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…

Author Q and A: Kenneth Wishnia
Author Q&A / March 1, 2011

Author Kenneth Wishnia (Website) wrote the unique book “The Fifth Servant” (Book Review) a smart mystery which is funny and interesting. The book is an interesting read about the Jewish ghetto in Prague and takes place around 500 years ago.  The novel is filled with Jewish folklore,  humor as well as Yiddish, German and Hebrew words and phrases which challenge the reader. Q. You pepper “The Fifth Servant” with a lot of Yiddish and German words, either explaining them almost immediately or letting the reader understand the meaning within the context, were you fear of alienating readers because of that? A. Sure, that was part of it. My aim was a bit like the old ads for Levy’s rye bread: You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this book. I wanted the text to be “user friendly,” but not overly so. A number of classic novels such as A Clockwork Orange and The Color Purple are written in non-standard English that is quite challenging at first, but the reader gradually becomes used to the “alienating” language of the text, and ultimately is rewarded for the effort. Q. I have seen on your website you have visited Prague. How did…

Guest Post: 5 Reasons You’re Not Writing Your Novel
Guest Posts / March 1, 2011

5 Reasons You’re Not Writing Your Novel This post was written by Jessica Stilling who also writes for buy adderall now and medical assistant So you’ve always wanted to be a writer. Maybe you got that fancy MFA, or you sit in your room during all hours of the night typing away, or maybe you fantasize about what it would be like to be a best selling author at your day job. Whatever the case, you know it’s time to write that novel and yet you’re waiting. Why? Here are a few reasons you might be waiting, and a few reasons why putting it off would be the worst mistake of your life. #1. You don’t have time. Make time. Yes, you have a job, a family, a social life. There are bills to pay and a girlfriend to keep happy. You don’t need to give up your life, or your income, to write, just set aside some time. Wake up an hour earlier and write a few pages every day, set aside a few hours on the weekend when you would otherwise be breezing through an entire season of Dexter. Evaluate how you’re using your time and see where…

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