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  • For Those Who Write Short: How to Lengthen Your Manuscript
    For Those Who Write Short: How to Lengthen Your Manuscript
    July 17, 2019 by
    In online and in-person writing circles, I often hear fellow writers bemoan having to cut down their lengthy manuscripts. “Oh no!,” they wail. “I have to cut 30,000 words!” My problem is a different one. I write short. My first drafts tend to be one-half to two-thirds the suggested word counts. I used to feel insecure about this, but now I think this is my process. I feel a little like a painter—I do the broadbrush outline first, then with each draft add more detail and depth. I’ve come up with a few ways to...
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  • KidLit Auction for Refugees
    Standing Against Border Camps: #AuthorsforFamilies has launched an auction to raise money to help migrant families being held in intolerable conditions in border camps. They’re already more than halfway to their $20,000 goal, in fact, one item alone has more than $1,000 in bids. All proceeds will be donated to RAICES, an organization that provides free and low-cost legal services to migrant families and refugees. The auction has a huge slate of offerings, including critiques, books, book swag, and consultation services from well-known authors and agents. You have until July 22 to check it out and bid on your favorite...
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  • Spread the Word!
    Spread the Word!
    July 8, 2019 by
    There’s an old adage in two of my favorite endeavors, science & baseball, that states, “The numbers don’t lie.”  Data is collected, analyzed, and then used to draw conclusions that can be accepted or challenged. For example, if the baseball data shows 85% of the times I strike out it’s...
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STEM Tuesday
  • STEM Tuesday-- Tiny Worlds (Microscopic/Nanotech)- In the Classroom
    STEM Tuesday– Tiny Worlds (Microscopic/Nanotech)- In the Classroom
    This month’s STEM Tuesday theme revolves around the small, the tiny, and the microscopic—from nanotechnology to microorganisms. Microbes and fungus may be small, but their effects in the world are far from that. They are vital to Earth’s complex, constantly cycling systems, which range from microscopic to monumental. What could...
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  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Still Relevant
    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Still Relevant
    July 4, 2019 by
    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit When beloved children’s book author Judith Kerr passed away in May at the age of 95, I’d been about two weeks into reading to my two sons her classic and still relevant middle-grade novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. This was a seminal book for...
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New Releases

  • July New Releases
    July New Releases
    July 1, 2019 by
    Summer is in full swing, and we have a list of brand new middle-grade reads to get you through those lazy July afternoons.   Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray (Elements of Genius #1) (Hardcover) By Jess Keating, Lissy Marlin (Illustrator) Ocean’s 11 meets Spy School in this hilarious...
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