Showing posts from July, 2017

What's the different between comics and novels?

Blog Tour Author: Dan Jolley Featured Book Release: Gray Widow's Web July 19-26, 2017 Today I'm delighted to welcome author Dan Jolley to my blog. Author and creator of Gray Widow, writer of video games, comic books and novels, he's touring the internet with Gray Widow's web and he's stopped here on my blog to tell us about how all those different types of writing fit together. Thank you Dan, and welcome! Over the years, I’ve met a few novelists who’ve said things like, “Wow, I could never imagine writing a comic book,” or “Man, I can’t believe how hard writing comics is compared with writing novels.” Since I started out writing comics, and only later moved to prose, that struck me a little funny to begin with. But they were totally right about comics being a difficult medium to master. It’s incredibly rigid: you’ve got a set number of pages, a maximum number of panels on a page (depending on the artist you’re working with), you’ve got to manage your

Would You Have Been Colorblind?

Today I'm delighted to welcome Leah Harper Bowron, author of the novel Colorblind, to my blog - a novel of the recent past with a powerful message for present-day middle-grade students. Colorblind is set in 1968. In Montgomery, Alabama.,Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sen. Bobby Kennedy have been assassinated. War is raging in Vietnam, and on the playground of the all-white Wyatt Elementary School. Schoolyard bullies tease sixth grader Lisa Parker because of the way her nose looks. Lisa frequently develops a stomachache and checsk out of school to escape the bullies, until sixth grade teacher Miss Annie Loomis came to Wyatt. Miss Loomis just happens to be the first African American at Wyatt, and Lisa loves her English class. Now, when the bullies tease Lisa, she stays in school so that she can be in Miss Loomis’ class. Then something terrible happens that will change Lisa and Miss Loomis forever. Racism rears its ugly head at Wyatt, and now Lisa is not the only victim of

One day I'll sort out all my websites

One day I'll sort out all my websites, blogs, links, connections and other wondrously ethereal e-things. Meanwhile, in an effort to answer a friend and at least sort out what I've got, here's my quick and easy guide to getting started with a blog. Note to self - "a blog," not a gazillion blogs! Note to anyone reading this - HELP! Any advice you can offer would be most welcome!  - (Was it blogspot before it was blogger, or was it the other way around...? Anyway, this is where I started long years ago...) Blogger let me create blogs free - so I foolishly made five of them: which is where you are now. which was meant to look like a webpage because I wanted a place to post scraps of writing as a webpage for my Bible stories and for my Bible studies - the "blog" connected

How Much Do You Have To Learn, and how do we learn?

Imagine a world full of colors and things and words and the strangeness of how it fits together. Imagine the page with its two-dimensional picture pulling you in. Imagine shapes on the page. They're called words. They have sounds attached, just like the shapes in the pictures... the shapes in the world. And slowly it all comes together. Author Efrat Shoham imagines that world of the 0-3 year old perfectly, and offers those simple sets of words that inspire imagination and learning in the My First ... books. My First Blue Book is drawn around a very cool cat--a soothing blueness offering the perfect bed-time read. 15 printed words are presented with illustrations designed to invite story-building and fun. Then there's My First Yellow Book , bright as the morning sun and drawn around sunshine and rain. Again, just 15 words. My First Red book presents the curious adventures of the color red as a family enjoy a day at the beach. All three are delightfully illustrated by differe

What world would you choose?

If you could choose your perfect world, what would it look like? The characters in Endurance of the Free by James Litherland , third in his Miraibanashi trilogy, are out to change their technologically superior world into something more human, but they'll have to ponder the implications of every change they make. Meanwhile they're striving to hide, fight or flee in an intriguingly futuristic Japanese world of overlords and underlings. There's lots of food for thought--what world would you choose? Drink some bold dark intense five-star coffee while you think. The Japanese world of Miraibanashi stands in contrast to the starkly real and vividly different world of Then She Was Born by Cristiano Gentili . Both worlds might seem strange to modern American readers, but Then She Was Born is set in a very real present-day Tanzania, highlighting the plight of albino Africans and misfits everywhere. It's a terrifying, haunting tale--a difficult read at times, but powerful and e

Got to love, murder & mayhem, surely?

Today I'm delighted to welcome the wonderful authors and editor of Love Murder & Mayhem to spread some... love on my blog. (Please, no murder or mayhem - they should only exist in books!) So enjoy! About the Book Love science fiction stories that all include elements of   Love, Murder & Mayhem ?  Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy 8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with superheros and supervillains. AIs, off-worlders, and space cruisers. We’ve also got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travelers, aliens and monsters—and one DuckBob! With tales ranging from wild and wacky to dark and gritty to heartbreaking and fun, take the deadly leap with authors Meriah Crawford, Paige Daniels, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Lois S