When it comes to entering writing contests, it’s important to remember that winning can’t be duplicated. Many children’s sports leagues contain participation awards. Writing is very different form children’s sports. Publishers and agents aren’t looking for authors who have received participation awards. They are looking for authors who can write well enough to sell books. Contests often help speed up an agents or publishers search […]
A master novelist paints his story with dynamic two-dimensional characters. The characters are woven into the story like puzzle pieces. Each is important to the final picture, but standing alone they bring no significant revelation to the final image. Two-dimensional characters are flat. They lack depth, are partially developed, and often are stereotypically inclined. But stories need two-dimensional characters. They bring the story to life, […]
Have you ever read through your manuscript only to realize the same words keep popping up like weeds in a garden? If your answer is yes, relax—we all do it. In the flurry of keystrokes, some words just appear. You didn’t want them. You don’t remember thinking them. But nevertheless, they sprout like common weeds. Your mind can often add unintentional words to your writing. […]
“I think they want us to come and find them.” That’s researcher Elizabeth Shaw’s conclusion when she and Charlie Holloway (her scientific and romantic partner) discover 35,000-year-old cave drawings of people surrounding a giant man pointing at six circles in the sky—drawings that match findings from a multitude of other ancient civilizations. The only question is who “they” are… read more here
They say the former king’s daughter, Snow White, has escaped, bless her. You hadn’t heard? It’s all up and down the street. Haven’t you even seen all those guards riding with swords clanking? After being imprisoned in one of those castle towers for 10 long years, the poor dear somehow managed to slip through that evil Queen Ravenna’s fingers and make a run for it! […]
Pictureka Kubes is a great game to play as a family. The object of the game is to find objects, from a reference card, as fast as you can on your unique Pictureka kube. My 4 and 5 year-old children did very well. They were slow at first until they got the hang of it. This was a very simple game that could be played […]
Excited to play Pictureka Kubes tonight. I will be posting a full review of it after we play it. The box says it for ages 6+. I’m going to see if my four and five year old can play it well. I will let you know!