Friday, 23 September 2016

Sir Princess Petra's Mission Goodreads Giveaway

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Sir Princess Petra's Mission 
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Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Sir Princess Petra's Mission - The Pen Pieyu Adventures, Book 3 in the multi-award winning children's series.

"Book 3 in The Pen Pieyu Adventures
series is an impressively and thoroughly entertaining read." Midwest Book Review


"A story with a character that obviously has a future. The degree of imagination is matched by the terrific humor and sense of fun as always in Diane's books. This book is a treasure – and one that is highly recommended." Grady Harp, Top 100 Amazon Reviewer    

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

10th Book Award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures Series by Diane Mae Robinson

Sir Princess Petra’s Mission – The Pen Pieyu Adventures, Book Three
Author: Diane Mae Robinson
Illustrator: Micheal Bermundo
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2016.
Paperback: 106 pages
Description Categories: adventure kids books; children’s fantasy books; dragon books for children
 
Sir Princess Petra’s Mission, book 3 in The Pen Pieyu Adventures, is awarded a 2016 Readers’Favorite International Book Award in the Children – Adventure category.  This recent award is the 10th book award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series.


5 * Review by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite. “Diane Mae Robinson’s epic fantasy and adventure tale for children, Sir Princess Petra’s Mission, is the third book in this original and highly acclaimed series about a princess who’d really rather be a knight.” Read More on the Readers’ Favorite Review Page.
 Previous Awards for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series: 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary award); 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Award; 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award; 2013 Sharp Writ Book Award; 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award; 2015 Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval; 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award; 2015 Children’s Literary Classics Book Award; 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival Award. Read more about the awards.
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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Secret Writing Techniques

Secret Writing Technique #4
Pathos/Ethos/Logos
by Deborah Owen


Re-blog from: https://DeborahOwen.wordpress.com/

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Pathos

Almost all literature attempts to influence the reader. Your strong beliefs will do more than taint your work. Unless you are deliberately arguing both sides of a cause, your inner person will scream its viewpoint in everything you write. Is that wrong? No. But but there are right and wrong ways to present your theories.

Emotions are one of the greatest tools for screaming, and certainly one of the best tools you will ever use to argue your case and convince your audience to your way of thinking.

You have probably used pathos a number of times, but did not realize it. Every time you expressed emotions such as sympathy, pity or fear through a character's gestures or graphics, you were reaching out to form an emotional bond with your reader and, whether deliberately or accidentally, you promoted your own opinions through your character.

When you choose to reach your audience through tender sensations, think long and deep about an earlier time in your life when that emotion existed. By reliving part of real life, you will feed your memories, which helps transfer that feeling and frame of mind to your reader. Poetry and music are two very good mediums for pathos.

Examples of pathos:
  • "You should consider another route. I heard that that street is far more dangerous and ominous at night than during the daytime."
  • "I’m not just invested in this community – I love every building, every business, every hard-working member of this town."
Ethos

Think of ethos as an ethical appeal that convinces the reader on the basis of the speaker's credibility.
  • "As a doctor, I am qualified to tell you that this course of treatment will likely generate the best results."
  • "He is a forensics and ballistics expert for the federal government – if anyone’s qualified to determine the murder weapon, it’s him."

Logos

Think of logos as a logical argument to convince your reader.
  • "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: we have not only the fingerprints, the lack of an alibi, a clear motive, and an expressed desire to commit the robbery… We also have video of the suspect breaking in. The case could not be more open and shut." 
  • "You don’t need to jump off a bridge to know that it’s a bad idea. Why then would you need to try drugs to know if they’re damaging? That’s plain nonsense."


The easiest way to remember this set of triplets is like this:

Pathos – emotional persuasion
Ethos – ethical persuasion
Logos – logical persuasion


** Examples taken from Your Dictionary:
http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-ethos-logos-and-pathos.html
Read more at http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-ethos-logos-and-pathos.html#2vwbgBX7HtpGMz1v.99

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Strangeness of the English Language

Some Trivial Word Stuff

                         

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious." 

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

No word in the English language rhymes with month,orange, silver, or purple.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. 

                                        

Hetronyms are words spelled the same as another but having different sounds and different meanings, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).

Homographs are words with the same written form as another but different meanings, whether pronounced the same way or not, as row (an argument) and row (paddle the oars) and row (a straight line).

       The dragon wound the cloth around the wound on his leg.

      He could still lead the knights if he could get the thick lead door opened.

     The king had to refuse the dumping of more refuse.

     The princess did not object to the shinny object the dragon brought her.

     The royal carpenter built the door to close to the window—it would not close.

     The royal chef had a tear in his apron and a tear in his eye.

     Upon arrival, the royal dove dove through the window.

     Deserting his dessert in the desert was not in the plan.

     The soldiers got in a row as they tried to straighten the row while rowing.

      The kingdom’s gardener was summoned to produce lots of produce, or else.

     The bass tuba had an etching of a bass on it’s stem.

     The prince, even in his present state, was to present the present to the princess.

     The wind was too strong to wind the kite string.

Then we could look at the word "Up"--quite possibly the strangest word in that it is an adverb, preposition, adjective, noun, and verbs: used with object, used without an object, or used as an idiom. Here are all the mind-boggling definitions of "Up"; http://splashurl.com/o55kb47

                 
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Creative Writing Institute Short Story Contest

   This is a great contest for writers. I am a writing tutor at the Creative Writing Institute.






July 15 - September 15, 2016

 

Entry fee $5. First, second,  third place winners and up to twelve additional stories (including Judge's Picks) will receive publication in our fourth annual anthology. For the first time, we are awarding professional eMedals and Judge's Pick ribbons to post on your site or blog.
 
First place: Gold eMedal and $100
Second place: Silver eMedal and $50
Third place: Bronze eMedal and $25                                        
Fourth and Fifth place: Finalist eMedal
Judge's Pick: Judge's Pick Red Ribbon

This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story:

"Explain how that happened."
 
  • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
  • No swearing, profanity, explicit sexual scenes, graphic violence, etc.
  • Your story must not have been published before. By entering this contest, winners grant minor editing rights for publication; Creative Writing Institute has first, non-exclusive, electronic rights to publish the winners and Judge's Choice stories in our anthology. All Rights return to the author upon publication.
  • ONE submission per person, please
  • Accepting submissions from July 15, 2016 until September 15, 2016, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time. No early or late submissions will be accepted.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the form at https://CreativeWritingInstitute.submittable.com/submit.
  • As you go through the submission process, there will be a space for you to copy and paste your document. Do NOT email attachments as these will not be accepted.
Please direct questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at ms.jo@cwinst.com. Our special thanks to our judges and assisting award winning Co-ordinator, Jianna Higgins.


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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Grammar Lesson: Between vs. Among

Excerpt from The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson, coming soon to a kingdom near you.

     


Between and among are often confused because their difference in meaning is subtle. Both words are prepositions.

Between is usually used with two separate and distinct things.

The grammar book is hidden between the oven and the ice box.

Between can also be used with three or more things as long as they are separate and distinct.

The differences between dragons, horses, and unicorns are all listed in the royal rule book.

A common misconception is that between is used with two things and among is used with three or more things. When using a comparison for separate and distinct things, use between.

Among is used when talking about individuals or things that aren’t distinct. It is usually used to portray a group of people or things. Among is usually followed by a plural noun.

 If you live among dragons, you should wear fire-proof apparel.

The king seeks approval among those who agree with him.

Among and amongst both mean amidst, surrounded by, or in the company of. Amongst is uncommon and is only really used in literary prose seeking to add a sense of the old fashioned.
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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Secret Writng Techniques by Deborah Owen, CEO Creative Writing Institute

Secret Writing Techniques
Polysyndeton
by Deborah Owen, CEO

 


Re-blog from DeborahOwen@CWinst.com. Deborah Owen is my mentor and the CEO of Creative Writing Institute where I teach the Writing For Children course.


Last week we talked about asyndeton – a method of listing items without using a conjunction for the purpose of showing more by saying less – and the week before was onomotoepia.

Today we will study polysyndeton, which is diametrically opposed to asyndeton. Polysyndeton is the repeated use of conjunctions for the purpose of intensifying the scene, building the excitement and indicating (like asyndeton) an endless and innumerable list.

Our thanks to Word Magic for Writers by Cindy Rogers for this example. This quote comes from Charlotte’s Web where a rat is telling Wilbur the pig, in no uncertain terms, what he expects.

“Struggle if you must,” said Templeton, “but kindly remember that I’m hiding down here in this crate and I don’t want to be stepped on, or kicked in the face, or pummeled, or crushed in any way, or squashed, or buffeted about, or bruised, or lacerated or scarred, or biffed.”

Do you think Templeton made himself clear? And how did he do that? He drove the point home by using the repetitious ‘or.’ You will find a lot of this in children’s books. If you will listen to children talk, they use a lot of polysndeton when they talk:

“Mommy, I want ice cream, and chocolate, and nuts, and whipped cream.”

Do you see how these examples build the scene by intensifying repetition? This is a simple technique, but don't discount its importance.

P.S. Did you notice this example uses antiquated language? Writing styles are always morphing and wise is the writer who morphs with them. Today's writer would have written "Templeton said" instead of "said Templeton."


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