Monday May 22, 2017
One of the best tricks to put you into the mood for writing is listening to music. This works particularly well when you’re writing fantasy or science fiction and you put on some epic music that takes you into a different world. You can find some stunning pieces on YouTube, simply by doing a search for cinematic instrumental music, or something like that. Read More>>
Monday November 28, 2016
When I first started self-publishing, I used Booktango to distribute my ebooks. It’s a free service, which was great. They have some paid services but I never tried any of those, so I can’t say whether they were good or not.
Monday November 14, 2016
What is Cybils?
According to their website:
“Cybils Awards Mission: The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.”
Saturday August 06, 2016
The things you discover while researching your book
While I was doing research for The Boy Who Painted the World, I read a lot of articles about homeless shelters and homeless people. I also came across some interesting and powerful videos.
What is a homeless child:
Monday May 02, 2016
Here are two scenes that didn’t make it to the final cut of Room 42. I liked them, but they didn’t help move the story forward. I couldn’t bear to delete them from my computer, though. So here they are:
Music Class and April Fools Day
Miss White’s music class had taken a turn ever since Tom came to school. During Animal Appreciation Month, we sang “Old McDonald had a Farm” over and over. We added animals with each repetition and, by the end of the month, we had the entire zoo on McDonald’s farm.
When World Appreciation Month came along, Tom gave Miss White the opportunity to teach something. Actually teach something. To us.
She couldn’t discipline, but she knew music. She went along with our theme and showed us how music from different parts of the world sounds different. She brought in cool instruments with names we couldn’t pronounce. She even let us try to play them, until Jacody Day broke one. Read More>>