Category Archives: Essay

Brain to Bookshelf Conference 2021

Originally posted on Andrew McDowell:
The Maryland Writers’ Association hosts a writers’ conference every year, except, of course, last year’s conference was cancelled due to the COVID shutdown. Normally held in March, they were able to host this one this…

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Banned Books Week September 26-October 2, 2021

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
This week, from September 26 through October 2 of 2021 is National Banned Books Week. Book banning and censorship is a crucial issue that should unite readers and writers. Throughout the…

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Writing vs. Marketing—Balancing the Scales

Originally posted on Andrew McDowell:
It seems that there are two sides to the coin of being a writer. The first side is writing process and everything related to the it, such as conducting research, sharing drafts with beta readers…

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Writers–Believe in Yourself!

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
  To all the writers who might see this blog, please remember to believe in yourself, in your writing, and what you are doing. Never listen to naysayers, including that voice…

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HUMMINGBIRD FUN FACTS: THE MIGHTY BEAST

Originally posted on alkaplan:
Don’t let their diminutive size fool you. Hummingbirds can be very aggressive and have been known to attack much larger birds. They are also extremely territorial and will guard their food sources fiercely. Photo by Joshua…

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The Billionaires’ Space Race

Originally posted on America the Beautiful:
Alan Zendell, July 20, 2021 This morning’s Blue Horizon launch of four people into “near space,” was perfect by every standard. It went off precisely on time, going straight up, as advertised, to a…

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MORE FIVE STAR REVIEWS FOR HUMMINGBIRD: A STAR TOUCHED STORY

Kalak S. 5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating glimpse into a surprising perspective from the world of Star Touched I can say with certainty that this short but exciting vignette makes for a great read whether it is your introduction … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW – THE CITY OF ZIRDAI BY MARIA V. SNYDER

Maria V. Snyder’s skill in creating fascinating worlds with intricate societies strikes true again in The City of Zirdai. This exciting tale has several twists as Shyla struggles to learn about magic and the power of The Eyes of Tambourah, … Continue reading

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The Underground Library Society

Originally posted on Andrew McDowell:
Many thanks to author and blogger Charles F. French for this opportunity, inspired by the Underground Library Society in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, where I discuss one of my favorite classic stories—why it’s so special…

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Preschoolers and Memorial Day

Originally posted on A Teacher's Reflections:
How do I teach preschoolers about Memorial Day? I start at the beginning, with a great book that teaches children about America. I teach them how to sing “God Bless America”, starting by…

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