Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ransom Jack!!!!!!!

Dear fellow writers,

I have just received news of an alarming nature.  My good friend Miss Jack Lewis Baillot has been kidnapped, locked up and is being held for ransom by her characters!!!!  She is due to leave for a holiday on the 14th of March, but if the ransom does not reach her characters in time, she will stay locked up.  That means no holiday for her, and no more Jack in blogland!!  I'm sure everyone who knows Jack agrees that this is a dreadful calamity. 

Fortunately for her and us, the ransom has been set.  The characters have decided that the ransom is to be short stories.  Write a short story and send it to them.  If they receive enough stories by March 12th, they will release Jack.  The kidnappers are not picky.  The entries do not have to be a certain length, or about a certain subject or genre.

The kidnappers will read the stories and choose a winner.  The winner will receive a signed copy of Jack's newest book, Abolished Impracticality.

Send the entries in to the kidnappers at jacklewisbaillot@gmail.com.  For more information, visit THIS POST.

Fellow writers, it is our duty to join forces to free Jack!!!!!


Miss Melody Muffin

Snippets of Story: February 2014

Snippets of Story is a monthly link-up hosted by Katie at Whisperings of the Pen.  Without further ado, here are snippets from what I wrote in January.



    "You know, if there was one thing I didn’t miss these last five months, it was all the teasing we normally get."
    "Gosh, me either!  If only there was a way to keep that away for good…."
    "Are you thinking what I’m thinking?" I asked after a minute.
    "Of course, unless we’ve lost our mutual mental telepathy in the last 5 months."
Sub Rosa


    "Handler 119 to Agent 888, Agent 889 needs instant extraction."
    I huffed in annoyance, "Now what has he gone and gotten himself into that I have to pull him out of?!  Can’t he ever take care of himself?  I'm in the middle of an important investigation here.  Is there no other agent that can go?"
    "Negative, Agent 888."
    "Oh brother!  Very well then.  I’ll be on my way in half an hour.  And won’t I take it out of him later!"
Sub Rosa



     "Ironic, is it not?  My parents both died protecting the last hope of Cambria."
    "My father died in the same manner," he said quietly.  "I never even knew him."
    She turned her head and they locked eyes.  It was a look of mutual sympathy and shared pain.
The Three Kyngdoms


    "I’m going to go watch over him," Caie murmured, standing up.
    "Caie," his father said warningly.
    "I know, Father," Caie said impatiently, before Antor could say more.  "I won’t trouble him.  I know him too well for that.  But, I will be there should he need me."  Without waiting for a reply, he strode from the room.
The Three Kyngdoms


    Arimathe was beaming proudly.  “There are none of Roland’s blood who do not instinctively know the sight of that sword.  I infer Dominus wove it into their blood.”
The Three Kyngdoms


    “I know you will smash all of those Shadows to pieces,” Berwyn told them proudly.
    “Bring me back one of their strange black horses,” Cadoc said.  “I want to see one.”
    Seren shuddered.  Cadoc did not know what he asked.
The Three Kyngdoms



    "There were days I used to wonder how any human being could land in as many scrapes as you do."
    "And you don't now?"
    "Not anymore."
    "Why don't you mind pulling me out of them time and time again?"
    "Because it is your compassionate heart that lands you in them, and that is a rare and honorable thing in this day and age."
The Lion and the Rose


    "That is three safe.  And it is of no use to ask you if you will still risk your life to rescue the others."
    Zahira shook her head, "No use at all.  I took a vow not to rest until all of my family are safe."
    "No matter that many of them turned their backs on you," Lujayn said pointedly.
The Lion and the Rose



    “You and Mataro started a snowball and it keeps gaining momentum.  But, we don’t have time to discuss it further right now.  You finish that breakfast up and then go finish getting your makeup done.”
    “Yes, ma’am,” Johari sassed.
    Taruba shook her head.  Anyone who thought the position of Head Lassi to the Crown Princess an enviable one, had never met Johari. 
Pearl of Loyalty



Miss Melody Muffin

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities Tag

Eva at Ramblings of a Janeite was hosting a blog party centered on Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities the last five days.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, she had to end the party two days earlier than she had originally planned.  I didn't get this tag filled out while the party was still going on, but I figured I could still post it.


How were you introduced to A Tale Of Two Cities?
I saw the title on lists of classic literature years ago.

Have you read the book, seen a movie adaption, and/or watched/listened to the musical?
I read the book last year, and I've listened to the musical soundtrack several times.

Who is your favorite character?
I don't have just one favorite.  I admire Carton and Darnay equally, pity Dr. Manette, think Lucie is sweet and feel sorry for her, and find Mr. Lorry and Miss Pross fantastic.

Who is your least favorite character?
The Marquis St. Evremonde.  I can't tell you how many times I wanted to strangle him.

What's one of your favorite scenes from the book (if you've read it)?
When Sydney kisses Lucie and whispers, "A life you love."

What's one of your favorite songs from the musical (if you've watched it)?
Until Tomorrow.  I may or may not have been known to go around the house singing it at the top of my lungs....


Share some of your favorite quotes! (book or musical)
My all time favorite quote is:
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.

Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.

Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself.

He knew enough of the world to know that there is nothing in it better than the faithful service of the heart.

What was the last ATOTC-related thing you did/watched/read?

Listened to the musical soundtrack album again.  Before that, re-read part of the book a few months ago.

What character do you think you're the most like?
Ummm, Charles Darnay, probably.  Like him, I'd do just about anything to save a friend.

If you could meet any character, who would it be and why?

I'd like to meet the Darnays' son Sydney because I want to hear the story of his family's deliverance as told by him.


Miss Melody Muffin

Friday, February 21, 2014

Writing For Children Part Four: My Siblings

I think I've stated before that the biggest influence on my writing has been my family.  I have eleven siblings.  I've told them stories all their lives.  So, in a way, writing for children comes rather easily to me, because most of the time, I'm just writing down stories I've told them.  My six youngest siblings range in age from ten to two.  They in particular, have been a huge influence on my writing the last few years.  A great deal of what I've learned about writing for children has come from their reactions to stories I told them.

As I've also said before, the inspiration for my fictional world of Quara came directly from my younger siblings.  Without them, it would never have been written.  It all started one night a few years ago when four of the six were having a camp-out/sleepover outside and just would not settle down and go to sleep.  The tomboy (see below) was especially wild.  I needed something that would calm them down and fast.  Hence, a spur of the moment story focusing on this mischievous little princess, a fictional version of said tomboy sister.  Within a few moments of beginning the story all four siblings were quiet and listening eagerly.  I made up the story as I went along, adapting it to the interest of my audience.  Were their eyes sparkling?  I continued in that vein of the story.  Were they looking bored and growing restless?  Spice it up with some unexpected twist.  By the end of fifteen minutes, I'd spun a short story about the princess and her pets hiding in an abandoned part of the castle, and everyone else spending half the day looking for them, along with a fairly realistic explanation for how they could hide without any of the numerous guards having seen them go into hiding.

The children liked it so much they insisted I write it down- and thus evolved this fictional world.  My biggest inspiration continues to be them and their everyday play worlds and games.  The Royal Family of Esidaraq is a fictionalized version of my own family.  Each sibling is represented by a sibling in the Royal Family, though some details have of course been changed, to protect the guilty, er, innocent.  :)

The likes and dislikes of each child have also influenced the events in Quara.  The eldest of the six younger children is sensitive and easily bored.  Yet, being a boy, he likes violence.  So, I have to write violence in a way that will not scare him, but will still give him the thrilling excitement he's looking for.  Also, I have to keep things moving at a pace that holds his interest.

The second boy is All Boy, as we like to call him sometimes.  Teasing, tormenting, rough and tumble.  However, he is also a bit of a dandy- he's very particular about his clothes (his dress clothes anyway).  I have to write plenty of adventure for him as well as include details about the princes' clothes, not just the princesses'.

The eldest girl is of the six loves princesses, fancy gowns, dancing, tea parties and etiquette.  She is definitely a girly girl.  So, for her, I put in plenty of balls, tea parties and the elaborate etiquette of the Court of Esidaraq.

The next sister is a tomboy through and through.  For her, a princess who rides and fights with the boys, but still behaves like a girl.  (Which also happens to be the kind of girl I love to write.  It was my favorite type to read about when I was younger, too.)

The youngest girl is a very precise, orderly type- much like myself.  Looking at her, I find it easier to remember what I was like when I was younger, and that in turn, guides the story.

The baby is a little too young to have played a major role yet, but there are little habits of his that add color and inspiration to the story.

Consistently, after I've been working on worldbuilding in Quara, I go to the children and ask their opinions on what I've done.  I read them each chapter as I finish it.  Their reactions help me know what is working and what isn't in the story.  Between the five of them (the baby is a little too young yet to weigh in) I have all the help and advice I could wish for.

They have been invaluable to me, and I'm very thankful for them- and not just because they help me with my writing.  :D



Miss Melody Muffin


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Writing For Children Part Three: Heroes and Villains

“Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”
C. S. Lewis


What I've learned about writing heroes in children's stories:

Make them heroes!  
Heroes really worth looking up to.  Heroes who are true role models.  Who consistently choose the right path.  Who stand up for truth, for honor, for right.  Heroes who will be shining stars in a child's firmament and who will inspire them to stand for everything good and right in the world.

But, I don't think this means you should make them perfect.  Don't make them gods.  They are human, they will make mistakes and sometimes people will suffer because of their mistakes.  Make them realistic mistakes, like not listening to a mentor and thus finding himself on a hilltop fighting off half a dozen wolves.  Make sure the mistakes make sense within the story though.  Don't have them make stupid, random mistakes, just to make them human.  And don't load them down with mistakes.  Just a few to keep them real people.



Writing Villains:

Don't shy away from writing evil just because you are writing for children.  
Most children are exposed to the fact that there is evil in the world at an early age.  From a few years old, they understand that there are choices in life and that some choices are good and others are bad.  They understand evil.  And your heroes can't be heroes unless there is something or someone for them to fight.  So give them villains, whether it is evil emperors trying to take over the world or flaming dragons terrorizing the countryside.

However, I've learned to be careful how I portray the evil and the villains.  Don't go overboard with the darkness or intensity levels.  As a child, I loved being on the edge of my seat with suspense, but it doesn't take very much to frighten a child.  When I'm writing adventure stories for children, I'm trying to give them an exciting story, not scar them for life.  I need to give them enough good versus evil that it is suspenseful without making them put the book down because they are scared.


Make the villains BAD.
When writing books for children, I learned that it is best to draw clear lines between black and white and keep it that way.  Make the villains black and have them stay that way.  Don't give children many gray characters.  It's best if you keep the morally and ethically ambiguous villains for other stories aimed at older readers.  Children aren't stupid, but neither are many of them capable of wrestling through heavy ethics or morals.

This does not mean you can't have a villain repent!  Just keep it simple and straightforward.



Give children heroes they can really look up to and want to emulate.  Give the heroes something to fight.  But draw clear lines between right and wrong, between black and white, between dark and light.  Save the gray areas for older people.



Tomorrow will be my last post in this little series.  I'll be going into detail about how my younger siblings have helped my writing.


Miss Melody Muffin

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Scribblers' Conference Tag

My answers to the tag Anne created for the Scribblers' Conference.  Visit this post to answer the tag yourself, or to see other participants' links.


1. Do you think it's more important to listen to your characters or to follow the idea of the book as originally conceived?
Definitely listen to your characters.  They should be the driving force behind your story, so if you aren't listening to them, then why are you writing the story?

2. If you could pick a fictional man to become alive and marry you who would you pick? {note: this is not asking whom you consider the greatest hero but whom you would be the most comfortable spending the rest of your life with}
Oh my... I can think of about half a dozen, at least, that would fit the bill.  *puts on thinking cap to choose just one*  To be frank, I think it would have to be Lee Kang-to from Bridal Mask.

3.  What is your favorite protagonist and antagonist pair?
I have several favorites.  My top favorites at the moment are: The Scarlet Pimpernel and Chauvelin, Jean Valjean and Javert, Lee Kang-to and Kimura Shunji from Bridal Mask and the three-way protagonist/antagonist triangle Lee Yoon-sung, Kim Young-joo and Lee Jin-pyo from City Hunter.

4. If you had to do without one of the following in your story which would it be?
 A. The Dark Moment when the hero is at rock bottom and can't do anything
 B. The Moment of Decision when the hero makes an actual goal and starts following it{leading thereby to the story itself}
C. The Resolution- the reconciliation of the hero with his or her inner struggles and outer struggles

Um, none of the above?  Wait, that wasn't the question.  Well, if you don't have B, you don't have a story.  And if you don't have C, you don't have an ending for the story.  So, I'll choose A.

5. In modern fiction which genre do you think shows the most tendency toward good character development?
The emerging genre of epic, clean adventure, typified by authors Jessica Greyson, Kendra Ardnek and many others I have the privilege of knowing or knowing of.

6. Have you ever "fallen for" the villain? {Note I do not mean thought he was a good guy but rather WISHED  he was the good guy and rooted for him}
I never used to, but I've found myself doing this a lot lately.  It started with Tom Hiddleston's Loki in Avengers.  Now, several of Mirriam Neal and Katherine Sophia's characters have evoked this feeling in me, plus a few of my own.

7. Do you prefer writing about your protagonist or side characters?
Hmmm, side characters usually, but my protagonists are becoming more and more interesting to me.  The evolving style of a writer....

8. What do you think is the most cliched and overdone character in fiction?
This is hard choice, because there are a lot of character cliches in fiction.  I think the biggest one is the lovesick Disney-style fairy tale princess.

9. Which do you think is more important, making your reader feel or making him think?
I hope to do both, but if I had to choose, I'd rather make them think.

10.  And lastly what do you think are three most important elements to being a hero?
Faith 
He/she needs to have faith in what they are fighting for, and that faith will sustain them through even the darkest moments.
Perseverance
No matter how many times they are knocked down, literally or figuratively, they always get back up and go on fighting.
Love
If they don't love or care for something or someone, then what are they fighting for?



Miss Melody Muffin

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Writing For Children Part Two: The Don'ts

Hello, my friends.

Over the years, I've also learned a few things you should not do when writing for children.

#1: Don't patronize.
Children hate it when adults are condescending to them.  Remeber when you were a child and said something you thought was cool or smart, only to have an adult patronize you?  Remember how annoyed and angry, and possibly hurt you felt?  Writing in a patronizing style is a sure way to turn a child off your story.


#2: Don't moralize.
It is a commonly held belief by some persons that, "Every good story should have a moral!"  I disagree... in part.  I personally don't spend a lot of time and effort on making sure my story has a moral.  When I was a child, I hated stories that were simply a vehicle for a moral.  However, I do believe that good stories should clearly delineate between right and wrong.  If you clearly distinguish between right and wrong, you shouldn't have to worry too much about 'putting in a moral'.  It will naturally be there.  A friend of mine recently put it this way: "Tell a good story and the lessons will follow."  I can't agree with her more.


#3: Don't make it unrealistic.
It is true that in a story where children are the main focus, there will naturally be a greater emphasis on child heroes.  But, don't go overboard.  I mean, how much sense does this make: "Oh, no one in this castle believes me that there is this horrific enemy attack coming.  They all think I'm just babbling off the top of my head.  Why is it so unbelievable that I was hanging upside down practicing standing on my head and those two traitors just stood there and talked about their evil plans in front of me and didn't notice me at all, even when I crashed to the ground in shock at what they said?  Well, since no one believes me, I'll have to go to the capital and tell the king himself.  I just have to sneak out of this castle that is teeming with guards and people everywhere, travel fifty miles on my own, riding the fastest horse from the stables- which no one will notice is missing, arrive at the king's castle, demand to see him, his multitude of guards will take me to him at once because they will see at a glance how important this is, he'll listen to me, give orders to prevent the attack and then cover me with riches, glory and honor, and the hand of his daughter- once we are grown-up, of course.  Oh, and did I mention I'm only TEN years old?" 

Yeah, exactly.  Yes, children can be heroic and will be, when the occasion arises, but please, keep it real.  Children aren't stupid, they don't need to be idolized.  Give them realism over idolism and they will thank you for it; if not now, then someday.


I hope you're all enjoying Scribblers' Conference!  Head on over to Anne's blog to catch her writing posts and also the tag she has made for writers to fill out and link-up with.



Miss Melody Muffin

Monday, February 17, 2014

Writing For Children: The Basics


Hello Readers!

Today is the first day of the Scribblers' Conference.  Anne-girl has posted a tag you can answer HERE and her first character interview is up on  HER BLOG.

I promised to post about the subject of writing for children.  Let me just say that I'm not going to give you a set of rules to follow in writing for children.  First of all, there ARE no hard and fast rules in writing.  Writing is a matter of finding out what methods work for each individual writer and then using them.  Secondly, I'm not a good enough writer to be able to tell anyone else how to write.  So, I'm simply going to tell you what I've learned over the years, in hopes that some of it may help one of you.

How does writing for children differ from writing for teens or adults?  (For this blog post series, I'm defining children as 10 or under.)  Well, obviously, there a few major differences.  Children can't handle hugely, epic dark and sinister political villains or complicated plots with a million sub-plots.  But, neither are they stupid.  They understand a lot more than many adults realize.  I think the biggest difference is in style.  You can tell the same story to a child that you would to an adult, but you are going to tell it two different ways so it makes sense to the two different audiences.

Two and a half years ago, I read an essay by C.S. Lewis entitled, On Three Ways of Writing For Children.  It is a brilliant essay and made some excellent points.  It made a deep impression on me, but I did not realize how deep at the time.  I read it and filed the book away on the shelf.  Last week I sat down to read it again, and was surprised to learn just how much it has impacted my writing in the time since I first read it.  Looking back over what I wrote on my Quara story the last year and a half, I can see so many times where the points Lewis made unconciously influenced my writing style.  You can read the entire essay HERE.  (And, for those who don't read Narnia, fantasy or anything with magic, let me assure you there is NOTHING in this about magic.  Yes, Lewis mentions fairy tales and fantastical writing, but it is in a discussion of the genre.)

#1: What is your motivation for writing a children's story?
Write a children's story because a children's story is the best art form for the story you have to tell. ~ C. S. Lewis
The first question I always ask myself is "Why am I writing this story for children?  What is it about this story that demands I write it for children and not older people?"  While writing a child's story comes fairly easily to me, my comfort zone is still writing for teens and adults.  For me, it is easier than writing for children because I don't have to worry as much about whether a child can handle the issues I am tackling.

Now, in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with deciding you are going to write a children's story and then doing it, but Lewis' point in the quote above was that you need to examine your motivation for writing a children's story before you just decide you are going to write one.


#2 Perspective in children's stories.
Our own childhood, as lived was immeasurably different from what our elders saw.  ~ C. S. Lewis
The two biggest influences on my own writing have been my family, particularly my six youngest siblings age 10 and under, and the memory of my own childhood. 

Think about when you were a child.  You saw the world very differently from what you do now.  When children pick up a book, they don't want to read an adult's perspective of their world.  They want to empathize with the characters, to read a book they completely understand because it shows them the world the way they see it, the way they think. 

So, the second lesson I learned in writing for children was to write using a child's perspective.   Think the way a child thinks.  Ask myself, "Would I have liked reading this when I was younger?  Would my siblings have enjoyed a book like this?  My friends?"  I put myself in the mind of the child I was and see the world through those eyes.  I use the understanding and the knowledge I've gained since leaving childhood to enhance that perspective, not change it.


Lesson #3: A healthy imagination is vital.
Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere. ~ Albert Einstein
It is pretty much a given that if you write fiction, you have a working imagination.  If you write for children though, that imagination is even more important.  Because you need it to see the world through a child's eyes.  I learned I had to let my imagination drift back to those long-ago days when I sat and daydreamed by the hour.  I had to give my imagination a fuller and freer rein than I ever did even when writing for teens.  I had to let it go out to the edges of the known universe and beyond.


#4: Focus on telling a good story, no matter who you are writing for.
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is a bad children's story. ~ C. S. Lewis
If we tell a good story, children and adults alike should enjoy it, no matter what the target age of the story is.  One of the best examples of this I know of is Kendra Ardnek's Bookania Chronicles.  Everyone in my family from the adults down to the children enjoy these stories.  They are good stories and people of all ages take something away from them.


Tomorrow I will go into some of the things I learned NOT to do when writing for children.


Miss Melody Muffin

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Book Lover Tag

A fun tag for readers made up by my friend Jessica as part of hers and Elizabeth Ender's Valentine Book Giveaway.

Go HERE to read all the answers or to link up with your own answers to this tag!


What book do you love but everyone else seems to hate (or dislike)?
Jane Austen's Lady Susan.  I've met a few people who liked it, but for the most part, people I've talked to that have read it didn't really like it.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What book does everyone else seem to love, but you just can’t get into?
Besides Twilight?  :D  I can't think of one at the moment, except for books I don't read because of matters of conviction- like Harry Potter.  (Technically, Twilight falls into that category, too.)

Love in books—love or hate it?
It all depends on how it is written.  I don't like modern Christian romance like Love Inspired, but I adore Jane Austen's romances, Ivanhoe, The Scarlet Pimpernel and others.  If it is well written without being sappy or stupid, and as long as there is adventure mixed in with the romance, I don't mind it.

What is your favorite friendship/brotherhood/sisterhood in a book?
Soo many to choose from!!!  Random favorites off the top of my head: Friendship – Rudolf, Fritz and Colonel Sapt in Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Henzau.  Brotherhood – the Angels in a WIP of Katherine Sophia's.  Sisterhood – Marguerite Blakeney and Suzanne de Tournay Ffoulkes in The Scarlet Pimpernel series.

Do you “ship” couples when you read? What are some of your favorite ships—that sailed or didn’t?
On rare occasions.  Ships that sailed: Mac and Rose in Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom, Ben-Hur and Esther in Ben-Hur....

Do you still exchange Valentines?
Um, not really.

Your favorite Valentine gift, chocolate, flowers or something else? Chocolate, dark, milk, white—other?
I don't really know what kind of a Valentine's gift I'd prefer... but if it's chocolate I'll take white over any other kind any day.

Your personal views on Valentine’s Day?
A holiday that started out good, celebrating friends and family, and was swiftly glamorized, cheapened and rubbished by our culture.  (And yes, I realize rubbished is not a word.  At least, I don't think it is.)

Favorite sweet read?
Ok, this is probably an odd answer, but Shakespeare's As You Like It, actually.

Favorite fairytale and why?
Aladdin.  Or the Eleven Swan Brothers.  Or The Plain Princess.  All three are fantastic.

Favorite romantic gesture in a book?
For sheer sadness, Percy kissing the steps where Marguerite had walked in The Scarlet Pimpernel.  It is a sadly beautiful moment.

Do you have a favorite “romantic movie” that you like to watch?
North and South.  Or Ladyhawke.

Favorite Literary couple and why?
Sir Percival Blakeney AKA The Scarlet Pimpernel and Margurite St. Just Blakeney.  Why?  Because their love story is amazing and beautiful and proves that in spite of pain and betrayal and miscommunication, true love still triumphs in the end.

Favorite opinion about love from a Character? (like Jo in Little Woman...to her it was an awful idea).
Well, it's not exactly an opinion, but I've always loved this quote from C. S. Lewis' The Horse and His Boy: 'Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I'm afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarreling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.'

Favorite quote about love?
Love is friendship set on fire.
OR
The crowning characteristic of love is loyalty ~ Jeffrey R. Holland

Miss Melody Muffin

Thursday, February 13, 2014

SCRIBBLER'S CONFERENCE!!!!

Ok, somehow, I missed Anne-girl's post about the Scribblers' Conference.  I'm not at all sure how that happened, but whatever....


Scribblings


Aaaaaanyway...  Anne is hosting the second annual Scribblers' conference Feb. 17-22!!!!!!!!!!! 

I loved the Conference the first time around and am VERY excited about and eagerly looking forward to it this time.  The theme of the Conference this time is Characters.  Anne will have posts on character development, especially villains.  Participants are also encouraged to write family friendly posts on writing or writing-related subjects.  I'll be participating with posts on the subject of writing novels for children.

For more information on participation, how to sign up and what events are planned, visit THIS POST.

I hope to see you there!


Miss Melody Muffin

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Don't Forget!!!!

I just wanted to remind my readers of some of the blog events going on this moth, several of which are taking place this week:



Kiri Liz's Dear Love party runs until Valentine's Day.  There have been some great posts so far, and there are more planned.  She also has a giveaway going HERE, so make sure you enter that.



Jessica Greyson

Authors Jessica Greyson and Elizabeth Ender are hosting a huge book lovers giveaway.  The winner will receive a big package of fifteen books!  HERE is where you can enter that giveaway.  And go HERE to fill out the party tag and link up.  Each day there is an interview with a different author on Jessica's author blog.  I've enjoyed reading the interviews a lot.


Jessica is also running a Fairy Tale-themed Valentines contest at her main blog.  The contest is closed now, but be sure to go and vote HERE for your favorite Valentines!


 

Kendra Ardnek's read through of her delightful fairy tale Sew, It's a Quest continues.  HERE is the latest post on it.  For more information on the read-along or the other activities Kendra has planned for this month, go HERE.



Rachel Heffington will be releasing her debut novel Fly Away Home this week.  It is now available for pre-order directly from Rachel at Ruby Elixir Press.  By ordering directly from her, you get an autographed copy.  It will also be available from Amazon in the next few days.




Kellie at Accordion to Kellie is hosting her annual Literary Heroine Blog Party Feb. 16-28.  It is a wonderful event where girls of all ages come together to blog about their favorite heroines in literature.  Kellie is also planning a giveaway during the event.  For more information, go HERE.



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Eva at Ramblings of A Janeite will be hosting blog party celebrating Dickens' classically epic work A Tale of Two Cities.  The party runs from Feb. 21-28.  Clicking HERE will take you to the announcement post, which has a schedule for what to expect during the party.  There are some great posts planned, as well as a giveaway.


And for those of you who join in the monthly writers' link-ups, Rachel Heffington's Chatterbox, Kendra Ardnek's Character Encounters and Katie's Snippets of Story are all open for February submissions now.


I hope I haven't forgotten anything....

Whew!  I had no idea February was going to be such a busy month!


Have a good night!


Miss Melody Muffin

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Quote of the Week: Dark Age

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.
James A. Michener




Miss Melody Muffin