Ending on Wednesday…

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Not this blog…

Not TALENT

Not our editing services

Not Writer Advice

Not interviews or book reviews on Writer Advice

Not my writing practice or yours

Not the world as we know it

What’s ending at the end of the day on December 1 is Writer Advice’s Fifth Scintillating Starts Contest. 

Have you shared the first 1000 words of your memoir or novel with us? You should. We are known for our great feedback, and you have a chance to win a cash prize and have your work published in Writer Advice, http://www.writeradvice.com.

Grab and hold us with your opening paragraphs. We’ll read from works in progress as well as finished manuscripts. Submit up to 1000 words of any unpublished memoir, novel, or creative nonfiction by 12-01-16 to Writer Advice’s Scintillating Starts Contest.

 

What’s In Your First Chapter?

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  • Have you written a manuscript? In any prose genre?
  • Have you started one?

Consider submitting the first 1500 words to Writer Advice’s Fifth Scintillating Starts Contest, http://www.writeradvice.com. Every submission receives specific, detailed feedback. Finalists receive additional feedback from judges Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Kevin O’Keefe, who were the winners of last year’s contest.

  • Get objective feedback before you submit.
  • Here’s the contest blurb:

Grab and hold us with your opening paragraphs. We’ll read from works in progress as well as finished manuscripts. Submit up to 1500 words of any unpublished memoir, novel, or creative nonfiction by 12-01-16 to Writer Advice’s Fifth SCINTILLATING STARTS Contest. Additional details, fee, and link to Submittable at www.writeradvice.com.
Questions (but not submissions) go to Lgood67334 at comcast dot netWe’d love to read your opening.

Feel free to share this opportunity with your followers on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and with your writing groups, writing peers, and anyone else who might be interested. Questions? Use the e-mail address above. 

Get objective feedback before you submit.

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Good News about Talent

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Here is a bit of good news about Talent. It was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award and won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.Woo-hoo!

If you haven’t gotten a copy, I hope you will. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Talent-B-Lynn-Goodwin/dp/1629293350/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450916910&sr=8-1&keywords=9781629293356. (cut & paste)

If you are a writer, you should also take a look at Writer Advice, http://www.writeradvice.com.

And now a few notes from some of the characters in Talent:

A NOTE FROM SANDEE: It’s almost time for homecoming. I’m excited, but I am already home. Why do they call it homecoming.

A NOTE FROM ROB: It’s Friday and my mom has the late shift again. Party at my house.

A NOTE FROM TESSA: I sold a painting! Can you believe it?

A NOTE FROM JENN: I’m going to see out with Pete tonight. He’s new and he said I looked cute while I was eating my salad at lunch. I hope…

A NOTE FROM DIEGO: Downloading songs.

A NOTE FROM Mrs. G: Scenes are due Monday.

If you have any questions for these characters, and I’m sure you do, send them to Lgood67334 at comcast dot net.

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Dear Sandee

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Long ago you kept a diary. Do you remember? That’s how you first got noticed. It wound up being a series called “Dear Diary” which ran in Dramatics Magazine. It was probably a launching pad for Talent.

 

Now that you are more mature, I want to encourage you to keep a journal. I know your English teacher has suggested the same thing. Hers was for extra credit, I believe. This one can tag on to that. It’s for personal enlightenment. Write about what you are feeling and thinking. Write about what you believe. Write your wishes and hopes and even your fears if you want to.

 

Not sure how to start? Start with what happens today. Things come up. You might also start with this article full of suggestions for keeping a journal. I’ve shared it with the women on Story Circle Network, and I’d like you to have your own copy. So Many Benefits from Journaling That link should take you right to the article on Story Circle Network. Write back and let me know what you think, okay?

What an Almost 16-Year-Old Thinks

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Coming Out From Behind the Curtain

Dear Parents, Teachers, and Other Authorities,

The summer of 2016 has been something else. I like the movies and some of the music. I hate the news. I feel sorry for adults sometimes. You have so much to think about. So while I was practicing driving with Dad, I thought of a few hints that might help you get along with us. Many of you already do, of course. But not all. And not all the time. So read my list. It just might help.

  1. Listen to us. You’re doing that right now. But listen even when you’re mad, okay? We know we’re not perfect (except for Rob) and we want you to understand why we do the things we do.
  2. Don’t always play the teacher—even if you are the teacher. Sometimes we can teach you things.
  3. Ask questions—but not too many—and if we don’t want to answer back off.
  4. Respect our privacy. You wouldn’t want us diving into your drawers, your computer, your cell.
  5. Respect our rights. Mom & Dad have gotten really good at this, because they’ve talked about rights. I have the right to talk, but not to talk back. They will let me keep going out as long as I respect curfew. Things like that.

Question: What advice would you give parents, teachers, and other authorities? Please write back and tell me, whether you are a teen, a tween, a parent, a teacher, an authority, or an interested adult.

Thanks for reading, responding, and sharing. =)

Sandee Mason

You can purchase TALENT on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Talent-B-Lynn-Goodwin/dp/1629293350/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450916910&sr=8-1&keywords=9781629293356 (cut and paste)

You can forward this blog to friends, teachers, parents, and librarians.

Comments? Click on the link above to share them. =)

 

One of the Big Ones

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The San Jose Mercury News is one of the big regional newspapers in California. I remember reading it when I was a little girl, before the term Silicon Valley was coined, back in the day when we had one TV with no remote, in a console, in the family room. The Mercury-News has endured, and I hope that TALENT, which was reviewed there last week, will also endure.

This review, by Joanna Kraus, appeared in a column entitled “Summer Reading is Fun for All.” Here is what she said:

“Talent” by B. Lynn Goodwin (Danville) (Eternal Press, $12.50, ages 13-16.) Sandee’s brother has been missing in Afghanistan for seven months. Yet she hears Bri’s voice encouraging her when she auditions for the school musical, advising her when she selects a possible boyfriend, and supporting her when she must disobey the law to rescue a friend. She discovers “real life doesn’t have a script” in this moving novel, set in the East Bay. Sandee shows initiative, responsibility and finally the will to live her own life.

I liked her accuracy, her originality, and her choices of what will appeal to teens. But this is not a book for teens only. Many adults (including my book club) have read and liked the book.

There are 46 other reviews at http://www.amazon.com/Talent-B-Lynn-Goodwin/dp/1629293350/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450916910&sr=8-1&keywords=9781629293356. Sandee Mason and I hope you will add yours soon. 

This summer is a perfect time to read TALENT. If you are a teen, encourage your teacher to have the whole class read it. If you are a parent, share it with your kids. Read it together. Discussion questions in the back will help you get conversations going… in case that has ever been a problem in your life.

Please write back and tell me what you think of the book. I can’t wait to hear from you.