Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Since my last post i've:

  • read half of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
  • read a blog suggesting reading 365 short stories a year.  as of today since I didn't start on january first i am on 9/76.  I haven't missed a day yet. I started with Show us your Short Shorts, A collection of the top 25 stories submitted to Writer's Digest's short short story competition.  I chose this because i've submitted there before and wanted to see what was winning. 
  • i've written and revised four short stories which will be posted on Fictionpress.com. The link is located at the bottom of this page.  The first story has been posted.  November's will be posted in, well, November.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016

Since my last post: 
I have read the following

The Seven Tales of Trinket by Shelley Moore Thomas Dan Craig (Illustrator)

            This was an incredible journey for all ages.  It is an epic journey like the Hobbit but written at a level that all ages will find pleasure and not strain reading.  This tale incorporates many mythical creatures from Irish, Welsh, and Celtic folklore.  This could be a fun read aloud book for a class, a good bedtime book for older listeners, a great read together book for a family, or even a wonderful book to curl up and read by yourself.

Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy

            I was captivated by her raw storytelling.  This was a breeze to read while still being informative.  The language may be harsh for some readers but considering the content and the emotions it’s completely understandable.  I would definitely read another book of hers on any topic regardless of the contents connection to me. 

The jacket by Andrew Clements

A wonderful story where the young boy gets to be his own hero.  While he talks to adults Phil draws his on conclusions and decides for himself what is right and wrong.  A beautiful story which shows how racism is still prominent.  one may think this is a story of the 1970's but it isn't.  This battle of racism is from the early 2000s.  a wonderful book for both read alouds in a classroom or family or a great independent read. 

Don't You Know There's a War On?
by Avi

Another wonderful book by AVI.  AVI was one of my first favorite authors as a kid.  Still as an adult the writing is captivating and the style is always used to progress a story. In this book time was marked by events that happened that day in history.  While a day may have multiple chapters the chapters were grouped in a way what let readers connect with history.  A beautiful story of young love.

The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney (Devon Delaney #1)

An adorable exploration of the world of a pre-teen. In a world where a stray hair can ruin one's whole week a young girl must grapple with numerous problems she has created for herself. She is forced to navigate the middle school watters not even sure who she is. I love how the author made a reader feel the emotional roller coaster of the teen regardless of the readers age.



I have worked on the following
I have written recipies, continuing fiction, and editorial pieces for The Heartland News
I’m working on the following

I am getting ready to revise Novembers NaNoWriMo piece and considering starting something new for this November