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Writer's Dreamland: the good, the bad and the ugly

  Posted by From The Write Angle in From The Write Angle Blog, 02 July 2015 · 16 views

by Cat Woods

A few weeks ago, I received a message in my inbox. It came from an editor I was courting about a chapter book series. I was on my phone at the time, and the message with the first few words popped up on my screen:

What are you, a deaf mute?

A second later, another email popped up from a different editor:

You have an inflated sense of self.

I can't begin to describe the feelings that washed over me. Terror, confusion, anger...I was literally sweating and couldn't force myself to open the email to read the scathing rejections I knew were coming my way.

You see, we writers bust our butts to do things right. We work hard to balance story, plot, character, description and dialogue. We want to woo our agents, editors and public with our wonderful words. What we don't want is a rejection so hurtful we never pick up our pens again.

I rolled over and snuggled closer to Dear Hubby, thankful my nightmare was nothing more than a dream.

Ah, I know what you're thinking. I just cheated you out of a good rejection story. I started my piece with a dream, which is a huge no-no 99.9% of the time. But this dream happened to be real and since it isn't the opening scene of a novel I'm trying to pitch, I thought we could dissect it together, as I'm a huge proponent of believing my dreams.

So, long story short, I am a pretentious deaf-mute. At least according to the monsters trolling my sleep. Or am I?

Instead of letting my dream ruffle my writing feathers, I took the rejections seriously. What about my writing could possibly make me seem like a deaf mute? The answer was actually quite simple. I am a sparse writer in regards to description. I tend to favor the less is more approach and let my readers fill in the details with their own imaginations. (Personally, I feel my dream rejection would have been more solid if it had called me a blind mute, but beggars can't be choosy, and dream editors apparently aren't perfect.)

That said, I had something solid to consider before actually sending my submission out to the editor I want to woo.

That's the good part of dreams. If we stop a second to consider what our subconscious is trying to tell us, we may just learn a thing or two.

The bad part of dreams: dreams are so tempting to use in our writing because we dream every time our heads hit the pillow. Dreams are an integral part of our night life. They help us sort through problems. They lend us support and can be a huge source of inspiration. It is an easy trap to start stories with dreams, solve our MC's problems with dreams or to finish off a plot line with the whole "it was nothing more than a bad dream" solution. Readers tend to hate these devices, and for good reason. They are over-used and seldom done in a way that doesn't feel trite. Often, readers feel cheated out of a good story.

The ugly: dreams can be dream killers. Inflated sense of self. What the heck does that mean? I try to be humble. I don't like to be snobby or snotty or pretentious. And while I know that good intentions don't always work out the way we want them to and that we mere mortals tend to be really bad judges of our own characters, I'm not quite sure how to interpret this dreamy tidbit.

Inflated sense of self.

That really hurts. It rubs raw my self confidence and makes me second guess what I'm doing and why. It makes me want to stuff the submission package I've been laboring over into a huge e-file and leave it there for the cyber monkeys to steal the next time they are being naughty.

Inflated sense of self.

This terrifies me. Does it mean that my writing sucks? Or that my subconscious is begging me to quit planning a series when I'm incapable of following through? I have no idea: I was too busy sweating and trembling and being too much of a baby to open the dreammail and find out.

All I really know is that dreams have an ugly side that has nothing to do with trying to run away from a murderer and not being able to move our legs. They have the uncanny ability to make us second guess ourselves and believe things that may or may not have any truth in them.

As writers, it's ironic that our waking dreams of hitting it big can clash so painfully with our night terrors. Finding the right balance is crucial to our success--and our sanity.

So, dear readers, what writerly dreams have haunted you? How much stock do you put in your dreams, and how do you let them affect your writing? How, if ever, have you used a dream in your writing? What are your pet peeves when reading about dreams in novels?

Curious minds want to know.

Cat Woods loves to dream. In college, she kept a dream journal for her psych class and found that her subconscious is as quirky as her waking self. She also learned that her uncanny ability to change her dreams is called lucid dreaming. She'd been "changing the channel" on her nightmares since she was bit in the foot by a wolf in the second grade, and thought that doing so was normal. Alas, nothing about Cat is normal except her dream to write. For a peek into her whimsical life, you can find her at Word from the Woods or Cat 4 Kids.

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QUERY KOMBAT 2015 Final Round

  Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 01 July 2015 · 28 views





Time for the battle to the finish!!! 



After a MONTH from Round 1 to here, we've dwindled down the 250 or so submissions to the final two standing. They are Elephants Never Forget and Best(iary) Western, two AMAZING entries.

Have fun with that, judges! Both are winners, but you decide the Grand Champion! 

It's the home stretch! In the week coming up, it's all about Query Kombat wrap-up: presenting the badges to the winners of each age category, thanking the judges, and starting the Name That Judge game on Michelle's blog.


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FINAL ROUND for Query Kombat 2014!

  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 01 July 2015 · 24 views


Time for the battle to the finish!!! 


After a MONTH from Round 1 to here, we've dwindled down the 250 or so submissions to the final two standing. They are Elephants Never Forget and Best(iary) Western, two AMAZING entries.


Head on over to Michelle's blog to see the Final Round!

Have fun with that judges! Both are winners, but you decide the Grand Champion! 

It's the home stretch! In the week coming up, it's all about Query Kombat wrap-up: presenting the badges to the winners of each age category, thanking the judges, and starting the Name That Judge game on Michelle's blog.


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IWSG: Enjoying This Break

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses in The Writer Ambitious, 30 June 2015 · 31 views


Hello.

I'm writing this on Tuesday night with a little bit of red wine in me, so I don't have much energy for my normal greetings. I will say thank you to Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosts because they deserve it.

I decided at the end of May that I wanted to take a break in June. July was also on my mind, and to be honest, I'm for it. I know blogging is good to build networks etc., but it's exhausting and sometimes tedious to me. I have actually written a LOT this past month, and I feel like a lot of it is BECAUSE I haven't been blogging.

I'm also back to querying agents. One said she was drawn by my query but not hooked by my first pages, so I know if I get the same sentiments from the next couple of agents, I need to do something about those first pages...AGAIN. I have friends getting their songs on tv shows, other friends getting into the careers they want. My cousin is finally branching out and doing solo performances at churches. I'd really like to be one of the successes soon. This life of working jobs I don't love just to get by is draining my soul.

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The Beauty Of Pantsing It: The Character You Didn't Expect

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 29 June 2015 · 48 views

I've got a lot on my plate right now, but I mean that in strictly the metaphorical sense because I definitely just clean plated my breakfast. Farm eggs, man. Can't beat 'em.

The first draft of my fantasy series, GIVEN TO THE SEA, is due somewhat soon, and I also need to do an edit on my 2016 release THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, which is a rape-revenge vigilante justice contemporary. It's possible that one day I will write something where the description doesn't make people cringe a little, but don't hold your breath - that's what I keep telling my mom, anyway.

So with all this work staring me down, the coffee pot on overtime and the cats tossed outside so they can't sit on my face, I've actually been getting a lot done. The fact that it's been raining non-stop in Ohio for the past two weeks has been a big help, as my outdoor soul isn't contending with much guilt from nice breezes and warm sunshine.

All that being said, it's still work, and cranking out the words is never easy. There's always the author's biggest enemy - procrastination - staring you in the face (well hello blog post, I should write you, yes?). But what stalled me the other day was something else, something that I only have myself to blame for.

I'm a pantser, complete and total. Whenever I turn in a synopsis to agent or editor it comes with a heavy warning that some people I earmarked as survivors may actually die, and I might decide to kill those who got a reprieve in the initial concept. I also might wander down paths I didn't know existed, which is where my subplots always come from. It's a lovely thing when an organic subplot pops up, and that happened to me yesterday, in the form of a character I didn't know existed.

He had a few things to say. He's quietly masculine and made of honor, and while I only meant to give him a line or two of comfort to a stricken female, he showed up again a few chapters later and kept talking. I was like dude, what are you doing - I didn't even give you a name, so shut it. And suddenly I had to give him a name, because he kept talking to my female character and the pronouns were getting old, and once I'd given him a name I gave him a wife and a kid, and suddenly he had a subplot and possibly his creator had a little crush on him.

This is why I love being a pantser - a subplot I never intended, but neatly ties together my overall arc came about organically, nicely tied up in a cool dude with armor and a conscience.

I'll take it.

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Stuff I Learned While Editing My Third Book

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 26 June 2015 · 30 views

I'm getting set to head to Tamarack in the morning, so, though you can't tell it, I'm writing this on Friday. One of the joys of summer is time to get writing work done. This week, I've made some changes to both Harsh Prey and Kisses and Lies. No changes to the storylines or anything. For Harsh Prey, I updated the cover and back cover as well as fixing an alarming number of errors, proofreading and otherwise. It now has crazy stuff, like headers and page numbers and all the words are (I hope) spelled correctly. Kisses and Lies had but one typo that I could find and the cover was already amazing, so that didn't change, though I did change the back cover to include the blurb and a short bio. Both books now take up a lot less room, too. I changed both to single spaced, which did a couple things. First, it made the footprint of each book a lot smaller, which is pretty environmentally friendly. Second, it saved pretty heavily on print costs and I'll be able to pass the savings along to buyers.

But while I wasn't working on that stuff, I finally started this week with editing and revising Shalan #3, In the Shadow (Available around beginning of October). This process has taught me a few things. Here they are, in no particular order:

business, working, office, desk, laptop, macbook, computer, technology, writing, notebook, penI like editing on paper instead of the computer. I've never done that since the olden days when I had no choice but to write and edit on paper. Since I got a word processor program for my sexy new Commodore 64, which came complete with a dot matrix printer and no hard drive, I've done all my editing right on the computer screen. This time, however, I accidentally started doing it on paper. I say accidentally because I never would have done it if I hadn't printed out a copy so my medical consultant, the real Dr. Mathur (that will make sense when you read the book) could make corrections when I butchered the medical scenes. I went through her comments and made corrections and then, before I knew it, I was editing the whole thing on paper. I found myself moving around in the text checking continuity and tweaking the storyline in ways that would be downright difficult to do on the computer. So I think it's paper editing for me from now on.

I've come a long way as a writer. Since I did an edit of HP immediately before ITS, I realize that, while I think the first book was good, I feel like the newest book is exponentially more engaging. Part of that is because I've had three books now to flesh out Harry, Dee, and Otis, making them more three-dimensional as time has gone by, but I think it's also about just honing my voice as a writer. I hope you'll agree.

I tend to be my worst critic. That's not really news, especially to my Pepper Potts, aka Maria Delgado. She and I were texting about the new book and I said something positive about it and, even through text, I could tell she was pleasantly shocked that it wasn't another critical statement about myself.

Speaking of Pepper and Dr. Mathur, this book, more than any oth

er, reminds me that I can't do this alone. Poonam came all the way from Hershey, Pennsylvania to work with me on the medical scenes in this story. Without her, those scenes simply wouldn't have rung true. Maria reads every version of every book and, though she doesn't do a lot of editorial work, she is my own personal cheerleader. Her support is unwavering and it means the world to me.
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I can make myself cry. When I wrote the first draft of this book, it was a dark time for me. The story goes into some really tragic and scary places within human nature, But I never cried. This time, though, as I reread after having put the story away for a couple months, one scene in particular brought a tear to my eye. Harry and Dee are just as real to me as if they were flesh and bone real and when a heartbreaking thing happens to them, it breaks my heart too. Yes, I made them up and I could have written them any way I wanted. But most writers will tell you that, no, I really couldn't have. It really doesn't work that way.

And finally, I discovered--okay, I really just confirmed something I already suspected--that I would love to do this stuff full time. It's summer. I could be outside. I could be traveling. I could be making money teaching summer school. What am I doing? I'm going to be early and getting up every day and either writing, editing, or marketing. And I'm happy as a clam. I really, really hope I don't have to wait another 8 or 9 years to get to do this all the time. But I guess that's up to the book buying public.
So there they are. Six things I learned this week. That's a lot of stuff considering I only started Monday. So what did you learn this week?


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Packing Commodities for a Painless Relocation

Posted by kusumetrade in Be Informed On Joyful and Effortless Residential Shifting, 24 June 2015 · 22 views
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Plan before you decide to bunch. The properly prepared shift will surely become successful and also clean. As a result, make a move program before starting taking as well as relocating points. It is best to commit moment for those things to do. It is advisable to produce time period regarding different chores that you need to perform. You must help make prepare in their normal manner that all duties of a area should be accomplished together. Providing an area each time may de-stress your moving undertaking; additionally it will help you in getting close the merchandise to the most effective.

Remove the unmetabolised things before you start taking to get a proceed. There has to be some worthless goods in your house. Eradicate many this kind of products. This can conserve great deal of your effort. You'll be saved coming from taking the particular useless goods. When the goods are usually in doing the job ailment you'll be able to give the crooks to your pals or perhaps neighbours, or else then merely eliminate these people.

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• Wrap the things having bubble wrapper, cells cardstock or maybe various other supplies. One can use bath towel as well as bedding to be able to encapsulate items.
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• Seal the particular carton meticulously.

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How to Get Household Relocation Easier

Posted by karoyamnraajl in best packers movers, 24 June 2015 · 23 views

Residential relocation seriously isn't an excellent undertaking. This is a time-consuming and complicated process of shifting or even shifting home from location or even city to another that may pester a person negatively. It is usually the most stress filled and also complicated tasks of your life-time. It may drive that you do numerous monotonous responsibilities including packing, filling, moving, unloading, unpacking as well as puting in order regarding various products along with residence outcomes. You may even need to help to make many preparations intended for residential relocation. Truly non commercial or even home moving can be a difficult employment. However using right planning and also making use of products and services of a single associated with suitable, dependable, registered, guaranteed and also experienced packers and movers businesses of one's metropolis you are able to flip housing separation process in to easygoing and even occasion. In this article you will definately get helpful perception about how in order to de-stress new house purchase procedure in addition to allow it to be less complicated and also less complicated.

Get rid of all of your junk, surplus, unwelcome or maybe another goods that anyone don’t desire to change in your new position. This will lessen your belongings and trim down total relocating costs. Give away useable items to a local charitable organization. You can also arrange the garage selling to sell and also get rid of excessive objects. Recall; transferring residence is a good possibility to lose junk, excessive as well as unwanted goods.

Choose very well whether you can bunch your own home stuff all on your own or maybe utilize professional supplying service. If you are relocating in your neighborhood just a location then you can certainly wrap up the factors alone to save funds. But in case you are shifting with a brand-new metropolis or even a long-distance getaway then it is better that you can make use of professional packaging support associated with an expert going firm of your respective area. Don't forget, suitable taking guarantees for secure in addition to damage-free travel regarding family stuff collected from one of place to another. In case you have decided to wrap up things all on your own subsequently make sure you are capable in order to bunch as much as possible correctly similar to specialist packers in addition to movers firms accomplish. Make use of good quality taking products in addition to tough bins intended for safe and secure taking of one's home possessions.

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532nm verde

Posted by betynis in Puntero Laser, 24 June 2015 · 18 views
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El peligro mayor de los laser barato para la salud visual son las alteraciones que pueden producir en la zona central de retina, produciendo quemaduras en mácula y generando una visión borrosa temporal o incluso irreversible. La aparición de zonas sin campo de visión (escotomas) es también frecuente así como lesiones lesiones en la superficie corneal. Además existe la posibilidad de que la retina quede “tocada” y aparezcan problemas posteriores como consecuencia del daño producido ante una exposición a un láser.

La Agencia de Protección de Salud del Reino Unido informa que los productos láser de venta al público para su uso como punteros láser deben limitarse a los dispositivos con la potencia del láser de menos de 1 mW, pero en España y otros muchos países se pueden conseguir láseres de 200 mw e incluso hasta 1000 mw.

Punteros y juguetes láser. Consejos para usarlos con seguridad

Nunca apuntes un láser ni dirijas directamente a nadie, incluyendo a animales. La energía de la luz procedente de un láser Laser Azul dirigida al ojo puede ser muy peligrosa, incluso más que mirar directamente al sol.

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No apuntes el láser en una superficie reflectante porque te puede producir lesiones por rebote.
Los láseres de color verde son más problemáticos que de otros colores ya que trabajan con longitudes de ondas más cortas y por tanto son más dañinos. Elige mejor un láser rojo o de color diferente al verde.
Confirma las características del juguete láser o puntero antes de comprarlo en su etiqueta ya que es mejor no hacer una compra sin saber si la potencia es adecuada o no para uno uso doméstico.
La luz del láser puede ser peligrosa y dañina incluso a kilómetros de distancia.
La luz del láser puede dañar la vista en menos tiempo de lo que puede parpadear o mirar hacia otro lado. No asumas que los láseres que se ofrecen a la venta como “aprobados” o “seguros” no son peligrosos.
El “efecto sorpresa” de un haz de luz brillante puede causar accidentes graves al objetivo de un conductor en un coche, un piloto en un avión, deportista o incluso una persona con una taza de café caliente en sus manos.
En la mayoría de las discotecas existen juegos de luz 532nm verde . Evita siempre mirar hacia el proyector origen de los mismos.

Esta 980nm serie 200mW puntero láser infrarrojo tiene múltiples aplicaciones y funciones con precio favorable. El haz es invisible a los ojos desnudos. Ha sido ampliamente utilizado en los campos médicos y de rescate.
Esta sencilla disposición 200mW 980nm puntero láser infrarrojo es el puntero láser mejor especialista para profesionales operados con equipo.

● Estructura sólida con alta calidad. Este estilo pluma 980nm puntero láser infrarrojo ha pasado todo tipo de pruebas rigurosas. Un chip cuya duración puede alcanzar más de 8000 horas se utiliza en el interior. Al mismo tiempo, se ha fijado el enfoque y la potencia de salida continua que se ha ganado una gran fama después de que se lanzó en el mercado.

● Numerosas aplicaciones y funciones en algunos campos especiales. Este láser 200mW infrarrojo juega un papel crucial en la detección de billetes falsos y dinero, el tratamiento médico. Además, sirve también como fuentes de infrarrojos para visión nocturna y reconocimiento de la señal.

Que pasada verdad! Pues para los mas atrevidos diremos, que todos los totalizadores de los contadores de luz son ruedecillas negras con los dígitos en blanco o a la inversa, si se hunde un foco láser entre ruedecillas o en el mismo dígito, no solamente se frenara el totalizador, sino también en caso extremo se podrá parar definitivamente.

Habéis jugado cuando niños y no tan niños con una lupa. Que pasa cuando concentráis el foco solar amplificado por la lupa, sobre un papel blanco? Pues que tarda mucho en quemarse, pero sin embargo si pintáis con lápiz o boli una zona e incidís en ella, esta arde a toda pastilla, pues el negro o colores oscuros absorben mucho mas rápido el calor y la radiación.

Sin embargo todos los cuadros de contadores tienen una tapa transparente y el contador un cristal para proteger el totalizador y como no un sello en plomo de la empresa suministradora, para proteger el contador y verificar que no se haya abierto, sin embargo quien va a tocar nada, lo que aquí se explica son simples pensamientos que cualquiera en los tiempos que vivimos puede pensar.

Te estorba una antena de telefonía móvil y por mas que vecinos de la zona se han manifestado Puntero láser 5000mw, la siguen quedando en la misma zona y distancia para freírte a ti y a tu familia y a todo vecino de la zona, pues mira por donde, todos los cables coaxiales que usan las antenas de telefonía móvil son de color negro, que casualidad mas ventajosa. Una avería tras avería tienen que mover la antena fuera de zona.

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No hay que tocar nada, solamente incidir aunque sea simplemente con el pensamiento de poder hacerlo.

Cuantos tenéis parquímetros en la zona, pagando por un suelo que ya pagáis con el impuesto de circulación, cuantos de estos tienen display de cuarzo, con dígitos en negro, una vez se alcanza el display lo que hay detrás viene seguido, un cortocircuito en una placa produce la avería total del sistema.

No queremos influir a nadie a hacer nada, láser 50mwaquí lo expuesto son simplemente ideas que están a nuestro alcance, tampoco sabemos cuanto durara este blog con el contenido del mismo, así que a guardar la información antes de que la borren.


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A Letter From My Past…

  Posted by mlebleek in Bleeker Street, 24 June 2015 · 22 views

My new book, LETTERS (working title–coming March 2016), is about…wait…can you guess? Yup, that’s right—it’s about letters. Lots and lots of letters. In the book, mom of three and first grade teacher, Natalie wrote letters to her husband during her battle against an aggressive cancer. She arranged to have them delivered, one per day, after she passed away. Her husband, Luke, uses the letters for guidance and comfort. That is, until she starts mentioning a mystery man and a secret she doesn’t have the courage to reveal before her passing. Then the letters make him question everything he thought he knew about his wife, their marriage and the family they’d built together.

Recently I had my own real life letter (er…email). This one wasn’t from a long lost loved one, it was from the past **insert spooky music here**. When I say “past” I don’t mean ancient history or even from my childhood (which is almost ancient history). This letter was from a year ago.

Back then WRECKAGE was out on submission and I was waiting “patiently” to find out if any editor out there saw enough in my little story to want to publish it. I’d just started writing LETTERS, but was suffering from a lot of self-doubt. Now here is where I insert a little note for any non-writers out there. Self-doubt is one of those things just about every writer I’ve ever met struggles with, I swear. In some ways I feel like self-doubt is one of those things that keeps a creative person honest with their own work and makes them continually want to improve. Then again, it can also be absolutely crippling.

So, back to one year ago. I think I’d just gotten my first rejection, this one from a big publisher. The editor didn’t feel that the story had enough surprises in it and, very politely, took a pass. Of course all of my greatest fears and insecurities came bubbling up. At that moment, I was very tempted to let all the negative thoughts I’d been fending off take up residence in the part of my brain I use to write. Maybe I really wasn’t good enough. Maybe this was just a silly dream and one day my agent would wake up and realize the huge mistake she’d made taking chance on me. Then I stopped mid-freakout and made a choice—I’d write a letter to future me, more specifically I’d write a letter to one-year-in-the-future me.

I was well aware of the changes life can bring in one year. In fact, when I started thinking about it, one-year-in-the-past Emily hadn’t even planned on querying the finished manuscript saved on her desktop and here I was with an agent and a manuscript submitted to publishers I never imagined would even glance at my story.

I sat down and wrote to 2015 Emily. I told her where I was as a writer and hopeful debut author, how I was writing a new story even though it was hard, how waiting to hear back from publishers was harder than querying ever was. Then I wished future-me the best, that I was still writing, still pursuing my passion and finding new ways to balance all the areas of my life. Then I asked myself to take a moment to note of all the successes in the past year, to acknowledge the difference a year can make so that next time maybe I wouldn’t get so discouraged so quickly. I sent the email using FutureMe.org.

I just got that letter a few weeks ago. It was a great reminder of how much can happen in 365 days. This year has been a spectacular one for me professionally and it was so fun getting that letter and being able to tally the great things that 2014 Emily never could’ve imagined happening. After reading and pondering those things I quickly wrote 2016 Emily an email giving another update and asking future me to reflect, once again, on the difference a year can make. I look forward to reading that email next year and can only hope it brings me as much happiness as this one did.

So, let’s face it, not every year is going to be stunning. This was a banner year for me, but there are good years and there are knock-your-feet-out-from-under-you years. A good writer friend of mine wrote a FutureMe letter at the same time as me. In the past year she’s faced some major struggles in her personal life and I am continually moved by her resilience and strength. But when this dear friend got her letter it wasn’t a moment of victory as much as it was a reminder of a time before her trials. Her letter from the past ended up illustrating all the things she’d lost. Like I said before—one year can make a big difference. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not a good difference. But honestly I think that’s okay.

I’ve had those years where you look back and think, “How did I get here?” In those years you are as unsure of your future as you were certain of it just a few months earlier. Those are scary, dark moments. But the delivery of my letter from last-year reminded me that there is always hope. Even if this year smacked you upside the skull and left you with stars circling your head, next year can be better.

So, if you’ve had a crappy year or if you’ve had a great year, I challenge you to take a minute and write a letter to future-you. You can write whatever you like, but I suggest you at least cover: what’s going on in your life right now (good, bad and ugly) and your hopes/dreams and goals for the next 12 months. Then send that sucker off into the inter-webs to be stored for the next 365 1/4 days. I hope you forget about it a little so one year from today you get a little ding and open your inbox to find a letter from your past.




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Mad Lib Fun For Kids

  Posted by Jean Oram in It's All Kid's Play Blog, 22 June 2015 · 40 views

Feel free to print this mad lib or paste it into a word processor so you can fill in the blanks. I’ve also got a pdf version you can download.


Mad libs for kids are a great way to teach them about story creation, parts of speech, all while playing and having a great time.

Enjoy!

 

To The Moon!: An Outdoor, Mad Lib Adventure


By Jean Oram


 

The other day I was playing a video game when it started to act all _________________ (ADVERB). I decided to go outside

where it was ___________________ (WEATHER). I put on my _________________ (PIECE OF CLOTHING) and went

out. To my surprise it was really ___________________ (ADJECTIVE).

 

I wandered around, a little bit _____________________ (MOOD), before finding a ________________________

(NOUN) in the _____________________ (NOUN). I carried it around with me before putting it on a

______________________ (NOUN). I stared at it. I knew it would make something really ____________________

(ADJECTIVE) but I couldn’t figure out what. My friend, ____________________ (NAME)

__________________________ (NOUN) with my new found thing. All afternoon we worked. We used a

_______________________ (NOUN) a lot. But then I banged my ________________________ (BODY PART) with it

so we decided to use ________________________________ (NOUN PLURAL) instead. That worked and before long we

had a ________________________ (ADJECTIVE) ______________________ (NOUN) that looked like it had been

______________________ (VERB PAST TENSE) through a ____________________ (NOUN).

 

By now we were getting really hungry and so when a ________________________ (ANIMAL) _____________________

(VERB PAST TENSE) by, my friend tried to eat it. He said it tasted like _________________________ (FLAVOUR) when he

licked it. He likes _______________________ (SAME FLAVOUR) but sometimes it gives him the

_________________________ (VERB PAST TENSE). That’s not as fun as it sounds.

 

After my friend’s snack, we looked at our creation for awhile and realized if we moved the ____________________ (NOUN)

on our project to the __________________ (DIRECTION) it would look just like a space ship. Maybe we could go to the moon!

When our ship was ready, we _________________________ (VERB PAST TENSE) in and breathed in the

______________________ (ADJECTIVE) outdoor air. The sun was starting to go down and it looked like

______________________ (FOOD PLURAL). We pushed the _______________________ (ADJECTIVE) on our project

and rode off into the sunset like we were a couple of ________________________ (SOMETHING SILLY). We were off to the

moon!

 

Mad Lib Instructions:


1. Print off this mad lib or paste it into a word processor so you can fill in the blanks.
2. Get one person to read out what ind of words they need (adjective, noun, etc. as shown in capital letters behind the blank) to fill in the blanks of the story (don’t read the story out loud yet.) Have the other person call out words to fill in those blanks.
3. Read out the story with it’s new words and try not to laugh too hard!

 

Reminder on parts of speech:


Noun: An object. Think of it as something you could pick up and put in a suitcase. Like a cloud, person, table, etc.
Adjective: A describing word. It describes a noun. Such as a beautiful house or a strong man.
Verb: A doing word. An action. I ran, walked, jumped, squealed, and swam.
Adverb: Describes a verb (and action). Ends in “ly.” He shouted loudly.

 

This mad lib has been created by Jean Oram (copyright 2012) as part of It’s All Kids’ Play.ca. If you would like to share this mad lib with others such as your class, please go ahead with attribution (mention my site as the source). Thanks.


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Robin Gianna & Research to Enrich Your Story

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 22 June 2015 · 54 views

Please welcome Robin Gianna to the blog today!

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RESEARCH TO ENRICH YOUR STORY

I hear some of you saying, “Oh, yes, I loove to research,” as you gleefully rub your hands together.  Also hear others saying, “Research. Bah. Hate it,” as you drop your heads to your desk.

There are potential problems with both attitudes. Research lovers sometimes spend so much time at it, the book takes forever to get written. Or never gets written at all. Haters do the bare minimum, and miss out on ways just a little extra research can not only strengthen a story, but sometimes send it in a new direction.

Every time I get on the internet to look things up, I’m amazed all over again at the resources literally at our fingertips. What’s the average temperature in Cambridge, England in November?   Where are the trendy places to live in Paris? Images of the people and landscape of West Africa?  All found in remarkably little time (double-checked for accuracy, of course). But don’t stop there.  

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I also go to the library to grab books that might help. I got lucky to find an amazing memoir (The House
at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper) when I was writing a book set in Liberia that educated me about life there before and after the recent, devastating civil wars. That memoir helped me greatly with small details that I believe made the story stronger.

And there’s nothing like talking to people who are experts on a subject, which I do all the time to learn a about various medical details and different medical specialties.  Most everyone is happy to share his or her expertise.

An important thing to keep in mind? Whatever research camp you fall into, don’t let it bog you down. I recommend that you get the story started so you have the characters and basics firmly in your mind first. When you’re getting words on the page and realize there’s a detail you need to find out about, just make a note to yourself in that spot and keep going forward.  

But don’t let too many chapters pass before setting aside the time to research. You may discover things that lend themselves to entire scenes, a recurring theme, or even a whole new direction that you never would have written at all if you hadn’t learned whatever inspired it.

Here are a few examples of ways research helped me as a writer and enriched my stories:  

  1. My debut book was set in Benin, West Africa. I chose that setting because my husband had worked in a mission hospital there, and had great stories and photos which I used as the foundation.  But in doing additional research, one of the things I learned is that Benin is the birthplace of Voodoo, or Vodun as they call it.  I integrated that into the story, and it played a minor, but significant, recurring role in the story.
  2. I wrote a Valentine’s themed book set in Paris, which meant February, which meant no romantic moments in a warm park amid blooming roses!  So I had to look for other things to do in Paris, and in studying the weather, found it rains and snows quite a bit which lent itself to a recurring theme with an umbrella and some kissing beneath it!  Also ended up sending them to the Alsace region to do some snow-shoeing and visit a medieval town and vineyard, all of which were important scenes.
  3. My upcoming November release is part of a continuity with other authors, where all the stories are set in Cambridge, England. As I researched, I learned there’s a river that meanders throughout the city. Punting (pushing a boat with a pole, a bit like in Venice but the boats are flat) is popular there, both as a sport and a leisure activity. That became a big part of my story, with what I hope are some fun scenes on the River Cam. :-)
  4. My current release takes place in and near Delphi, Greece. While I was inspired to set it there after a fabulous trip last summer, and had many first-hand memories and details, there were lots of things I learned later.  One important bit of information was that the area is prone to earthquakes, and that they had a huge one in 2009 that damaged much of the area. That was such an ah-ha moment for me, it changed several important parts of my story, one of which is that the heroine’s parents’ died during the earthquake (I originally had it happen in a plane crash, but the earthquake worked much better). I won’t tell you the other way the earthquake factors into the medical mystery in the story - you’ll just have to read it to find out for yourself! ;-)

So remember - research isn’t just about those little details like average temperatures and trendy places to live and what people wear. It truly will inspire new ideas and directions that will make your story stronger and maybe even easier to write.  And isn’t that always a great thing? 

How about you?  Research lover or hater?  Have any stories to share about ways it enriched one of your stories?

About Robin
After completing a degree in journalism, working in the advertising industry, then becoming a stay-at-home mom, Robin Gianna had what she likes to call her ‘awakening’. She decided she wanted to write the romance novels she’d loved since her teens.  Robin embarked on that quest by joining RWA and a local chapter, and working hard at learning the craft of fiction writing.
Robin loves pushing her characters toward their own happily-ever-afters! When she’s not writing, Robin’s life is filled with a happily messy kitchen, a needy garden, a wonderful husband, three great kids, a drooling bulldog and one grouchy Siamese cat.
Robin Gianna on the web:

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Robin Gianna’s new release. Her Greek Doctor’s Proposal, HM&B Medical Romance


The question he thought he'd never ask… 

Archaeologist Laurel Evans put her career on hold to care for her younger sisters. Now, close to achieving her goals, she won't let anything distract her. Laurel has come to Delphi to dig up ancient treasures, but she finds a modern-day Greek god instead—local doctor Andros Drakoulias!

A devoted single dad, Andros is determined to give his little girl stability. He knows his fling with Laurel can't last, so why is it so hard to imagine a future without her by his side?

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Thanks Robin! I fall into the "Love Research" camp - and it can definitely lead to way too much time disappearing!

How about you? Which Research Camp do you fall into?


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Das erzeugte Material Laserpointer

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Das erzeugte Material Laserpointer
Leistungsstarke Beleuchtung ein Spiel laserpointer:
Nun ist diese neue Taschenlampe Darstellung unterscheidet sich von normalen Taschenlampe. Es ist eine leistungsfähige Taschenlampe mit Laser, welche einen Bereich von 5000 m. Befehl kann in der Konstruktion, Konferenz-Präsentationen und andere Outdoor-Abenteuer verwendet werden. Leistungsfähiger, es ist stark bloßen Effekt Spielen entzünden. Wenn im Feld, ich glaube, es kann Ihnen bei der Lösung eine Menge Ärger!
Ziehen Sie den Wind hat eine Laserpistole, die vermutlich in vielen kleinen P Kindertraum, das war auch der Grund, Laser-Pointer-Pandemie sein. Jedoch nicht mehr als ein Spielzeug Laserpointer 5mW Leistung, klar nicht in der Lage, die Mehrheit der Menschen zu erfüllen, um im Inneren verborgen zerstören wollen, aber Leistung (Ausgangsleistung von 150 mW oder mehr) des Lasersenders ist sehr teuer und schwer zu bekommen, dann wir seit vielen Jahren es ist dazu bestimmt, es brach träumen? Nein, so lange, wie der Laser, ein Verfahren nach OFweek Netzwerk bereitgestellt, um eine kleine Menge von Zeit und Geld, können Sie einen High-Power-laserpointer Hersteller zu besitzen, wenn sie auch nicht in einem Augenblick, was zu töten, sondern um kleine Kerze, tyrann kleine Tierische und kein Problem.
Zunächst müssen eine alte DVD-Brenner ("Rich Handsome", um zu kaufen eine neue, kleine Serien ist nicht dabei, Sie zu stoppen), wird ein PC oder Laptop, CD-ROM-Laufwerk zu tun, solange der laserpointer grün kann nicht verschrottet Alter. Vorzugsweise 16X und 16X brenn kahl, da die optische Ausgangsleistung (bis zu 250 mW), natürlich auch improvisieren 8X, aber die Kraft ist viel kleiner, in der Regel nur 140 mW, Letalität stark reduziert.
Kaufen Sie eine geeignete Taschenlampe, können kleine Taschenlampe Stift auch sein, aber nicht zu kompakt, während die wichtigste ist die Glühbirne (vorzugsweise eine einzelne Glühbirne) vollständig entladen, so dass die Umwandlung zu erleichtern. Taschenlampe in der großen Supermarktverkäufe, Preis ab 20 Yuan zu mehreren hundert Dollar, je nach Bedarf, um die billigsten zu kaufen, natürlich, nicht zu vergessen, ein paar technische Daten der entsprechenden Zelle zu kaufen.
Die Schlüsselkomponente ist ein Lasermodul, das Ding ist nicht ein guter Kauf auf Taobao, so ist es am besten auf die lokale Elektronik-Markt Amoy Amoy finden ein professioneller Hersteller Fabrikverkauf oder Händler. Wir brauchen Durchmesser des laserpointer 500mw sollte kleiner als der Durchmesser der Lampe, während der Kopf der Lasermodul entfernt werden kann, um allein verwendet werden. Da der Leistungspegel des Lasermoduls nach unten ist egal, jedenfalls ist, die Laserdiode Schließlich ersetzen, ist es, um den günstigsten 5mW Lasermodul kaufen kann, zum Beispiel, Industrie konzentrieren 5mW rote Laser-Kopf, etwa 20 Yuan.

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Books I Want to Read This Summer! I HEART ROBOT, THE ARTISANS, and LIFER

  Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 13 June 2015 · 39 views

I love to read, but between my own writing responsibilities and my day job, I find it difficult these days. But I must make time for one of my favorite activities, so this summer I have been creating a “To Be Read” (TBR) list. Three of the books on my TBR list are from my … Continue reading Books I Want to Read This Summer! I HEART ROBOT, THE ARTISANS, and LIFER

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sehr starke laser kaufen Aufgrund der Vielzahl von Laserpointer ist manchmal schwierig zu bestimmen, was Sie am besten zu kaufen. Dieser Stift ist auf jeden Fall eine gute Wahl. Die Laser-Feder ein helles grünes Licht, die bis zu 8000 Meter glänzen kann. Das Modell der Laserpointer China empfehlen liegt gut in der Hand. Darüber hinaus können Sie es auf die Hose durch die Schnur, die auf sitzt befestigen. Der Stift ist kompakt genug, um in Ihre Tasche zu tragen. So können Sie in jeder Situation haben diese Laserpointer.
Highlights auf dieser grünen Laser-2000mw:
Von Luftfahrt-Aluminium 1.Vervaardigd ist grün laer sehr langlebig.
2.Focalisation sehr einfach: man kann die unterschiedliche Größe des Strahls und Lichtfleck zu fokussieren. Manueller Fokus Inhaber: Nach dem Start des Laserpointer, drehen Sie den Rändelring Zweitens, wenn Sie im Uhrzeigersinn zu drehen, ist die Lampe kleiner, bis die parallelen Lichtstrahl; wenn Sie gegen den Uhrzeigersinn zu drehen, ist die Lampe größer, liegt der Fokus näher. Wenn die Lampe ist die größte, die kleinste Fokuspunkt ca. 7cm Kopf.

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3.Set ein Lasermodul in den Kühler, um das Design der Schutzschaltung (Verbesserung für den Ausfall der internen Schaltung now) zu verbessern.
Diese sehr starke laser kaufen hat so hohe Leistung, dass es gefährlich sein kann, wenn falsch verwendet. Augenkontakt vermeiden. Die hohe Leistung dieser Laser Pen ist nur für den professionellen Einsatz.
Diese Laserpointer ist ideal, um mit Ihnen am Abend in der Dunkelheit wird mit einer Gruppe tragen. Das kompakte Format, das Sie kaum merken, dass Sie mit dem Laserpointer haben. Die Leistung der Licht jedoch wird Sie überraschen. Das helle grüne Licht hat eine Reichweite von mehreren hundert Metern.
Unser professionelles Laser-Stifte sind die super leistungsfähige Laser-Stifte, die Sie in den Niederlanden kaufen. Diese laservisier sind oft konzentriert es ihnen ermöglicht, stechende Spiele und Zigaretten. Darüber hinaus scheinen sie auch weit mehr als 10.000 Meter, so dass professionelle Laser-Stift werden oft von Astronomen verwendet. Die meisten unserer professionellen Laser werden mit Tasten für zusätzliche Sicherheit.

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Tipps
1. Sei der Laserstrahl nicht in Richtung des Auges, kann dies zu Verletzungen führen.
2. Wenn der laserpointer gelb nicht öffnen können, stellen Sie sicher, die korrekte Positionierung der positiven und negativen Versorgungs.
3. Warten der Schlüssel nicht in der Eigenschaft für eine lange Zeitdauer, weniger als 30 Sekunden verwendet werden. (Dies ist kein Blitzlicht).
4. Halten Sie dieses Produkt weg von Kindern (die Sperrtaste kann Ihnen helfen), um zu verhindern, die unsachgemäße Verwendung des Kindes in Gefahr ist. Am besten, wenn nicht in Gebrauch ist, entfernen Sie den Akku separat gespeichert, so dass selbst wenn ein Kind da keine Batterie auch ausgesetzt kann nicht verwendet werden.

Der Grün Laserpointer Ausgangsleistungsstabilität ist die interne Struktur sehr kompakt und ist eine sehr kostengünstige Modell. Wenn Sie ein echter Laserpointer Grün 300mW benötigen, wird dieses Modell Ihre Erwartungen übertreffen!
Highlights dieser Laserpointer Grün 300mW
● Das Aussehen und Struktur ist unser patentiertes, 100% Qualitätsgarantie und niedrigen Aktionspreisen
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● Built-in wasserdichten Gummiring, Kühlsystem und Leiterplatte Schutz, die Struktur ist sehr stark und haltbar
● Mit Dauerschalter, Fokussierring und Edelstahl-Schnalle, einfach zu bedienen und leicht zu tragen
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laserlampje

Posted by laserpen in laserpen's Blog, 11 June 2015 · 55 views
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De laserlampje is terug van weggeweest. Was de eerste versie vooral een irritant zwakgroen lampje waarmee voetbalfans de spits van de tegenstander of de scheidsrechter probeerden te verblinden. Zijn opvolger daarentegen is van een totaal andere planeet. Het lullige straaltje van voorheen is geëvolueerd tot een laserbeest met een kracht van 2000 mW en een bereik van wel tien kilometer. Op korte afstanden brandt zo’n laserstraal dwars door plastic, hout, papier en allerlei andere materialen heen.

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Levensgevaarlijk in de handen van sukkels en kwaadwillenden, maar gewoon te koop op het internet. Wat niet tegenwoordig? In ons land is de handel erin wel verboden, maar het bezit van zo’n uit de kluiten gewassen zaklamp niet. Alleen het gebruik van laserpennen met een zeer krachtige en brandende straal kan tot vervolging leiden. Een fraai staaltje Nederlands gedoogbeleid. Waar onze kinderen inmiddels de wrange vruchten van plukken.

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De afgelopen twee jaar liepen zeventien van hen onherstelbare oogschade op door laserbestraling. Het lijkt zo onschuldig dat laserlicht, maar al na een paar seconden brandt het dwars door het netvlies heen. Reden genoeg voor Nederlandse oogartsen om groot alarm te slaan en de wetgever op te roepen snel iets aan dit groeiende probleem te doen nu het nog redelijk beheersbaar is.

Ook de luchtvaart ondervindt dagelijks hinder van de nieuwe lichting laserpen 3000mw. Grapjassen schijnen overvliegende politie- en traumahelikopters en vliegtuigen aan en verblinden zo de piloten . Hiermee komt de vliegveiligheid ernstig in gevaar. Het kan de dader een gevangenisstraf en een fikse boete opleveren. In Amerika is hiervoor al eens iemand veroordeeld tot veertien jaar cel. Een beetje overdreven lijkt ons, maar zo is Amerika nu eenmaal.

Dus beste ouder(s) of opvoeder(s), denk eerst eens even goed na voordat u uw zoon of dochter zo’n geinig ding laat kopen. Een laserpen is al lang geen speelgoed meer, maar een levensgevaarlijk en levensbedreigend wapen. En wat ons betreft volkomen ongeschikt voor kinderen.

Beelden van het protest in Egypte werden gekenmerkt door uitzinnige menigtes, een overvloed aan Egyptische vlaggen, toeters, fluitjes en laser lamp sterrenhemel. Elke keer wanneer een helikopter van het leger over de massa betogers vliegt, wordt de onderkant ervan beschenen door honderden groene laserstralen, hetgeen mooie kiekjes oplevert.

De laserpennen maakten hun intrede in de loop van de onstuimige politieke transitie die begon met het aftreden van president Hosni Mubarak begin 2011. Tijdens demonstraties en rellen werden de penen gebruikt om tegenstanders (de politie en ook vaak het leger) in het donker te identificeren, camera’s uit te schakelen, of om simpelweg dingen aan te wijzen.

Het werd een regelrechte hype. Zoals met zoveel revolutionaire attributen, zoals maskers, bivakmutsen, katapulten, gasmaskers en beschermende brillen sprongen de informele handelaren van Cairo erbovenop. Verkopers lopen door de menigte met handen vol vlaggen en sterke zaklamp. Provisorische winkeltjes langs de zijkant van het protest verkopen ze als warme broodjes. Het is een hebbedingetje geworden, een revolutionair aandenken en bovendien, leuk om mee te spelen.

oordat de kat vanuit instinct nergens anders meer aan denkt dan het jagen maakt het ook niet uit welke kleur laser u gebruikt om met de kat te spelen. Doordat een laserstraal niet te vangen is zal de kat natuurlijk ook niet snel uitgespeeld raken, zij zullen blijven proberen om die laser is een keer te pakken te krijgen.

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Het gedrag van de kat hier is hartstikke natuurlijk, buiten jaagt de kat ook op alles wat beweegt. Denk hierbij bijvoorbeeld aan kikkers, vogels of insecten. Kleine dieren waar de kat mee speelt alvorens ze op te eten. Dit is natuurlijk gedrag voor een kat en zij kunnen ook niet anders dan dit gedrag te vertonen. Dit jagersinstinct hebben veel roofdieren waaronder alle hond- en katachtigen. Het is belangrijk voor katten om regelmatig te kunnen jagen, als zij deze mogelijkheid niet krijgen dan zullen zij hierdoor psychische problemen kunnen krijgen.

Buiten het feit dat het heel gezond is voor een kat om regelmatig te jagen is het hartstikke leuk voor ons mensen om te zien hoe een kat de meest rare toeren overhoop haalt om die laserlichten eens een keer te kunnen vangen. Bovenstaande video geeft een goed beeld van de situaties die ontstaan wanneer katten en laserlampjes samenkomen. Er is bij het gebruik van laserstralen wel enige voorzichtigheid geboden. Schijn nooit een laserstraal in de ogen. Niet bij dieren en ook niet bij andere mensen, laserstralen zijn bij langdurige blootstelling schadelijk voor de ogen.

Verder wordt afgeraden om een kat langer dan 15 minuten per speelsessie te laten jagen op een laserstraal. Door een kat een hele periode te laten jagen zonder succes kan de kat natuurlijk gefrustreerd raken. Dit kan de kat agressief maken. Zorg dus voor genoeg pauzes en houd het op maximaal 10-15 minuten spelen met een laserstraal.


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Posted by yoyutisecesi in yoyutisecesi's Blog, 09 June 2015 · 62 views

Canciller Nicaragua considera El canciller Christian Louboutin Sky High Platforms de Nicaragua, Samuel Santos, calific como "delicado" el caso del supuesto pirata ciberntico colombiano detenido en el pas suramericano, inform hoy el rotativo local El Nuevo Diario.
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New children’s books added to my list of favorites!

Posted by Selene Bell in Confessions of a Binge Reader, 09 June 2015 · 58 views

I have some fabulous new picture book recommendations. I love when a story and art come together beautifully, and for these three, they seem just about perfect.

What Do You Do With an Idea, written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom, is similar to Dr. Seuss’s Oh the Places You’ll Go, in that the message is almost best appreciated by adults, specifically writers or others working at creative endeavors. It’s about a child who has an idea that grows and grows and, with the child’s persistence in keeping it alive, takes over the world. Seriously, a gorgeous book, with an interesting take on when color and when black and white are used. I highly recommend it, even for those who don’t have kids.

Iggy Peck Architect, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, tells a fun story about a kid whose passion saves his class, even when the teacher belittles it. (In a cool bit of detail, her motivation is explained, so she’s not just some grouch.) The illustrations are somewhat art deco and it rhymes! I love books that rhyme because they’re so fun to read to my 5-year-old, and this is one of my favorites since the original Llama Llama Red Pajama. I also think it’s nice to have a book focused on a boy instead of a girl or animal. I don’t know if those are getting more rare in general, or if we just gravitate to more-girl books in our house. But I liked the idea of my daughter getting that little boys do cool things too.

The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak, truly has no pictures and doesn’t need them. The premise is that the adult reading the book has to say lots of silly things, which I and my daughter get a kick out of every time. And we’re talking silly, crazy things really appreciated by kids! (And yes, that is the B.J. Novak who was in The Office. I hope he writes more.)

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Posted by niubusjordan in niubusjordan, 09 June 2015 · 63 views

Standoff Era Begins on Capitol Hill Next week, Congress will consider, and likely pass, a bill to keep the government funded until Nov. 18. Back in March, when a government shutdown seemed all but inevitable, a twomonth continuing resolution celine handbags online likely would have taken months of partisan wrangling, negotiations, and some type of costcutting to appease Tea Party lawmakers. But the extension proposed by Republicans isn't creating much controversy. It uses the funding level set by the debt ceiling bill, and doesn't try to force changes in government policies on healthcare or abortion something the GOP tried to do earlier this year. Democrats aren't celine luggage nano happy about some of the tradeoffs in the bill to pay for disaster relief, but ultimately it gained the support of both the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Appropriations Committee.
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