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My First Children’s Book

If you are a fan of this blog you probably know that writing has always been my first creative love and as such I have published a few books and e-books. Until now, all of these publications came in the form of poetic works, how-to guides or photography. Well, having worked in childcare for more than a decade, and now having an amazing and inquisitive niece, I’ve decided to do something I’ve been pondering for a while, write my first children’s book.

It wasn’t easy but the text is completed and the illustrations by the talented M.K. Hughes are in the works. The title is “Hugs and Lightning Bugs” and it should be available in the near future. I’ll keep you updated.

Do You Use a Pen/Pseudo Name?

Even though their real identity might be, it is no secret that over the years many writers across many genres have made use of a “pen name” now sometimes called a “pseudo name” in their work.

One of the most famous is Mark Twain whose real name was Samuel Clemens. More recently, many authors have written under several names for any number of purposes.

As a writer, I’ve even written under one.

While the reasons people do it varies, the notion of writing in such a way is very popular. For the writers out there reading this post, have you ever written under a pen name or considered doing so? Comments and opinions welcome.

 

Conflict – The Key to Any Story

Basically any story ever written has some essential parts. Among such parts is conflict. Basically, there always has to be a problem of some sort and a resolution, either positive or negative, to that problem.

There are seven main formats that a writer can typically use to fit the need. These are:

Person vs. Fate/God

Example – Slaughterhouse Five

Person vs. Self

Example – A Separate Peace

Person vs. Person

Example – Les Misérables

Person vs. Society

Example – To Kill a Mockingbird

Person vs. Nature

Example – Moby Dick

Person vs. Supernatural

Example – The Odyssey 

Person vs. Technology

Example – The Terminator

 

Paper Walls By Mike Gagnon

As a person who enjoys the art of literature, it’s always nice to learn about another writer, especially when they are into visual arts too.

This is the case for Mike Gagnon. And for several weeks so far, his publication “Paper Walls: Removing the Barriers Between you and Making Great Comics” has been a top seller on Amazon!

I suggest anyone with any will to work in the comic book industry invest the time to read it.

 

Daydreaming in Kyoto By Dan Brook

To say Dan Brook enjoys art would be understating things to an extreme degree. While he works primarily as a political science professor in California, he also has engaged in a series of projects doing everything from photography to writing literature.

One of his really unique writings is a publication entitled “Daydreaming in Kyoto”  which is mentioned on his Smashwords page as showing “this magical city through evocative and provocative haiku and photographs.”

Check it out when you have a chance.

Daydreaming in Kyoto

 

 

Twitter Book Summary Fun

Our society is so used to quick and easy communication these days that I recall once hearing about a little joke that people where doing writing ultra-short summaries of classic novels in the form of one tweet on their account.

While this might be a bit of an indication of the not necessary so positive but surely instantaneous desires of our time, it also gave me an idea. Not only can it be a fun game to blow off steam but it can even work as a method in practicing brevity.

For example, in journalistic writing we are encouraged to keep it short – to the point.

This is my dare to see if you can pull it off with these titles from my bookshelves:

Pride and Prejudice

The Cather In The Rye

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

A Streetcar Named Desire

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Find Books Locally

It may be hard to fathom, but with all the bookstores and web-based retail outlets like Amazon, there are times that we might find it hard to get our hands on a certain special book we want or need for some reason.

This is where a new site I came up with comes into the picture. It’s called simply Books Near Me.

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The concept is simple, as stated on the site’s home page:

Have you ever found yourself looking for a specific book but either can’t locate it, don’t want to wait for shipping or pay the fees for it, or need it right away? This site is here to assist.

The concept behind it is to make it easier to get print books when the big box stores and Internet retailers just won’t cut it. 
For example, Amazon and Barnes and Noble might not have the book you need because it is no longer in print. Or if they do, it might take a number of days to get it or cost a bunch to have it sent by mail. 
This site is designed to help you find what you need locally.

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