Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
My selection is "The Fastest Game on Two Feet: and other poems about how sports began" written by Alice Low with illustrations by John O'Brien.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
My selection is "Soar, Elinor!" by Tami Lewis Brown with pictures by Francois Roca.
Brown tells the story of a remarkable aviatrix whose life spanned the golden age of flight. Brown's narrative focuses on Elinor Smith's stunt flying -- On a dare, nineteen-year-0ld Elinor flew her Waco 10 under all four of New York City's East River Bridges.
Brown, who interviewed Smith, provides additional biographical notes about this remarkable woman who took her first flight in 1917 when she was six and earned her pilot's licence at 16 becoming the youngest licensed pilot in the world. She went on to become a test pilot and eventually "flew" NASA'S space shuttle simulator at the age of 88. During her lifetime, she set records for altitude, endurance, and speed and was named the "Best Woman Pilot in America" shortly after her twentieth birthday.
Brown captures Elinor Smith's passion and determination in this beautifully illustrated book.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Writing for Beginners...
- "I've always dreamed of being a writer."
- "I've got this idea for a book."
- "My friends/family keep telling me I should write down some of the great stories I tell."
If that's you then it's time to stop procrastinating and get to work. It's the only way you will ever know if the life of a writer is what you really want. I don't know if you'll succeed, but you'll never find out until you make the attempt.
"You will have to write and put away or burn a lot of material before you are comfortable in this medium. You might as well start now and get the work done for I believe that eventually quantity will make for quality." Ray Bradbury.
"As a younger man I wrote for eight years without ever earning a nickel which is a long apprenticeship, but in that time I learned a lot about my trade." -- James Michener
It won't be easy. Take a class. Find a mentor. Join a workshop. And don't give up.