Interesting Book Launch Party

Authors frequently have launch parties for their latest books. This article provides an interesting twist on one author’s launch party. Sounds like fun.

Last Saturday, I was honored to be a part of Sarah Sundin’s launch party for Through Waters Deep. I actually ended up teaching swing dancing with the help of my amazing brother. The lesson was brief, but the students were really quick to learn the steps and everyone had fun! Sarah did a reading, signed books, and mingled with her friends and fans. There was a very large crowd and the bookstore manager told me after the party that she was very happy with how the party went. A successful event for all! Learn more.



Group Activities and Special Needs Students

Today’s featured article discusses helpful tips for families with special needs students and group outings.

For a lot of homeschool families, park playdates are the weekly equivalent of recess. Families descend on a local park for a few hours, the kids get play, parents get to talk and everyone has a good time.

… in theory, that is. Learn more.


No Accounting For Murder

Leeann Betts first fiction novel is now available. This is exciting news.

Most people think accountants are boring. Carly Turnquist is about to prove them wrong. Join Carly, a forensic accountant, as she gets involved with a mystery business that threatens her quiet East Coast town, embezzled money, a missing mayor, and several attempts on her life. Will she live long enough to reveal who the killer is? Learn more.


Writers As Artists

Writers are artists. This article is a great reminder of that.

When we first moved to Colorado, we rented a tiny studio apartment while looking for a permanent home. One evening, our landlords invited us up for a glass of wine and some conversation. She is a sculptor who works primarily in stone. She mentioned it was interesting we were both artists.

Frankly, I’d never considered myself an artist, but we discussed our creative processes. There’s an old saying that in order to carve a block of stone into an elephant, you simply chip away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant. In writing, you keep adding until you get the elephant. Learn more.


Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is something we all face at one time or another. This author has some helpful suggestions on working through that.

I’m on record saying writer’s block doesn’t exist. 

When I say that, I’m not saying that you won’t experience a feeling of idea-lessness or that life circumstances will never get in the way of your writing. Lots of people go through stretches where it is legitimately impossible to write.

What I mean is that most commonly, that feeling of writer’s block is just a feeling that you can actually power through. Learn more.


Great White Shark

Today’s featured article is about a great white shark. This one is thought to be expecting. If you are studying sharks in your homeschool, you might find this interesting.
It shows a shark, known as Deep Blue, approaching and investigating wide-eyed divers watching from steel cages at Mexico’s Guadalupe Island. As viewers can see, Deep Blue dwarfs not only the divers, but the enormous protective cage, as the female shark swims by and at one point bumps the cage with her snout. Learn more.

Go Set A Watchman

Lee Harper’s second novel Go Set A Watchman was released last month. This is article is an interesting look back on her life as an author.

“All I want to be is the Jane Austen of Southern Alabama,” Harper Lee told Roy Newquist in a taped radio conversation in 1964, her last formal interview. Lee greatly exceeded that wish with Mockingbird.  In the decades that followed its publication, Mockingbird has sold over 40 million copies, has been translated into over 40 languages and is required reading for many middle school students in the United States and beyond. Learn more.