Monthly Archives: May 2015

Got Beach Read Recommendations? by Lindsay Bandy

Hear ye, hear ye! Summer has arrived, and this is an all-call for summer reading recommendations! Okay, it’s not “officially” summer yet, but it’s June, it’s hot, it’s crazy busy, the kids are finishing up with school, and vacations are … Continue reading

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Killing Off Your Two-Headed Monsters, by Lindsay Bandy

Writing is brave work, especially when it comes to the tricky badlands of your personal business. When a real-life person inspires a fictional character, we sensitive writers are often afraid that the subject of our inspiration will recognize him/herself. We … Continue reading

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Going into the Basement: Confronting Fear and Writing, by Lori Ann Palma

Picture a scene from a horror movie—it usually goes something like this: The heroine sits on the couch to watch television after putting the kids to bed. She’s alone, it’s dark out, and it’s pouring buckets of rain outside. She … Continue reading

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Real Fiction, by Eva Polites

Is there any true fiction? I would venture to say that the answer is no. As a writer, I draw upon my own experiences, observations, and research. Most of my characters have traits that I have observed in others or … Continue reading

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Reining in Picture Book Back Story, by Anna Forrester

 Way too often on a first draft, I lead with back story. It’s a habit I hope to outgrow as my writing matures. But in the meantime, I need strategies to fix it once all that background info is already there, … Continue reading

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The 2015 Martin Luther King Living the Dream Book Award Goes to….Our Very Own Pamela Tuck!

We would like to extend a big congratulations and hug to Pam Tuck, author of As Fast As Words Could Fly! 100 NYC 5th graders voted on May 6 to decide which book (out of the top 10 finalists) would win … Continue reading

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Time to Doodle & Sketch : Why iPhone Cameras are Wonderful, by Ashley Lucas

 I was definitely the very last person I know to get an iPhone last November. I had heard stories about all the great things it can do for years, but I was skeptical. Well, I must say after using it … Continue reading

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