Five Links 4/4/2020
1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/03/lets-have-some-fun-2.html “Goodness knows, we need all the fun we can get right now. So in lieu of my usual craft column, I’m declaring today an official TKZ Fun Zone (TKZFZ). Let’s play a game.
The name of the game is Less Interesting Books. You take a well known title and change a word or two to come up with a not-so-compelling alternative. For example:” My entry: The Hangar Games.
2. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2020/03/the-writing-tip-double-double/ “But I’ll tell you what else–as discomforting as things are right now, I am proud of us too. Most are working hard to social distance, navigate upended schedules and work environments, help kids at home adjust, and find ways to maintain a positive mindset. And that, friends, is amazing. 🙂
In uncertain times, we struggle because we don’t feel in control. And this is precisely why it’s so important for us to focus our energy away from worrying and toward something within our power to do.
It’s wonderful to see many of you taking this unexpected time at home to work on your novels, or research writing craft, marketing, or other aspects of career management. This is a great way to redirect toward something meaningful, which contributes to a healthier mindset.”
Research & Some Fun Bits:
Some Things More Serious:
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
1. https://middlegrademojo.com/2020/03/31/mo-books-the-queen-bee-and-me-by-gillian-mcdunn/ “We’re excited to feature award winning author of Catepillar Summer, Gillian McDunn and her latest novel, The Queen Bee and Me in today’s Mo-books! In this book, Gillian weaves together a nuanced story about friendship. She combines interesting facts about bees along with authentic voice and heart-warming characters.
Middle Grade Mojo: What was your inspiration for the story? Are their many similarities to your own life”
2. https://middlegrademojo.com/2020/04/01/cover-reveal-the-secret-notebook/ “Riley Green is certain her lie detector pen will improve her status in a school full of kids from the most powerful families of Washington, D.C. But her plan collapses when her invention idea is stolen, her favorite teacher goes missing, and mysterious threats appear around the capitol. Before vanishing, Riley’s teacher entrusts her with her most prized possession, the lost notebook of Nikola Tesla, legendary inventor and scientist. Now Riley and her friends must protect the notebook from thieves who want to steal the notebook for the dangerous invention detailed inside. When Riley discovers another secret, she must decode a mysterious message before it’s too late. Her teacher’s life depends on it. – Capstone Edition Aug/2020
A fun mystery involving the lost notebook of Nikola Tesla? Yes, PLEASE!
I’ve had the pleasure of reading this and it is SOO good. I’ll be posting a full review as the release gets closer, but you should go ahead and pre-order it here.
Keep up with the launch happenings, etc. by following Debbie D’Aurelio on Twitter at @dadaurelio”
TV shows: 1.