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children’s books: perseverance

What if you had a big dream but no one would give you a chance to see what you could do? I felt like that sometimes when I was little because kids wouldn’t give me a chance to play games with them because I could’t run like them. Some of my children’s books deal with the power of perseverance and setting goals. For example, Tails of Sweetbrier highlights perseverance and Charlie the Horse, setting goals.

Have you heard about a young man named Jamarion Styles? He lost most of his arms, due to a rare bacterial infection he had as a baby. But Jamarion has a great attitude and a big dream. Every day he asked kids at the local community center if he could play basketball with them. Over and over again, his request was denied. Still, Jamarion persisted. He decided he would ask the coach at his middle school if he could join the basketball team.  He continued, “I don’t need to play; I just want to be on the team.”

Jamarion’s coach, Darian Williams, said,”How could I say no to a request like that.” The coach went on to say, “Jamarion was usually the first to come to the gym and the last to leave. He soon became know as the hardest worker on the team.”

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Celebrate the small things

Hi everyone,
Another Friday is almost here. That means we can celebrate whatever we want. Be sure to stop by to see what everyone is happy about.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • My sister and brother-in-law returned safely from their vacation. They had a great time and met some nice people.
  • One of our sons made the Dean’s List. We’re so proud of him.
  • I’m still waiting for the print copy of my new children’s book, but some of you who have been kind enough to offer to review it have given it lovely comments. We’re expecting it this week.
  • We have 3 great endorsements of the new book for the back cover.  Big thank you to the people who wrote them.
  • Wilbur, our little lawn tractor woke up after his long winter’s nap and worked hard to mow the grass last weekend for the first time this year. We love Wilbur.
  • We had a freak accident last week and one of my teeth got broken,but our dentist fixed it up better than new.
  • A visit and pizza party with our younger son.
Thank you to all of you who stop by. You’re the best.
What are you celebrating this week? Wishing you a great week.
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POV-Common Mistakes

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

0e3e1fc513972cdcccbdac6802ebb6acThink of your POV character as your camera. He/She walks through the story giving you a personal glimpse of what’s happening. If your POV character can’t see it, you can’t describe it for your readers. If he can’t hear it, you can’t let your readers hear it. If your POV character doesn’t know it, you can’t tell it. You are bound to your POV character.

Character can’t see it

Suzy stood staring straight ahead. Her ex stood behind her, his arms crossed over his chest, his blue eyes scowling.

  • Problem  Unless she has a mirror in front of her, she can’t see her ex standing behind her. She wouldn’t know his arms were crossed and he was scowling.
  • Fix  Use other senses. She can smell him, she can hear him, and she can imagine what he is doing.

Character can’t hear it

Suzy walked down the dark hall. Several floors…

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Medieval Monday: Pets

Allison D. Reid

Pets are a common part of the modern lifestyle. We lavish affection on them, share pictures of them with the world, record their antics on our phones, and spend a small fortune on their care, including special food, toys, and treats. I have a house full of animals myself; three cats, two dogs, a lizard, hamster, and sizeable fish tank. Pets amuse us, soothe us, and—usually—keep our blood pressure down. They’re sweet and fun to have around. So I thought for today’s Medieval Monday I would approach the subject of pets from a medieval perspective. In a world where animals were mainly kept for food and labor, did medieval people ever keep what we would consider to be pets?

To answer the question, we must first understand that the concept of a “pet” as we know it did not really exist in the Middle Ages. The idea didn’t become a…

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Kid’s books: Heroes


Pic 1 Hattie and Elliott writing the schedule

Do you love kid’s books where the hero emerges to save the day? Do you know any real-life heroes? If you’ve heard of Riley John from Alaska, you might know why he’s being hailed as a hero. One day, Riley  John and his friend, Seth Gerrin, went out for a walk. But in an instant, they’d know why this wasn’t going to be a normal day, or an uneventful walk. Riley noticed a small boy slipped off the bridge and fell into the water.  What was Riley’s reaction?

“He flew down and I was like ‘Oh my God, that’s a really far drop. He hit a rock really hard. He then fell into the water,” Riley told Inside Edition.  “I really don’t know what I was thinking. I reacted as fast I could.”

Pic 2 Patsy Pig at the grand opening

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*illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

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Celebrate the Small Things

1d1b3-vik2b-2bsmall2bthings2b2Hi everyone,
It’s almost Friday again so the good thing is we can celebrate whatever we want. Hop on over to to see what Lexa and her blogging partners have to say. Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • One of our sons returned safely from a truck competition in Utah.
  • Lots of work was done on my new book. It should be going to the printer’s soon.
  • On a sad note, my friend’s Mom passed away. but we will celebrate the life she had, with many great accomplishments and friends who loved her. The lady who passed away was an accomplished violinist and a chemist. She had many talents.
  • My author friend, Deb Hockenberry, i shaving her first interview this week. Congratulations, Deb.

coming soon!


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