Today, I’m on a plane coming home. Grandparents are picking me up at the airport and I get to see The Boy and smother him with hugs and kisses. He’ll enjoy about five minutes of it. He’s getting quite grown up at the tender age of eight.
Back when non-ticketed people could still wait at the actual . . . → Read More: Homecoming
The magic of computers is still working for me. I’m on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, enjoying some sun and peace and fishies.
I am also enjoying some good books. I find my books through all kinds of sources, but here are a few of my favorites.
The Compulsive Reader. She reads like mad . . . → Read More: Finding your next book
Through the magic of computers it looks like I am posting this Monday morning even tho I am actually…
I don’t know where I am actually. Hang on.
Here we go. I should be boarding the Truk Odyssey. The Husband and I will be celebrating a milestone birthday (for him) and some couple time. (The Boy will be . . . → Read More: On vacation and romance
I’m going on vacation! Today, I’m running around like a… crazed mom getting ready for vacation. Grocery shop, pay bills, pick up grandparents from airport, figure out what to pack, pick out outfit for school picture day, setupplaydatesleaveemergencyphonenumbersargh!
Deep breath. Vacation is always better than leaving for vacation. And it’s rather whiny to complain about all that . . . → Read More: Bonus Book: The Vorkosigan Companion, edited by Lillian S Carl
Dialog is vital to your story. It shows character, moves the story along, and provides a sense of time and place.
The mechanics of dialog provide white space to calm reluctant and/or tired readers, direct readers to who is talking, and show when the words (vs the thoughts) start and stop.
Broken mechanics cause rampant confusion and readers . . . → Read More: How To: Dialog
Book Title: Ball Don’t Lie
Author: Matt de la Pena
Publishing Info: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March, 2007)
Pages: 288 (paperback)
Genre: YA, Urban Fiction, Sport Fiction
Review Copy: Purchased from University Bookstore at local SCBWI event
Awards: ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
Why did I read this book?
A few years ago I got the chance to meet Nathan Bransford at . . . → Read More: Book 995: Ball Don’t Lie, by Matt de la Pena
Book Title: Sing Me to Sleep
Author: Angela Morrison
Publishing Info: Razorbill, March 2010
Pages: 320 (hardcover)
Genre: YA, Romance
Review Copy: hardcover purchased on Amazon
Why did I read this book?
Because my writing partner’s sister-in-law wrote it.
I have always wanted to be part of a show choir, from even before I knew what a show choir was. I wanted to . . . → Read More: Book 996: Sing Me to Sleep, by Angela Morrison