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The Power of Possibility: How Reading Fantasy and Science Fiction Can Help Your Child Grow

Fantasy and science fiction are more than just genres of entertainment. They can also be a valuable tool for education, as they can help middle-grade children learn about different worlds, ideas, and people. In addition, these genres can also encourage children to use their imaginations and think creatively. In this 3-part series, I explore 10 ways reading fantasy and science fiction will help your middle-grade children grow into happy and well-balanced adults. I have often said [...]

2023-02-17T17:32:38+00:000 Comments

5 Ways to Get Your Child Excited About Reading

I didn't discover the joys of reading for fun until the summer before entering the fourth grade. Just think of all the reading time I missed. (Click Here to read how the Universe intervened with the help of my next-door neighbor, Ms. Crabtree.) When it comes to getting kids excited about reading, there are a few tried and true methods that parents can use to help. From making reading time fun to finding the right books [...]

2023-01-26T23:45:29+00:000 Comments

When a Story Takes On a Life of Its Own

It's happened again. One of my stories has insisted on growing beyond itself or to say it more accurately, it's insisting on growing beyond my original expectation for it. I know this may sound odd to you, especially if you've never attempted to write a story, so let me try to explain, but hold onto your seat as I go a bit woo-woo on you. As an author, I believe I am a channel to a [...]

2023-01-18T18:16:36+00:000 Comments

A Writer’s Life — Grist for the Mill

For many people, the life of a writer seems like a dream come true. They imagine a life spent in coffee shops, writing the great American novel. While that may be part of a writer's life, it is certainly not the whole story. A writer's life is full of ups and downs, just like any other life. But, what makes a writer's life unique is the way that they use their experiences, both good and bad, [...]

2023-01-09T18:48:04+00:000 Comments

Embracing A.I. as an Author of Fantasy and Science Fiction

I'm fascinated by A.I. (and since I'm a former veterinarian, let me clarify, I mean the artificial intelligence variety, not the artificial insemination kind.) First, it was MidJourney and now it's QuickWrite. I bit the bullet earlier this week and purchased a lifetime subscription (with a 30-day guarantee to try it out.) Thanks, Skye MacKinnon for posting about it. My first experiment - create a character description. I entered: Nathan Whitehall Oil Rig Boss (Nathan is a [...]

2022-12-15T14:09:23+00:000 Comments

The Benefits of Reading Fantasy for Young Readers

Fantasy is one of the most widely-read genres of literature, and for good reason. Fantasy offers readers the chance to escape into new and exciting worlds, where anything is possible. For young readers, this can be especially beneficial. Fantasy can help young readers develop their imaginations, increase their empathy, and teach them important life lessons. Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction that typically deals with imaginative and supernatural concepts such as dragons, wizards, magic, and [...]

2022-12-10T16:56:38+00:000 Comments

Love Songs for the Earth (An Idea Whose Time has Come?)

First, I need to provide a little context and background on why I'm sharing this on my blog, lest you think I've gone over the deep end, ie crazy. I've been deeply engaged for the past few months in an extraordinary online program, the Game Changers Intensive. It was created by the Pachamama Alliance which is the same organization that sponsored my recent trip to the Ecuadorian rainforest. The GCI is all about bringing forth the [...]

2022-09-24T14:35:50+00:000 Comments

Research and Resources for Saving Our Rainforests

I recently shared this on my Facebook page: "As I've shared before as an author, sometimes the research proves to be one of the most difficult and even emotionally disturbing parts of the job. This is true even when I'm researching a middle-grade book as I'm doing as I work on Rainforest Shaman, book 5 of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure series. Take for example this report on the massive destruction taking place in the Ecuadorian rainforests [...]

2022-12-29T22:51:59+00:000 Comments

Book Reviews on TikTok

A more comprehensive set of links to my TikTok (Booktok) book reviews will be posted here soon so stay tuned. Visionary Fiction Books The Overstory by Richard Powers: TikTok Review Here.    Bewilderment by Richard Powers - TikTok Review Here. Science Fiction   Fantasy   Nonfiction The Spontaneous Healing of Belief by  Greg Bredon: TikTok Review Here. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: TikTok Review Here. The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham: TikTok Review [...]

2022-08-13T06:20:24+00:000 Comments

Rainforest Shaman – My Work in Progress (Book 5 of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure series)

Shortly after returning from my research and personal healing journey from the rainforest of Ecuador, I began my next novel, book 5 of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure series with the working title of Rainforest Shaman. Here are now two scenes showcasing one of the main new characters, Iya. (If you've already read the first scene, just scroll down to the new one, and remember, they are both rough drafts. Still, I would enjoy your feedback on [...]

2022-07-22T23:40:47+00:000 Comments
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