14 posts tagged non-Fiction

7 Tips to a Successful Arts & Crafts Show

Since this is the time of year when I attend a lot of holiday shows, I've decided to use that topic for a post. I’ve been selling my books at arts & craft fairs for several years now, and over that time I've been learning plenty of tricks and picking up on advice for what to do (and some things NOT to do) to have a successful show. Whether you're an author selling books or a jewelry maker or other craft seller at a fair, this information will be useful for you! My very first craft fair ...

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History Outside the Page

If you've ever been to a zoo, you know how cool and amazing it is to learn about animals by watching them instead of only reading about them. But when you're out hiking in the woods and happen to spot a bear lumbering down his own path, nosing around a bush full of berries, not even twenty feet from you ... Well, that'll get your heart racing! Did you know that history is the same way? Most people know that if you want to see history, a museum is a good place to go. But even better is when you ...

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How I got reading again

I think it's funny when people try to excuse why they aren't interested in kids books: "My kids don't read." "My kids are grown." "We're too busy to read." "I don't have kids." "My kids are too little." It's funny because I definitely don't need an excuse for why NOT to get middle-grade books: Even if my kids didn't feel like reading that particular book, even though I'm "grown up," I read these books myself! Other adults may laugh, but it's actually my favorite genre to read. A great ...

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Make a Square Base 3D Pyramid

Here's a fun craft that doesn't take too long, and you can decorate it however you like when you're done! 1. Start with a piece of square origami paper on the table in front of you, colored side up. (Or use other lightweight paper in your choice of color/design.) Fold one edge to the other horizontally, crease, and unfold. Then make the vertical edge-to-edge fold, crease, and unfold.   2. Flip the paper over and fold one corner of the paper up to the opposite corner, creasing it on the ...

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Excellent Egyptian fare: Ful Medames

All the different places I've lived in and visited have given me a taste for different kinds of foods. Ful medames (or just ful, pronounced 'fool') is a favorite dish in Egypt. It's sometimes eaten for breakfast, but you can enjoy it whenever you like. If you use dried beans, which makes for the best taste, you'll need to start the night before you plan to eat it. Otherwise, you can use canned beans. For about 6 servings, you'll need: 2 cups dried *fava beans (broad beans) 1 cup dried red ...

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Next, Arthur goes to …

If you've read The Minotaur Riddle, you probably figured out that Arthur Grey is all geared up for the Department of Investigations. And that sounds like it's in Egypt! Are you ready for pyramids, Cairo, scarab beetles, curses, and a mysterious eye? For now, get a peek at some facts and legends from the land of Egypt.    

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A Minotaur in Space??

Forget the labyrinth, the Minotaur's now in space! Ok, so it's not a beast, but it's a rocket, and that's close enough. Since my second book is called The Minotaur Riddle, I thought it was pretty wild to have a "real" Minotaur going out into the great big black. Here's a site with some pretty cool photos of the launch. Space.com - Minotaur Rocket

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That Holiday between Halloween & Christmas

So, I probably shouldn’t be startled at this anymore, but I recently picked up the mail and found two Christmas catalogs in there. “It’s not even Halloween,” I grumbled to myself (and received a raised brow from the neighbor). Not that the kids mind (“Oh-yeah, look at that! I want that!”). Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Christmas and Halloween as much as the next American. But, I'll admit, the holiday I really look forward to is Thanksgiving. I mean, who doesn't like turkey dinner, ...

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Novel vs. Series

Do you remember your favorite series to read as a kid? You know, the ones you could plow through one book after the other, eating them up like brain candy? As a kid, I read lots of series, but I never really appreciated the difference between a series and a single novel until I started writing my own. I've written stand-alone novels, and now I have The Discoveries of Arthur Grey series underway. When readers used to ask me how long it took to write a book, I'd say, "a few months". But now, ...

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It’s Greek to Me: Athens

In The Minotaur Riddle, Arthur Grey gets to visit the city of Athens. This city in Greece has been around for thousands of years and you'll find a lot of evidence of this. The Panathenaic Stadium was used for Olympic games as far back as 330 BC! It's been renovated over the centuries and was used for the modern Olympics that Greece hosted in the 1800s and again in 2004. The Parthenon is a site famous the world over. It's suffered a lot over the centuries and had pieces taken away to museums ...

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