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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I've been considering (with some reluctance) writing a sequel to my book My Friend The Werewolf. The major reason for my reluctance is that many times sequels are not as good, not as fresh and exciting as the original. That may be because the sequel is forced out of an original idea, and now I must find something equally as exciting for the next step...and should there be a next step? But people have been asking me when the next is coming, so I have been considering. I have even gone as far as writing down some ideas and a story line. But, I must take a few steps back, take a hard look at what is there, and decide if it's worth the effort. Then, again, I love the characters in my original story - and there was this unanswered question at the end of the story. In fact, there were a couple of things left unanswered after the final paragraph. So, maybe in the back of my mind I had a sequel waiting to the explored.

Oh, don't you just love writing your questions down so that you can look at them, think about them in black and white? Sometimes questions answer themselves when you take the time to write them out.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Considering Words

When trying to decide on which adjective or verb to use to describe what's going on in one of my children's stories, I try to pick unusual words, words that kids don't use every day. It not only broadens their vocabulary, but gets them thinking about different ways to say things. I believe using words that are not as well known, words that you can wrap your tongue around like a spoonful of peach sorbet, first of all has a long-lasting effect on the reader, but secondly, gives children an insight as to how delicate or bold language can be merely by changing one word. Reading beautiful poetry instills in me a sense of how versatile the English language is; and for children, maybe it can open their senses to the possibility of words. 

E. B. White said "Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net. They love words that give them a hard time, provided they are in a context that absorbs their attention."