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How to Review a Book in 10 Minutes 0

How to Review a Book in 10 Minutes

Read a good book lately? A new one? One you shared with a friend? Good! I know your friends appreciate hearing about books, but so do the authors of the books you read. You can write a review faster than you can finish reading the rest of this blog!!   What makes a good review? A good review shares your impressions; what you liked about the story and the characters.  How long will it take to write? Budget 5-7 minutes. (You may use the same review on several social media locations.)  How much do I need to write? K.I.S.S –...

New Year Resolution Suggestions 0

New Year Resolution Suggestions

Resolve to set aside time for yourself to relax and reenergize. Resolve to stay in face-to-face or written contact with the people who are important in your life. Resolve to spend time reading aloud with others. It’s a special joy. Resolve to spend time writing a journal, diary, short story, poem, novel or handwrite letters to friends. Resolve to end each day with an uplifting thought or verse to assure a pleasant night’s sleep. Wishing you a healthy, happy 2017!

Family Read-Aloud 0

Family Read-Aloud

With the craziness and hype of the holidays and the end of the year, why not kick back, slow things down, take a break, and plan a family read aloud. I remember how excited I’d feel when adults read aloud in my elementary classrooms. It was a party for my ears and my imagination. I’d have loved to be part of a family read aloud, but it never happened in our home. As 2017 slides into view, start a new family tradition. Start a 20-minute read-aloud where everyone gathers to read, listen, and enjoy classic stories, jokes, adventure books, graphic...

Book Clubs 0

Book Clubs

 If you have the privilege of belonging to a book club, I’m excited for you. My book club is a group of teacher friends. We meet from September until mid-June. Each member takes a month, selects a book and provides a light meal. We use our time to get caught up as well as discuss that month’s book. It’s a joy to have an evening with friends and discover different authors and subjects. We’ve read bios, books in a series, adventure, women’s fiction, children’s books, non-fiction and memoirs. We even read a book on tidying up. (That got mixed reviews.)...

My Reading Style 0

My Reading Style

I’m always on the lookout to learn about people and their reading habits: when, where and what they read as well as what influences them to select certain books. My When I most often read in the afternoon usually before prepping dinner. I find it relaxing (and hope I don’t get so relaxed I fall asleep!).  My Where My favorite place to read in the living room where I can sit in the rocking chair or on the love seat and watch the birds at the feeder out of the corner of my eye. Usually I also enjoy a cup...

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Books I Wish Existed

Ever wish there was a certain book about a certain subject?  You  may search and search and not find the exact thing you want, so think about writing that book yourself! Don’t faint. You can do it! Your local library has resources. Your community probably has writing groups you can join. Community colleges hold auditable classes. Friends may want to join you to write every week or two while you share an afternoon or evening as you talk, enjoy a cup of coffee with a sweet treat, and make plans. Need ways to start? Contact me at [email protected] and I’ll...

Local Bookshops: Your Holiday Shopping Homebase 0

Local Bookshops: Your Holiday Shopping Homebase

If the frenzy of holidays grabs you and shakes you hard, you can make your life easier by shopping at your local independent bookstore. For me stepping into the cozy shop, surrounded by books and friendly sales persons is a treat. The size or color or shape of books isn’t important. There is something for every interest. And, if you don’t see it, they will order it for you. Some bookshops even wrap your purchases for you! Simplify your shopping. Support a local bookstore. Enjoy the hours of free time you’ll create by this one-stop shopping amid an extravaganza of...

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The Writing Retreat

As a writer I fill my morning and early afternoons writing or editing or marketing. Once in a while I have the opportunity to slip away to a special retreat where I can write and think and leave the day-to-day cares, chores, and phone calls to people back home. Recently I traveled to the beautiful  second home of a writing friend. She’d assembled a group of fellow writers and invited me to join them. I left my rain and blustery western Washington weather, I thought, for cooler temps and a few snow flurries. Turns out the around the retreat weather...

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Feedback: Praise and Criticism

Feedback is a two-edged sword: we may hear compliments and/or we may hear criticism. Both are valuable. Sincere praise reassures us that we are on the right track. It sends us forward to brainstorm with new contacts and old. It means we’re contributing to their well-being and encourages us to keep on keeping on, to create new materials, to gather and share information. Then there is criticism. Even the word had a different timbre. Criticism often shakes us up. ‘What? You mean not everyone like what I said? or, “Some people didn’t gain anything from what I shared. Oh my!”...

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What’s on My Bookshelves?

I’ve just rearranged my shelves and it feels good to have some organization to my piles of books. (What I  really need is more shelves!) In our living room I have one bookshelf for my favorite books and books by friends as well as an antique set of classics, my picture books that I read with third graders, and a few college texts that I couldn’t part with even after all these years.  They share space with a dancer painting, my ballet trilogy and a couple of prized knickknacks. The rest of my books are housed on a large bookshelf...