Toby, by Hazel Mitchell

When a young boy and his father move from one house to another, they decide to adopt a dog from the local rescue shelter. But their chosen dog, Toby, is having a tough time adjusting to his new life outside the shelter—howling all night, hiding fearfully from his new humans, forgetting where to go to Read More …

How to Write for Children

Lots of writers want to know, “How do you write a children’s book and get it published?” Do you know how to write for children? If you think it’s easy, don’t do it. Writing for Children has an obvious appeal: the stories are often short, simple, and use basic vocabulary words. “See Spot run. See Read More …

Ze End

For the first time in forever, I’ve completed one of these month-long, blog-a-day challenges. If you count one guest post and a few random bonus posts, I didn’t even take Sundays off for good behavior. Finished it fair and square, unless you consider “Ze End” to be cheating a bit. But I could write about Read More …

The Twisting of Genres is the New World Order

Years ago, there were only a handful of genres. In fact, you could count them on your hands. This fact held true for literature as well as music. Both art forms have evolved over the years and those old-guard rules simply no longer apply. Readers have risen above the stodginess of tradition and expect more. Read More …

Books: The Power of Pixels, the Virtue of Dead Trees

I will confess, here and now, that I love my nook and Kindle devices. I knew that I would not like the look or feel of a tablet, for reading – though many do –  so I bought the eInk versions and invested in nice, leather covers for both of them, so that the sensation Read More …

Wordy Wednesday

It’s back! Who has been reading this blog long enough to remember “Wordy Wednesday” quizzes? Let’s see how well you do with these – remember, don’t peek in a dictionary or Google the words until you’ve given it a good try! (You’re only cheating yourself if you do.) Share your score in the comments below, Read More …

Reading Speed, or Why I Avoid Video Blogs

Reading vs. Speaking In the Forbes article, “Do You Read Fast Enough To Be Successful?” Brett Nelson explores the reading habits of highly successful people compared to those of the average reader. We are swamped with information that we can’t possibly consume and comprehend unless we prioritize it and prune away the non-essentials. If you Read More …