Every 4th of July that I can remember, my family would sit and watch the fireworks. Each firework always got the same response: ooh, Ahhh, Ohhh.
Sounds like that would get boring. But it wasn't because there was a lot of giggling intermixed.
My daughter is weird.
When she was four, her two front teeth became abscessed. They had to be pulled.
Before you pity her, though, read on.
This little girl was so excited to get her front teeth pulled by “Dr. Don” that the night before she told her older brother, “na na, na NA na, I’m getting my teeth pulled and you don’t. na na, na NA na!”
Her brother was not envious.
All right, I have just discovered, and am sorry to announce,
The English alphabet has failed us.
One day my son heard a really funny joke and said, “lol.”
He pronounced it like “lull”.
I did laugh out loud then.
I come from the generation that invented that word!
When I was a teen, I often wrote. OK, that’s probably not surprising. But what might be surprising is I loved to write about my “morning culture” – what it was like to wake up every day as JEN (yes, the butterfly landing on a stick was something I developed as a teenager).
Sometimes I’d start the story in the middle of a dream, but more often I’d begin the prompt with the BEEP…BEEP…BEEP of my alarm going off.
I can’t exactly recall which of my children was in kindergarten when I heard this, but there was a song taught about Annie who loved to scream. The song was designed to teach budding readers the short ‘a’ sound. So in the song, “Annie said Aaaaaa…”
Can’t remember the rest of it.
Today's #AtoZChallenge post is all about length. For Writers, I'll discuss how long the book should be. For Readers, I talk about long-winded picture book titles (that are so good anyway).
If you happen to scroll down my homepage, you'll read that I write "for, about, and around children all day." But what you may not know is that I also READ for, about, to, and around children all day. So today's word is...
So I just wrote this blog post for the A to Z Challenge and just thought you might like to read it. Enjoy!
This is my first post of the 2017 AtoZ Blogging Challenge. My theme this year is "For Writers and Readers" and today's word is "Animal." For Writers, I'll be sharing my ideas about when it's OK to have anthropomorphic animals in your story, and tips on how to do that effectively. For Readers, I'll talk about nonfiction animals, and why you might sometimes find them in the picture book (fiction) section.
My superpower is lightning reflexes.
You think I'm kidding...
Hope you are enjoying the A to Z challenge, of which this post is a part. In case you don’t know, my theme is two-fold: an ABC book recommendation and an installment of my own story. Catch up on my past posts or simply read on for today’s post –
This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. If this is your first visit to my blog, you may want to check out my previous posts this year. Otherwise, welcome back! Enjoy today’s post –
This is the first post of the A to Z Blog Challenge. As promised, I’m doing a double theme. Each post this month will feature an Alphabet book (ABC picture book) and an installment of my own alphabetical story.
After today, all posts will have a link to the previous installments and book picks.
As high as you can.
Zenith is the opposite of Nadir.
Figuratively, the zenith is how about 1500 bloggers are feeling right now. They've posted their final Z post and won the challenge for 2015.
In books, the zenith is the highest emotional point of the story. It's the point where everything is going right. If that point is in the beginning of the book, then be ready for a crash, or at least a collision. Something is bound to go wrong soon.
If the zenith is in the middle of the book, it's usually in conjunction with an anti-climax.
Let me detour a little : A climax or turning point normally has a crisis attached. Something is going wrong and the main character needs to take action to solve, fix, escape, or otherwise deal with the crisis. But if the main character is at an emotional zenith, then there isn't any visible crisis. Therefore the turning point is generally an anti-climax. After all, from a zenith, the only way is to go down.
OK, we're back. Did you enjoy that detour? Good. Moving on.
Often a main character at the zenith in the middle is feeling overconfident. "What could go wrong? My plan is perfect." That's when something is about to go wrong.
When the character is at a zenith at the end of a story, it usually means that a nadir was in the middle, or at the beginning of the story. I wrote about the Nadir, or "darkest moment" in my N post.
I guess what we see here is the need for balance. Also change. Think about it: if the character is at a Zenith all the way through the story, then you really have no story. Or if you do, then it's awfully flat.
What's your zenith?
Today, I have Maria Bostian doing my Y post. She's the author of What Should Daisy Do? and she wrote a poem about safety for my post today, PLUS some activities and safety questions.
I'm so thrilled to have her visiting on my blog. Like Maria, I think fire safety is sooo important, and we need books like this to help open the conversation about being more safety aware.
OK, enough babbling on my part. Read on for all the Goodies Maria has for us today.
Y is for: Say, “YES” to Fire Safety –
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