau

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe willContinue reading “Walden – Henry David Thoreau”

Maeve Binchy on what makes a page turner

Page-turn·er  n. Informal – A very interesting, exciting, or suspenseful book, usually a novel. Today, in our writers corner is a short video clip of Maeve Binchy speaking about characterization and what makes a page turning story. I think Maeve picks up on some important points here in a nicely succinct and encouraging way. Pace is, of course,Continue reading “Maeve Binchy on what makes a page turner”

The Gleaners – Jean-François Millet & Economy – Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements ofContinue reading “The Gleaners – Jean-François Millet & Economy – Henry David Thoreau”