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Help! How do I Name my Characters in a Young Adult Fantasy Story?

When I was creating the series of Legends of Green Isle, one of the biggest obstacles I came across was naming characters. I didn't want them to sound silly. (I could see them frowning at times when I posed a name that was reminiscent of a comic book hero). Fantasy characters like my dragons, elves,… Continue reading Help! How do I Name my Characters in a Young Adult Fantasy Story?

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Feeling your characters’ emotions: Writing a great Young Adult story.

If there is one thing I could suggest to people who want to be great writers, I would say, "feel your characters' emotions." Everyone can tell a good joke, but there are just some people who are better at it than others. It's usually the individuals who are able to convey emotion along with their words… Continue reading Feeling your characters’ emotions: Writing a great Young Adult story.

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Finishing Strong in a YA Fantasy Series (Concluding book two “The Mirror Sliver.”)

As any writer knows, its finishing that last sentence of the story which is the trophy of any writing. When writing a series, books can be spaced apart as many as three years, and it can be difficult remembering certain points or plots which you constructed in a previous book. So how do you finish… Continue reading Finishing Strong in a YA Fantasy Series (Concluding book two “The Mirror Sliver.”)

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The End! Or is it?

Well this last semester of undergraduate work is winding down.  I have less than two weeks of student teaching left and I find that I have to admit - I am going to miss the kids.  I've enjoyed being with these ninth graders from Union County High School, and they've taught me a great deal of what it means… Continue reading The End! Or is it?

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Are You Committed?

The past couple of days I've really been thinking a great deal about this word, commitment.  This semester is the last semester I have of classes before I do my student teaching and I've started to prepare my applications for graduate school.  I've sent the manuscripts of Book One "The Forgotten Spell" and half of Book Two "The Mirror… Continue reading Are You Committed?

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Why do we Write?

The other day I saw this statistic "over 770,000 new books will be released this year." (Don't remember where I read it though) These books are from authors who are well-known and those, who are like me, not so well-known.  I asked myself this question, "Why do I write?"  Why do I write if I am such a… Continue reading Why do we Write?

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Persistence is the main ingredient in life.

Today I was up at 7:00 am and watched as the sun came up over the mountain across the way.  A remanent of a low mist still hung in the air and the sunlight filtered through it and the trees, making our two acres greener than ever.  I just had to take a picture, but… Continue reading Persistence is the main ingredient in life.

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Awesome Friend, Cindy Brown and Her “Sunshine Award.” A WooHoo Week!

It's been one of those weeks when everything that could go wrong with technology in our house is going wrong.  Well not everything, just the computers. I am not mobile anymore as now my laptop has to be plugged into the router in order to get online.  How in the heck did we manage before this?  I actually… Continue reading Awesome Friend, Cindy Brown and Her “Sunshine Award.” A WooHoo Week!