Category Archives: Writing

Fall, Fairs, and Finding Items for Set Design

Today, the air was cool, giving us a slight sneak peek into fall! It’s one of my favorite seasons, when fall weather begins to grace our early mornings. Another fall favorite is community fairs and my favorite is the Cracker Barrel Fair in Wrentham, MA. I think I like it, because it is small and homey. The highlight is 4-H clubs showing their chickens, ducks, bunnies, goats, and sheep. They often sell cookies or raffle tickets to help fund the clubs. I don’t know why I get excited seeing the Read more [...]

Diversity in Character and Author

The We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) at http://weneeddiversebooks.org/ gives out annual awards. You need to be a Diverse person and the book needs to have a main character that is Diverse. Currently, this award is for YA books. The guidelines describe Diverse as being: Person of color Native American LGBTQIA Person with a disability Marginalized religious or cultural minority in the United States Submissions are still open for the 2017 Walter Awards for self-published and traditionally Read more [...]

Interview with Helen Davis

Helen R. Davis is an award winning author, who is also an editor and proofreader at Savant. Her debut novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, explores the myth, legend, and history behind Cleopatra VII, the final queen of Egypt, and imagines how the world would have been different if she and her second husband, Marc Antony, had triumphed at the Battle of Actium, which was an important naval battle in the 1st century B.C. She has previously been featured online at http://buckrail.com/176398731699027968/casper-is-home-to-a-budding-historical-fictio, Read more [...]

Illustration Options for Children’s Books

Part of the joy of reading Children’s Books to my children and the children at my various churches or libraries has been the beautiful illustrations that many books have. Art is something that just about everyone appreciates, sometimes without even realizing it. Not everyone is an artist in the sense of drawing or painting. While I have some crude drawing skills, I don’t actually have that level of expertise unless I’m drawing on the computer? However, I’m not totally unartistic, because Read more [...]

Interview with Daniel Janik

Daniel S. Janik is a physician, educator, publisher, and multi-award-winning photographer, artist, poet, author and independent movie producer.   In college, he majored in pre-medicine with a special interest in water chemistry, eventually earning Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees, after which he specialized in public health/preventive medicine. In later life, he conceived the idea of "transformative learning" where learners nurture curiosity and discovery, Read more [...]

Keep Writing

I’ve been very busy this summer. I’ve been putting together a series of 12 Personal Goddess Journals, a companion course for the journals, and a  course, as well as working on what will become illustrations for my next book in the series for Destiny Has Two Grandmas. And among all the writing and hand sewing of the puppets (for illustrations), I had an “Aha” moment. I love it when that happens… You are my greatest supporters. I realize that I’ve been a bit remiss in my job to keep Read more [...]

Plagiarizing

All the buzz today is about how Melania plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech. I don’t want to touch that issue with a ten-foot pole; however, I thought it was a good time to talk about plagiarizing. It is tempting to find information on the Web and just dump it into your blogs, books, and courses! You can see that you probably aren’t going to get away with it! You can borrow information and completely rewrite it in your own words, so the ideas are not protected, but when you lift an entire Read more [...]

Driving Through the Heartland of America

I’m reminded of all the wagon trains that went westward through the prairie lands, which are now divided into parcels of plowed fields full of growing corn and soybean plants! I’m reminded of Laura Ingles Wilder growing up here on the plains, living in a small house with a large barn with a milk cow, some work horses, maybe some goats or pigs, as well. How differently we live now in cities and towns with homogenized stores and restaurants and hotels. This has its perks and its detriments. Read more [...]

Asparagus and Your Book

A Day at the Asparagus Festival I cannot ever recall hearing of an Asparagus Festival! But as odd as it might sound, it was loads of fun. This took place on the Common in West Brookfield, MA, on May 21.     Joyce, Connie, and Rusty (he wasn't too keen on the whole idea of sticking his head through a hole!) peeking out the holes in a giant Asparagus! We had a bit of trouble finding it with our GPS. It could not distinguish between Brookfield, East Brookfield, North Brookfield, Read more [...]