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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In our World, Nothing is Impossible

Today's post comes from Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ, WriteSparks! creator

Write Possibilities
We writers are a powerful lot. We control time. We dictate actions. We control destinies.
We can make two completely opposite people fall in love with each other, and we can create family feuds that can last for centuries.

We can make our heroine travel back in time to rescue her soulmate, and we can give the most villainous person the punishment she deserves.

We can take our characters to the most exotic places and give them their own adventures.
Simply put, we writers can create our own possibilities. In our world, nothing is impossible.
Try creating your own possibilities using the given prompts below.

There are 4 givens: theme, setting, character and key object. Randomly pick 1 from each and use these to start off your piece.

Themes: deception, irony, love lost, infidelity, rejection
Characters: chemist, divorced woman, doctor, teacher, singer
Key objects: yellow bag, pen, knife, shoe, fuse box
Settings: space colony, gym, park, lab, retirement home
Here are a few examples using the above prompts:
  • Write a story about love lost, with a doctor as the main character and a shoe as the key object. Set your story in a park.
  • Write a story about infidelity, with a chemist as the main character and a pen as the key object. Set your story in a gym.
  • Write a story about deception, with a singer as the main character and a yellow bag as the key object. Set your story in a space colony.
  • Write a story about rejection, with a divorced woman as the main character, and a knife as the key object. Set your story in a retirement home.
  • Write a story about irony, with a teacher as the main character and a fuse box as the key object. Set your story in a lab.
  • Mix and match the themes, characters, key objects and settings. You can come up with more than 30 possibilities just using the ones already given.

    Write stories... write your possibilities!

    Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

    About Shery: Shery is the creator of WriteSparks!™- a software that generates over 10 *million* Story Sparkers for Writers. Download WriteSparks!™ Lite for free at http://writesparks.com

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    WOI: Hear My Heart Books Owner Fawn Nielsen Speaks on Children in Crisis 08/26 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Family Podcasts

    WOI: Hear My Heart Books Owner Fawn Nielsen Speaks on Children in Crisis 08/26 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Family Podcasts



    Welcome to the featured
    World of Ink Network here on BlogTalkRadio Wed. August 26, 2015. The
    World of Ink Network brings you shows each week on topics such as books,
    writing, author interviews, self-help and much more. Your hosts today
    are Virginia S Grenier and Marsha Cook.





    Today's show is about children and youth in crisis, the spirit and
    possiblilites for children and youth; as well as parents and teachers.
    We will also touch on bullying and its impact on society with Fawn
    Einarson-Nielsen, President of Hear My Heart Books Inc. (HMHB). Hear My
    Heart Books Inc. is incorporated in the province of Saskatchewan to
    focus on social entrepreneurship initiatives. Learn more at http://hearmyheartbooks.com





    Fawn is also the author of the children's book, "Spots, Dots...and the Nots?!"





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    Pacific. As always you can listen to any of our shows on demand, at any
    time you'd like here on BlogTalkRadio, Facebook or iTunes.






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    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Award-winning author visits the St. George Children’s Museum to encourage healthy eating habits

    Award-winning author visits the St. George Children’s Museum to encourage healthy eating habits:

    Come meet Virginia “VS” Grenier at the St. George Children’s Museum on August 21 and August 22, 2015 at 11am on both days
    Come meet Virginia “VS” Grenier at the St. George Children’s Museum on August 21 and August 22, 2015 at 11am on both days.
     


    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Virginia “VS”
    Grenier is an award-winning author, Mom’s Choice Honoree and director of
    the St. George Book Festival. She has been writing since moving to St.
    George, Utah a little over 10 years ago.


    “I
    never thought I would become an author when I moved to St. George. My
    husband and I made the choice to come here so we could raise our
    children in a place we felt was safe and had good people surrounding
    them,” said Grenier. “I fell into writing as a hobby since I wasn’t used
    to staying home full-time after working in the fashion industry for so
    many years in the Los Angeles area.”


    Grenier’s
    latest picture book, “Whistle Beans” is based on the family secret of
    how to whistle. A family friend shared the secret with her when she was
    little. However, Grenier only shared the secret with her children…until
    now.


    “Children have a
    hard time learning to whistle and most kids don’t like to eat
    vegetables. I know I didn’t and I wasn’t good at whistling either,” said
    Grenier. “When I about four or five, Charlie Baker, a family friend,
    told me that if I ate Whistle Beans—which just happened to be a very
    special vegetable—I’d be able to whistle just like him. And it worked!”


    In
    Grenier’s recently released picture book, “Whistle Beans” children will
    get to go on another adventure with SugarPaw and Bonnie Whiskers, two
    of Grenier’s beloved characters from her award-winning picture book,
    “Babysitting SugarPaw.” This time SugarPaw finds himself in trouble when
    he lets out Bonnie Whiskers pet parrot, Cesar. They end up chasing
    Cesar all over town and in the process; SugarPaw learns secrets about
    the vegetables growing in his very own backyard.

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    Richly illustrated picture book encourages children to eat their veggies!



    A family friend shared a secret with VS Grenier when she was little. The secret was how to whistle. However, she only shared it with her children…until now!

    Children have a hard time learning to whistle. However, there is a secret and VS Grenier shares it in the latest SugarPaw adventure picture book, “Whistle Beans.” But how can vegetables help and what do they have to do with whistling? 

    “When I about four or five, Charlie Baker, a family friend, told me that if I ate Whistle Beans, I’d be able to whistle just like him,” said Grenier. “Charlie was like my second dad when I was younger. He taught me how to fish, ride a horse and much more. So it only made since when he shared the secret to a good whistle, it had to be true. Only problem was…Whistle Beans are a part of the vegetable family. I soon got over this little fact and I’ve been able to whistle good and loud ever since.”

    Children will get to go on another adventure with SugarPaw and Bonnie Whiskers, two of VS Grenier’s beloved characters from her award-winning picture book, “Babysitting SugarPaw.” This time SugarPaw finds himself in trouble when he lets out Bonnie Whiskers pet parrot Cesar. They end up chasing Cesar all over town and in the process; SugarPaw learns secrets about the vegetable growing in his own backyard.

    “I wanted a fun way to teach children not only the importance of eating healthy, but also some unknown facts about vegetables,” said Grenier. “My kids had fun helping me research some of the different veggies in my book. They even gave me different ideas of how to share our family secret about Whistle Beans.”

    Through exploring the world of vegetables with SugarPaw and Bonnie Whiskers, children gain a deeper understanding of healthy eating in a fun and silly way. “Whistle Beans” exposes children to an unexpected new way of looking at those leafy greens. While building confidence, critical thinking skills and strong whistles. Of course, SugarPaw will be up to his usually antics and will have kids laughing, too.

    “This picture book isn’t only for children. Parents and educators will find in the back of the book Fresh Facts about the different vegetables in the story. Each vegetable plays an important part in helping SugarPaw and Bonnie Whiskers find Cesar, and this section gives information on why that is,” said Halo Publisher Lisa M. Umina.

    You can purchase “Whistle Beans: Another SugarPaw Adventure” through Halo Publishing’s website (http://halopublishing.com), Amazon, B&N or you can purchase your autographed book from the author’s website http://vsgrenier.com

    About the Author:
    VS Grenier is an award-winning author and a Mom’s Choice Honoree, who loves spinning tales from her childhood into adventures in the World of Ink for children of all ages to enjoy. When she isn’t busy writing, playing dress-up or having tea parties with her girls, she takes long hikes in the desert with her miniature schnauzer, Taz. 
    You can learn more about the VS Grenier at http://vsgrenier.com

    About the Illustrator:
    Kevin Scott Collier is a commercial artist/designer by profession as well as an author and illustrator of over 130 children's books. He lives in beautiful Grand Haven, a quaint port city along the Lake Michigan shoreline with his wife, Kristen and son, Jarod.

    You can learn more about Kevin Scott Collier at http://kevinscottcollierhomepage.blogspot.com

    Whistle Beans: Another SugarPaw Adventure written by VS Grenier and illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier, publisher Halo Publishing, Int., ISBN: 978-1612443676 (paperback) ; Price: $10.95 (paperback); $16.99 (Hard cover) $4.95 (eBook)

    Review copies, cover and author photography and interviews are available upon request.

    Contact: Ann Stallard at annstallard@worldofinknetwork.com

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    JUSTIN OSMOND’S 250 MILE RUN 4 HEARING!

    Justin Osmond, son of Merrill Osmond has been on an intense training schedule since September of 2014 to run the biggest & longest trek of his life. He isn’t running for himself, he’s running 250 miles to raise awareness and financial support for 25 deaf children living in Southern Utah who will be receiving the gift of better hearing.

    This Run 4 Hearing event will kick off the start of this trek on Saturday May 2nd starting in Justin’s hometown of Ephraim, UT located at: Canyon View Park, 650 S. 100 E starting at 9 AM. This will begin with a press conference at 8:45 AM and then a 5K Fun Run (open to the public). This will also kick start Justin’s 250 miler to St. George where the kids will be anxiously waiting to receive their new hearing devices.
    On Saturday May 9th at the finish line in St. George (location and time TBD), there will be another benefit run entitled “Super HEAR-O 5K Fun Run.” A grand celebration will take place as family, friends, and many community members will come together to pay tribute to our young Super HEAR-O’s that deserve to hear life’s precious sounds.

    All the proceeds from this Run 4 Hearing event will benefit the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund (OOHF). The OOHF is excited to announce their partnership with the Washington County School District Foundation. Together they will work towards their goal in helping many deaf & hard of hearing students within the Washington County School District with better hearing.

    “We are thrilled and so excited to partner with the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund in this worthy endeavor to help many of our deaf & hard of hearing students in our school district. I’m excited to see them excel and reach their greatest dreams and aspirations through the gift of better hearing.”
    Pam Graf ~ Director of Washington County School District Foundation

    Olive Osmond was the matriarch of the world-famous Osmond singing family. Two of her children were deaf and she devoted her life to helping people with hearing loss. “The reason the original Osmond Brothers started performing in the first place, was to raise money to buy hearing aids for their deaf siblings. I’m simply paying it forward to help more deaf people who don’t have the resources, and to empower them to be all they can be.” Justin says.

    For more information about Justin Osmond’s 250 Mile Benefit Run, visit www.Run4Hearing.com

    ABOUT OLIVE OSMOND HEARING FUND
    Founded in 2010, the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund (www.hearingfund.org) serves both the deaf and hard of hearing communities with education, resources, and cutting-edge hearing equipment and devices. Justin Osmond started the organization in honor of his grandmother, Olive Osmond, the matriarch of the world-famous singing Osmond family. Justin Osmond, an accomplished violinist, is himself 90% deaf. Since 2010, Olive Osmond Hearing Fund has provided hearing aids to over 2,500 children around the world, and has outfitted several school districts with equipment to help teachers better communicate with deaf students. The organization also provides musical instruments and lessons to deaf children.

    Contact: info@hearingfund.org or 801.609.4327

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Review: LITTLE GREEN by Arnold Rudnick



    LITTLE GREEN – Little Green Frog wants to be special, and he hops out of the swamp, asking “Isn’t it possible?” he could be a goose, horse or kio. While the reader learns about animal groups, skills sounds and traits, Little Green learns it’s important to be himself. 

    Arnold Rudnick has a gift for creating fascinating stories to challenge children toward self-improvement and self-esteem. In LITTLE GREEN he introduces a little green frog (beautifully realized by illustrator Marcelo Goreman) who has big dreams to be special. 

    ISBN: 0981587976
    Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC

    Overall thoughts: This is a really cute picture story book written in rhyme and teaches children it's is important to learn who they are before they run off into the world trying to be like somebody else. This isn't a book for beginning readers, but it is a great bedtime story for younger children. Children who are becoming better readers would be okay reading along with an adult. There is repetition in the story, which makes it a great book to help with cognitive development.



    About the Author: ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.

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