Monday, October 26, 2015

Susan Leonard Hill 5th Annual Halloweensie Contest!

The story below is for the 5th Annual Halloweensie Contest run by Susan Leonard Hill over at her blog here.  Click the link for details!  My entry is written below (100 words or less, written for kids- as I said, more details at her site if you're interested!!

The Halloween Egg

Something rolled around inside Erik’s trick or treat bag.
He peaked in and saw a gigantic, purple object.
“Eggplant?!” he yelled.
“No, an egg,” John said
“My candy’s gone!”
“Maybe your costume scared it away.”
“Maybe it’s not my bag.”
“Let’s hatch it!”
They sprinted home along the dark streets.
Once inside, they wrapped the egg in a blanket.  John used his lamp for heat.
The brothers watched until they fell asleep.
The brothers woke-up.
“It’s hatching!” Erik shouted.
The top popped off.
“Rraaahhhh,” came a high pitched squeal as a baby dragon peaked out.

That's it!  100 words goes fast :)

Thanks for reading!!!

Erik Ammon

Saturday, October 24, 2015

PiBoIdMo NaNoWriMo NoShaveNov

Ok, so that last one, I made up the abbreviation acronym.

There are strange things afoot' at the Circle K...
We watched this last night with my 10 y/o daughter...she liked it :)
err, I mean there are lots of things going on this November.

And, I may take them all on.

No Shave November?  That's the easiest- I'd rather not shave, my wife and son don't mind...but my daughter hates it.  Plus, it'll help raise money for ridding the world of cancer.

NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month.  The goal is to write 50,000 words for a novel in one month.  This does not, of course, mean the novel is done.  It's to help inspire you to get the words down and NOT worry about editing while you go...that's nothing but a momentum killer.  For me, I'd like to get a chapter book or two done for the 2nd-4th grade level.  I know that's a huge range of reading ability, but I'm not sure where this first book is going yet.  Once I get BIC (Butt In Chair), and start typing, I'll know more.

PiBoIdMo? Picture Book Idea Month.  30 ideas in 30 days.  I ended up in the mid thirties last year, I think.  I did use a few for actual manuscripts, one I love dearly, and that's all you can hope for.  The ideas can be a character, a plot, location, line, etc.  Any kind of idea that can be used or turned into a picture book.

So, that's the month.

Are you tackling any of these?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Guest Post: Book Review: THE MAZE RUNNER

My son, Connor, had to do a book review for school (6th grade).  I asked if he'd be interested in me posting it here as I've been wanting to do a few more book reviews on here.  He said, "Sure!" So, without further ado, here's his book review of The Maze Runner by James Dashner (please note, this was his write up for an oral presentation- so you don't see the props he had :) )

"How would you feel if you had no memory, were surrounded by strangers, and couldn’t escape because you were surrounded by 100 feet tall walls?
In The Maze Runner when Thomas wakes up around a group of strangers he has so many questions, but they all ignore him. They ask him his name and he realizes his name is the only thing he remembers. After a “tour” of the big open field full of farms and the houses that they call the glade he decides he wants to help in the maze. Everybody laughs but he is still determined to do it. Next, a runner, or person who runs the maze then makes a map, said he found a dead griever. Thomas asks what grievers are but nobody will answer him. The leader of the runners and the leader of the glade both go out to see the dead griever. Later, a little bit before the walls of the maze close, they still aren’t back, and everybody gets nervous.
This is my favorite part of the book because Thomas is willing to save  two people he doesn’t even know. In the book it says “They were getting closer but the walls had already started to close. Thomas knew what he had to do. He moved forward into the maze squeezing through the closing wall. He stepped into the maze and the loud boom bounced off the ivy covered stone like mad laughter.”
I loved this book because it was action packed. I suggest the book and the whole series to anyone who likes fast paced action books."

Back to me: Have you read the Maze Runner? What did you think? He said there was one book review that caught his eye (err, ear) but couldn't remember the title- maybe you can help- something about a chicken with telekinesis...sounds intriguing :)