Dr. Seuss – Birthday Facts
Fun Facts Friday / March 2, 2011

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 1)      If Dr. Seuss were alive he’d be 107 years old today. 2)      Dr. Seuss’ first book “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before it found a publisher. 3)      Dr. Seuss never had children and according to his wife Audrey he was slightly afraid of them and “couldn’t just sit down on the floor and play with them”. 4)      Seuss was Mrs. Geisel’s (his mother) maiden name. 5)      During his service in the US Army Signal Corps Geisel worked with a wonderful group who would later become animation pioneers such as legendary Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones and renowned voice actor  Mel Blanc. 6)      Dr. Seuss dropped out of Oxford and never received his doctorate. 7)      Dr. Seuss wrote “The Cat in the Hat” because he thought children stories were too boring. 8)      “Green Eggs and Ham” was written as a bet between Geisel and his publisher to come up with a story which uses exactly 50 words (a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat,…

Guest Post: 5 Essential Ingredients for Romance
Guest Posts / March 2, 2011

5 Essential Ingredients for Romance by Kameron Lo who also writes for online accounting degrees and sonogram tech among other fine sites I love a good romance novel: it’s a great escape from the troubles and boredom of everyday life to fantasize about exciting, romantic adventures worlds away. Having read so many of these exciting detours from reality, I’ve boiled down 5 essential ingredients for romance. This is what every romantic novel needs to be tantalizing, riveting, and give me butteflies. DIK ladies read on and compare notes! A “spark” moment: Towards the beginning of the novel, there needs to be some kind of happening to spark the romance, to lay the foundation for the love, heartbreak, and (hopefully) happy ending waiting at the end where the lovers drift off in the sunset, content in each others’ arms. There needs to be something to create the romantic tension and see the possibility of romance between two often opposite characters. Conflict to keep the lovers apart: Love is not easy, we all know that, and so the characters in these fantasies shouldn’t have it easy either! Plus, if they were ever to live happily ever after right off the bat, it…

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