Archive for March, 2010

How do you describe a place?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

In the same way you describe people and feelings. You want the place to be seen in the reader’s mind as vividly as if they where there. It also has to do with “show don’t tell” that is so desirable for a good author. You want your readers to feel it, touch it, see it, taste it and smell it. Every time you can use a combination of the senses or all of them in your book, you have the best description ever.

Here are some ideas that will help inspire your own:

The sea of golden waves spread before my eyes while the breeze (more…)

Ice Land a review for

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Author: Betsy Tobin

The year is AD 1000 and the myth and rich history of Iceland is loosely related by Betsy Tobin in her work Ice Land. The beauty of the countryside and its people are represented in a magnificent way in this book.

The book starts when the goddess Freya realizes that Iceland is at the brink of imminent disaster and she must find a necklace that will change the course of history. (more…)

Communication with our kids a must.

Monday, March 1st, 2010
As parents many times we disassociate what we tell our children with the message they are receiving. I have seen first hand how a word, a sign, or even the rolling of eyes can influence the future of our children. Many times we believe that our words are just a saying; they know we don’t mean it.
But, do they know that we don’t mean it? Do they know that we are frustrated with the situation and not with them? Do they know that many times we feel inadequate as parents?
What do you think the effect on a little boy will be by the time he is a teen if you repeatedly tell him that he talks like a girl? I would suggest that insecurity with his own masculinity will be the result. He probably will be quiet, introverted, and ashamed of himself. Nevertheless, all that we put inside ourselves one day must come out, and what will happen when this child explodes, perhaps in a violent outburst that shatters his and others’ lives? (more…)