Archive for December, 2011


More Quotes

December 27, 2011

You can’t say, I won’t write today because that excuse will extend into several days, then several months, then… you are not a writer anymore, just someone who dreams about being a writer. –Dorothy C. Fontana



Imagination is more important than knowledge. –Albert Einstein


I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil. –Truman Capote



Rule of Threes and the Winter Solstice

December 20, 2011

A rule of thumb in writing: don’t make your lists longer than three. Rules are made to be broken, right?

This time of year bombards us with much stimulation. Chanukah lights, red ribbon, mistletoe, Santa, nativity scenes, dreidals, Kwanza promises, New Year’s resolutions, Christmas cookies, holiday pounds, and . . . are you tired yet? I am. And yes, I am a rule breaker.

Besides the many wonderful religious holidays, this time of year marks the return of the sun. The winter solstice falls between December 21st and 22nd. My dad used to tell me the blend was his favorite day of the year. Never mind that the 21st is my birthday and the 22nd is my mom’s, but I knew the day held triple meaning for him. He was a spring kind of guy. But, for me, the winter solstice brings about a bit of sadness. Call me crazy but I love cozy nights by candlelight. I love celebrating all of the traditions this time of year has to offer. It is a lot. But aren’t celebrations all about abundance? Rule of three beware. I’m breaking bad. Here’s the list of what I love this time of year:  Yule logs, Christmas cards, snowflakes, gingerbread houses, latkes, chestnuts by the fire (actually, I hate chestnuts but they always sound so good), the smell of sweet balsam, magic, Christmas cards, Rudolph, secrets and surprises, school parties, family phone calls, and the longest night of the year.

Happy winter solstice to all and to all a good night.


Kid-lit: the Breakdown

December 13, 2011

After reading my blog about genre, a few people asked me to comment about kid-lit. Basically, the genres are the same. However, when writing for children, an author must identify the age of the reader. This will classify the book as a board book, picture book, an early reader, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult. Within each group, there are particular genres, including classical literature.

Here’s the breakdown, although there’s no hard and fast rule:

Board books: up to 3 years of age

Picture books: 2-5 years

Early readers:  5-7 years

Chapter books: 6-8 years

Middle grade: 8-12 years

Young adult: 12-18 years

Then of course, kids become adults. Usually.


What’s your Favorite Book?

December 6, 2011

My senior year in college I was on a quest to read everything I’d missed in my education. Well, kind of.

By asking my friends, family, and colleagues to give me the names of their favorite reads, I created an incredible reading list. What was curious was that friends, who did not know each other but had similar personalities, had some of the same favorite books on their lists. I haven’t updated the project in years. So, I’ll do it now.

If you’re willing, post your favorite fifty right here. Try and mix it up. If War and Peace really is your favorite, definitely add it to the list. But give us your favorite kid-lit as well. Hop on Pop?

If you don’t have fifty, two will do. Or ten. It doesn’t matter; just post some favorite books so we can all get reading!