Friday Book Review

Review of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline       James Halliday, the genius who created OASIS, the virtual reality that occupies the lives of most people in the dreary world of 2044, has just died. He left his fortune to whoever can follow his clues through his virtual world and find “the egg.”Continue reading “Friday Book Review”

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project

As a writer, I love to encourage other people to write. I believe that everyone can and should express themselves in writing, even if they are never formally published. Everyone has a voice, and that voice deserves to be heard. In some ways, the voices that most deserve to be heard are those of peopleContinue reading “The Afghan Women’s Writing Project”

A Best Book of 2011

One of the best mystery novels I read this year. This reviews appeared in Suspense Magazine. If Thy Right Hand by Robin Lamont      Ilene Hart is the Chief of Special Prosecutions in the DA’s office, specializing in the prosecution of pedophiles. When a teenage boy she has recently prosecuted is found shot toContinue reading “A Best Book of 2011”

A Beautiful Sight — A Child Reading a Book

As a teacher and a life-long reader, I have come up with ten ways to encourage your child to enjoy reading. Even if you are not a habitual reader yourself — Are you saying you don’t have time? — these are simple ways to instill the habit of reading in your child. She will doContinue reading “A Beautiful Sight — A Child Reading a Book”

One Task at a Time vs. Multi-Tasking

I have read a number of articles that say the multi-tasking that most of us do nowadays, whether we are writers or not, is really counterproductive. We may think we are balancing a number of task at once, but we really aren’t. What we are really doing is hopping quickly from one task to another,Continue reading “One Task at a Time vs. Multi-Tasking”

Tips to Make Characters Come Alive

Try these techniques to bring life to your characters, and find out who they really are. 1. Make a list of adjectives that describe your character. Use a thesaurus for words you may not think of off the top of your head. 2. Spend two hours “being” your character. Do whatever you are doing normally,Continue reading “Tips to Make Characters Come Alive”