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 on: August 23, 2014, 10:00:28 AM 
Started by nickraw - Last post by nickraw
I'm trying to complete an assignment that deals with the follow topic: the corruption of our legal system and my supportive details are: police officer, attorneys, the court (judges, magistrates) and children services (ie: DCF)

I located some info for the officer and the court but need greater details regarding the attorneys and child services   

 on: August 23, 2014, 09:44:59 AM 
Started by nickraw - Last post by nickraw
My article is on the struggles of school within in each grade level and the lessons it provides and trying to convince kids to stay in school becomes it's beneficial than dropping out.

other article about the unjustice of our system giving insight to kids

please help trying to find magazines that match the specifications of the articles


 on: August 23, 2014, 08:52:36 AM 
Started by nickraw - Last post by nickraw
Any moto-X parents, riders or fans out there?

I'm interested in teen, co-ed. If you like to surf videos, here's a fun one on Ashley Fiolek: . I think she's 17 in this video, but I'm not sure.

One thing that bugs me about my research on are the womanizing pics of the "girls of motocross." But it did give me a storyline idea for a female protagonist struggling to compete co-ed and managing male challengers' expectations of her.

I'd love to hear from parents or riders on the thrill of the action and places to find about more about young adults in motocross.

 on: August 23, 2014, 08:41:45 AM 
Started by nickraw - Last post by nickraw
trying to finish an assignment and searching for issues in the two world countries that some how makes our environment better

the only thing I can think about are the following:
 A) Polygamy/ countries were women still have no right and where sometimes majority are stuck their because of it's rules of women to leave
 B) Israel and Iraq where every corner there's a "warrior or solider" stand with a gun
 C) Colombia with pollution

Some like this in which the government has taken over the life of the citizens

I appreciate any helpful advice

 on: August 20, 2014, 11:29:38 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by salex
Thank you Ms. Jan. I especially enjoyed reading "Write from the Heart".

 on: August 20, 2014, 07:16:44 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
Children's Writers eNews
August 21, 2014
"The Write Words to Read"
The Institute of Children's Literature
Editor: Jan Fields --

“There is only one plot—things are not what they seem.”
 —Jim Thompson
1. News
2. Online in Rx
3. At the Writer's Retreat
4. What's New at Kristi's?
5. Market
6. Cool Site
7. Essay
8. Good News
1. Kristi Holl is blogging again. Yay!
2. In the Rx
"Write from the Heart" with Sandy Asher
"There are things that won't let go of me until I write about them, things that make me angry, that frighten me, that make me laugh out loud, and so on."
3. Are You On The Writer's Retreat?
The August discussion on "Goal + Motivation + Conflict + Tension" is going on now.

And for all visitors whether registered or not, you'll find plenty of helpful information: get help for student lessons. Learn to build solid plots. Share your ups and downs with fellow writers. It's all there.
4. What's New at Kristi's?

Friday, August 15: "No Motivation or Willpower? A Simple Solution"
Willpower is a limited resource. And motivation, based on your feelings, comes and goes. But mini habits can make writing easy!

Tuesday, August 19: "The Best YES"
Learn to discern where your help is truly needed. Then say "no" and "not now" more often so you can give your best YES to your writing.

5. Young Adult Fiction Writing Contest
$500 grand prize. Extended deadline: August 29, 2014
Entry fee.
6. 4 Tips for Writing Great Scenes
Tips to help you write scenes that grab "readers and keep them glued to the page!"
7. Successful Fiction for Educational Markets

Successful Educational Fiction tells a good story AND DOES ONE THING MORE.
* The story may bring in some connection to standards, making it both a good story AND a story that can be used to help teach a specific subject. For example: Tumblehome Publishing only does fiction with STEM connections.
* Fiction for reluctant readers often brings in either a hot topic (like ghosts or monsters or sports), hot genre (like mystery or action-adventure) or uses humor to engage reader interest.
* The story may illustrate character traits or deal with social issues (like bullying). And over-the-top characters are often used in series to work out common social conflicts in elementary school. Over-the-top personalities are popular where the personality of the character is the source of both the problem and the solution in each story. Publishers are looking for character growth as a core element to the story, even when you’re writing mystery, science fiction, or adventure.
* Many times books for the youngest readers take universal themes and then inject a hearty dose of creativity to make them a bit more unique. Publishers want their books to be THE SAME but TOTALLY DIFFERENT. To manage that, they’re often looking for common themes with totally different execution.
8. Good News

Shelly Pollock:  My non-fiction article, "Human Towers," was published in the August '14 issue of THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE.  The best way to describe what a human tower is, and to see for yourself several of them actually being built, is to go to:  I would also like to thank Pat Thompson, my ICL instructor, for her feedback on this article and all her encouragement.

Liana Mahoney: My debut picture book, FOREST GREEN, was released in July 2014 with North Country Books.

What's Your Good News? Send to -- be sure to put "good news" in the subject line since I get a lot of book announcements due to the review work I do. So I don't want your good news to slip through the cracks.

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 on: August 15, 2014, 12:37:40 PM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jojocookie
Sometimes it's really fun to write a cantankerous, uptight and cranky character. I have to admit, it gives me a buzz.  Grin

 on: August 15, 2014, 11:58:22 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by judyr
Secondary characters with opposing goals add tension... which is always nice.

 on: August 15, 2014, 11:15:36 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jfields
The secondary characters goals may support the MC, or might be in conflict, or might be some combination of both depending upon what motivates that goal. For the secondary character I mentioned, he wants ultimately to find out why his friend seems to be losing interest in being his friend and fix that. At first that goal puts him in conflict with the MC's goal of secrecy -- but once that changes, the secondary character then wants to help the MC reach his ultimate goal because that will bring them back to being best friends.

 on: August 15, 2014, 10:56:39 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by judyr
Thank you, Jan. I was thinking more about secondary characters supporting the main character's goal, but it makes more sense for them to have their own goals.

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