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26. Play Senet with the Boy King!

Summer's here! Don't let your kids sit around the house doing nothing! Instead, how about letting them...

Learn to play the ancient
Egyptian board game,
SENET,
with none other than King Tut himself!

I had so much fun creating my Scratch game ESCAPE FROM KING TUT'S TOMB in Scratch to go along with TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE, I decided to create a game to go along with the upcoming sequel.



Introducing the Scratch game PLAY SENET WITH KING TUT, the companion game for TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD.

If you have no clue how to play Senet, don't worry. I didn't know how to play either before I coded this game. Sure, there are rules on my website, but I'd suggest just playing the game in easy mode to learn. It's the easiest way.



Note: The game is in Beta release, so please let me know if you find any bugs. 

Second Note: King Tut is really good at this game, and he wins a lot. Good luck winning!

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27. TBR Monday! More Books On My List

Greetings, Book People of Earth! I kind of enjoyed doing that previous post on my TBR pile, so here's another one with a few more recent acquisitions. Comments, opinions, and ancillary recommendations are welcome!Clockwise from Upper Left: Out on... Read the rest of this post

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28. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 174 - 6.19.16


Last weekend in Seattle, my daughter and I watched the Brooks PR Invitational -- a elite high school track meet with some of the best high school runners in the country. Great stuff and a very nice precursor to Father's Day :) No steeplechase at the meet, but with it would be an event well suited to the polar bear when the icepack breaks up. 

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29. बहुत है



इस शहर में, अंजान बहुत है,
कम है इंसान,मकान बहुत है,

खुद को ढूंढता हूँ मैं, फिरता,
उनको लगे, परेशान बहुत है,

बरसता सावन भी है तरसता,
ढूँढे भगवान, शैतान बहुत है,

बाँटें जो तन्हाई जी भर के,
हर दर ऐसी, दुकान बहुत है

भागते जा रहे है सब 'साथी',
अँधा होने में, शान बहुत है || Dr DV ||

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30. Bohemian Rhapsody

When you’re trapped in traffic, at a crawl
And want to scream or curse or bawl,
The radio relief can bring
If there’s a song which you can sing.

My all-time favorite in the car,
From rock & roll’s deep reservoir,
To help my traffic-stress release
Is Queen’s amazing masterpiece.

I belt it out at fever pitch
And to falsetto I can switch.
The highway seems to melt away;
I’m underneath the lyrics’ sway.

And when I hear the ending phrase
I shake myself out of a daze
So grateful that this classic song
Has made my trip a tad less long.

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31. My tweets

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32. What if I just don't feel like it? Using acting skills in your writing.

I started writing  a completely different post to this but recent events have put me in a dark mental place and I suspect I'm not the only one.

First there was Orlando. There are no words for the pointless destruction wrought on the people in the night club there. I'm not going to share any more of that hate though, I'm going to share a bit of love:






And then...I won't go into politics here,  but most of you reading this will be well aware that the UK is having a referendum on whether or not to leave the EU.  I  attempted to engage in debate about this - true, informed, educated debate designed to help all involved, including myself, have a better picture of the potential impact of the referendum result.

I was polite, restrained, mildly funny and I got completely trolled on twitter for it. Nasty, aggressive, rude, sometimes moderately informed, always biased and vile team trolling. I withdrew. There was no debate to be had, I was hunted by a group of campaigners actively requesting assistance to "Take down this b*tch."

And now Jo Cox, Labour M.P. for Batley and Spen,  has been killed and I don't know if it has anything to do with the referendum but I can't help but feel the  nature of some quarters of the campaign verbally  reflect precisely the aggressive  and violent actions that brought this young woman's life to an end.

I am tearful. I am sad. I am in no mood to write - but....

I have a book to finish.

So how do you control your mood so you can effectively produce what's needed on the page?


1. Listen to music. 

Music can turn your mood around - you can pump up your heart rate or swell with emotion if you choose the right sound track. I never listen to music when I'm writing ( well, rarely, sometimes classical tracks) but I often do to get me in the mood before writing.  Guaranteed mood changers for me are:

  • Eminem's Lose Yourself is my power up track.





  • Pharrell Williams Happy  to cheer me up: 



  • Coldplay's Fix You to make me weepy:






2. Pretend:

 I used to be an actor, where pretend is your bread and butter. Here are a few simple tricks for you:

  •  If you're down and you need to not be,  force yourself to smile - this can genuinely work.
  •  If you need to write something upbeat and strong try the Wonderwoman stance. Stand up, raise both arms in a V above your head then bring your fists down to your hips, arms akimbo. Job done. You are powered up.
  • Need to write a sad scene but you're full of the joys of spring? This is hard, be prepared to dig deep - think about something really sad that happened to you. Touch all the emotion but don't let it swallow you - this is work, you are using your experience for your writing  so you need to control it.
  • Stand in front of a mirror and act out your character's part - be sincere and note how your feelings actually feel.

3. Write something else:

If you really aren't in the mood to write your  touching romance scene, don't. Work on something else. If you're angry, where can you use that emotion in your book? Write that scene instead.

4. Step away from your desk:

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can't shake off the mood you're in and you can't put it to good use. Accept it. You're human. Walk the dog. Make a cup of tea. Eat some chocolate (dark chocolate is genuinely a mood enhancer). Put some dance music on and clean the house. And if you just need to be sad for a bit, that's OK too.


In the light of what's happened recently, I want to recommend a couple of books that make you think and might just make the world a better place.

Jeannie Waudby's One of Us  
Robin Talley's Lies We Tell Ourselves.
Lisa Williamson's The Art of Being Normal.

Please make your own recommendations in the comments section.

Play nice. Be kind. Let's be better.



Kathryn Evans is the author of More of Me: A gripping thriller with a sinister sci-fi edge, exploring family, identity and sacrifice. She has been nominated for  The Edinburgh Festival First Book award, you can vote for her book here














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33. Acknowledgements

We all want to thank the people who have helped us with our book, but make sure they want to be publicly acknowledged.

http://www.katemessner.com/think-before-you-thank-writers-acknowledgments/

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34. आईए मनाए योग दिवस

आईए मनाए योग दिवस …और योग दिवस धूमधाम और हर्षोल्लास के साथ मनाया गया , बेशक आज की हैड लाईन या ब्रेकिंग न्यूज यही है … पर किसी के दिल पर क्या बीती योग किस तरह से मनाया ये तो वही जाने जिसने  योग दिवस मनाया हो … बिल्कुल आईए मनाएं योग दिवस … हर […]

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35. My tweets

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36. Under Lock and Key

The eyeglass store’s brand new; it moved
From just across the street.
The stock is current, fresh and cool;
Displays are nice and neat.

But unlike some establishments,
Its style is from the past.
The frames are under lock and key,
Although the choice is vast.

So every time I saw one
I’d consider for myself,
A store employee with a key’d
Unlock the drawer or shelf.

He’d watch me as I’d try it on
And wait for my decision.
My interest waned beneath the weight
Of constant supervision.

In other shops the customer
Is left to his devices
To try on every single pair
That possibly entices.

I left the store with my old glasses
Perched upon my face.
My search will now continue
At a far more trusting place.

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37. अंतराष्ट्रीय योग दिवस – योग के फायदे

अंतराष्ट्रीय योग दिवस – योग के फायदे बेशक योग दिवस के बहुत फायदे होते हैं पर हमारे देश की राजनीति भी महान है विपक्ष इस पर भी राजनीति करने से नही पीछे … वो कहते हैं  है कि अहम मुद्दों से ध्यान भटकाने के लिए आने वाले दिनों में भाजपा ऐसे अनेकों दिवस मनाएगी . […]

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38. After the Offer

Here's a checklist of things to consider before you accept an offer.

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2016/05/between-offer-and-acceptance-checklist.html

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39. Top Reading Posts of All Time

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This was my nightstand a few weeks back. Yes, The Life of Bees is still there. Why do you ask?

I turned in edits on Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine on Friday. So guess what? I’m going to do a LOT of reading in the next few weeks. As I dig in, I hope readers here might find some good reads of their own through the links below.

Theses posts are a part of a monthly series. You can see the first, Top Posts of All Time, here, and the second, My Favorite Posts of All Time, here, and the third, Top Writing Posts of All Time, here.

Fast Five: Novels About Teachers and Their Students

Reading in the Wild: 5 Things Wild Readers Do

Literary Lessons from Gone Girl

Starting a Book Club for Kids

Beyond Little House: Middle-Grade Frontier Books

Reading is a Generous Act

Reading Aloud to Older Kids

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40. MMGM Links (6/20/16)

In the middle of the all-nighter I'm pulling to get Lodestar turned in today (OMG MY BRAIN IS READY TO BREAK) So these may be the iffiest MMGM links yet. But here you go:

- Angela Russell joins the MMGM fun with a feature on FLICKERS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Emily at Literary Hoots is also joining the MMGM fun with a feature on WOLF HOLLOW. Click HERE to welcome her to the group!
- Dorine White thinks the AWESOME 8 are awesome! Click HERE to read her review.
Suzanne Warr has chills for ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Books 4 Learning is cheering for THE WEDNESDAY WARS. Click HERE to read her review.
- Greg Pattridge is spotlighting the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ALMANAC 2017--with a giveaway! Click HERE to see what he thought.   
- Rosi Hollinbeck is reviewing--and GIVING AWAY--THE SLEEPOVER. Click HERE for details.   
- Natalie Aguirre has an author (and agent) guest post, and a GIVEAWAY of STICKS & STONES. Click HERE for details.
- Reading Violet is highlighting DAWN OF SPIES. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- The Mundie Moms are always huge supporters of middle grade. Click HERE for their Mundie Kids site. 
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time.
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week.

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately--and please don't forget to say what book you're featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday. (usually before 11pm PST is safe--but if I'm traveling it can vary. When in doubt, send early!) (Also make sure the post you send me is a new post, not one from earlier in the week. I try to keep the content fresh)

If you miss the cutoff, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you, but I will not have time to update the post. Same goes for typos/errors on my part. I do my best to build the links correctly, but sometimes deadline-brain gets the best of me, and I'm sorry if it does. For those wondering why I don't use a Linky-widget instead, it's a simple matter of internet safety. The only way I can ensure that all the links lead to safe, appropriate places for someone of any age is if I build them myself. It's not a perfect system, but it allows me to keep better control.

Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome meme, and spreading the middle grade love!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me. 

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41. विवादित, बडबोले, अमर्यादित बयान और निशाने पर महिलाए

विवादित, बडबोले, अमर्यादित बयान और निशाने पर महिलाए ( अगर नेट पर विवादित बयान सर्च करेंगें तो आप पाएगें कि  भरा पडा है गूगल सर्च नेताओ के विवादित बयानो से )  आज अचानक सुर्खियों में आए सलमान खान अपने विवादित बयान रेप्ड  वूमन के साथ जोकि न सिर्फ महिलाओ को बल्कि उनके फैंस को भी […]

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42. Book Tour and Guest Post: THIS NIGHT SUCKS by Elizabeth J.M. Walker...

Welcome to the Book Tour for Elizabeth J.M. Walker's new novella, This Night Sucks!

Follow the tour each day to read reviews, guest posts, and exclusive excerpts.


Book Details:

From the author of She Dreamed of Dragons

Title: This Night Sucks

Author Name: Elizabeth J.M. Walker

Genre(s): Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Vampires, Comedy

Release Date: June 17, 2016

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing 

Mirror World Publishing Link:  

Amazon Link: 

Link to the Tour Schedule:



About the Book:

Lana is a high school senior enrolled in Vampire Education – a class to teach students about the very real presence of vampires in the world. Lana and her classmates don’t really expect to meet up with any undead bloodsuckers. Vampires are a lot like other scary things that supposedly exist but you hope you’ll never come across: nudist colonies, mad cow disease, and your parents’ sex life.

What is part of Lana’s everyday reality is navigating through one last year of high school while desperately trying to be less nerdy. She still loves spaceships, fantasy novels, and cat stickers, but she also recently got her braces removed, grew boobs, and is working on the makeup thing. She never expected her crush-of-a-lifetime Pete to even notice her – let alone ask her out on a date. 

The date is going great until Pete’s ex-girlfriend Katy shows up, all bloody and pissed off. Lana quickly realizes that Katy is not just her ordinary bitchy self – she has been turned into a vampire. After a near death experience, Lana learns that she is changing into a vampire too.

Lana needs answers, and the only way to get them is to find the vampire who started the chain of events – and to find him before sunrise...

Fun Vampire Facts – Book Edition!

1.      One of the first recorded accounts of a vampire dates back to an ancient Sumerian and Babylonian myth dating to 4,000 B.C.
2.      Over 1,000 vampire novels have been published, most within the past 25 years.
3.      The first full work of fiction about a vampire in English was John Polidori’s The Vampyre. The Vampyre was a short work of fiction published in 1819.
4.      Bram Stoker’s Dracula, published in 1897, remains an enduring influence on vampire mythology and has never gone out of print.
5.      A key inspiration for Dracula was said to have been Vlad the Impaler, the 15th-century Transylvanian-born prince.
6.      The character Dracula has been featured in over 200 films.
7.      Popular vampire writer Anne Rice has sold over 100 million books.
8.      Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries have been published in several countries, including: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Greece, Germany, Czech Republic, Swden, Denmark, and many more.
9.      The children’s book Bunnicula, by James and Deborah Howe, has won more than ten Children’s Choice awards, including the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Nene Award.
10.  The Twilightbooks are the only vampire related book series to have sold over 100 million copies. 

Meet the Author:


Elizabeth J. M. Walker lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She has always loved books and writing. As a teen she discovered zines, which inspired her to publish her own litzine of odd fairy tales for over a decade.

She Dreamed of Dragons is her first novel.

Connect with Elizabeth J.M. Walker:

Facebook: 

Amazon US: 


Publisher Website: 

Author Website: 



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43. Calling All Aussie and Brit Spec Fic Fans!

Received in my email yesterday the following request from a lady doing her Masters thesis on diversity in speculative fiction. This is a subject that is being much discussed recently and it will be interesting to see what results she comes up with in her thesis. I'm going to do it.

Sorry, Australian and British fans only this time.

Take it away, Rachel Aitken!

Calling all science fiction and fantasy literature fans! I'm Rachel, and I'm a student from Scotland studying the MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University. I'm currently conducting research for my dissertation, which aims to critically analyse racial and gender diversity within sci fi and fantasy fiction, specifically in the UK and Australia. I'm looking for participants to complete the following survey, where you will be asked about yourself, your opinions on diversity in the genre, with some case study questions regarding book cover decisions as well. The survey itself shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes, and I will be extremely grateful if you could complete it! It's for British and Australian participants only, as I am investigating differences in the genre between these two countries. The deadline for answers is July 17th. You can contact myself, if you have any questions, on Twitter (@rh_aitken) and you can access the survey here. Thank you again! 

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44. Juncture has a new web site (and our next newsletter is launching soon)

Juncture Workshops has a new web site to accommodate our growing number of offerings. (We've added a Cape May, NJ, workshop; we'll be conducting a one-day workshop in a major garden next fall; and we'll be offering videos and online instruction by year's end. The new site makes room for all of this.)

I share the link here.

And: Those of you interested in joining the conversation are welcome to sign up for our newsletter (through the Juncture web site). The fourth edition features thoughts on the place of poetry in life stories, brilliant commentary by poet/memoirist Brian Turner, new "homework," a reader response, and memoir commentary and critique. It's free. 

Existing subscribers, please look for the next issue within the coming 24 hours.

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45. मजाक उड़ाना कितना सार्थक

मजाक उड़ाना कितना सार्थक बात मजाक उडाने की चले तो हमारे जहन में सोशल मीडिया और खासकर टवीटर आता है क्योकि  कम से कम शब्दों में इतना भयंकर मजाक उडाया जाता है वहां कि बस पूछो ही मत .. पर पर पर .. जरा ठहरिए .. अगर आप ये सोच रहे हैं तो जरा रुकिए […]

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46. Monday Mishmash 6/20/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. After Loving You  I'm getting my Ashelyn Drake NA contemporary romance ready for it's early October release. I've gone through edits and now I'm proofing. 
  2. Visions of Mockingbird Point  The final installment of the Curse of the Granville Fortune series is now available. Find out if J.B. and the gang find the fortune and break the curse. Grab your copy here
  3. Father's Day  I hope all the dads had a great Father's Day!
  4. Exercise  I've been running, walking, playing tennis, and swimming. I love that I'm getting so much exercise, but my bedtime has gotten out of hand. I can barely stay awake until nine because I'm exhausted!
  5. The Secret Sister  My daughter is hard at work on her book, The Secret Sister. She's on chapter sixteen now and already has a cover! I can't wait to see the finished product.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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47. CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway!

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards were announced today from an impressive shortlist:

And the winners are:
CILIP Carnegie for an outstanding book written in English: ONE by Sarah Crossan
Kate Greenaway for best illustrated book: THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDEL illustrated by Chris Riddel, written by Neil Gaimen.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the awards.

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48. Coloring Page Tuesday - Millipede Read!

     I like to think that this millipede is reading "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. Terwilliker." Do you remember that one by Dr. Seuss?
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my debut novel, A BIRD ON WATER STREET - winner of six literary awards. Click the cover to learn more!
     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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49. Rock The Vault: Final Day To Enter The Draw

This is it, the last day. Here’s where we stand with the Prize Vault:

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Via Cheryl Rainfield

There are still some prizes to unlocked, so please keep sharing your #myfavoritethesaurus pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The more people share, the more prizes are unlocked!

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via Knyghtshadeart @ instagram

Have you entered the draw? Here’s the FORM.

And please visit our Prize Page for the full breakdown of all these unusual and wonderful prizes created just for writers!

You can win books, premiere writing classes, lunch with Becca or I…even a fun “mystery” experience in your own city or town.

WritersHelpingWriters2And you definitely want to get your name in for Author Accelerator’s Blueprint For A Book 5-week course.

Imagine what could you accomplish with personalized coaching for 5 weeks. What you learn will change your whole writing career.

So join us in celebrating our love of words, and our love of writing. Share a picture you’ve taken of a thesaurus online (any thesaurus, not just one of ours). Use the #myfavoritethesaurus hashtag so we can track it.

Let’s work together to unlock all the prizes!

 

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50. Loft Workshop in Minneapolis

If you are in or near Minneapolis, please come see my workshop on Interiority: Exploring a Character’s Inner Life. This topic is always on my mind. I find myself constantly commenting on interiority (thoughts, feelings, emotions) in client manuscripts. There isn’t a protagonist out there, in my humble opinion, that couldn’t stand to be developed more fully from the inside out.

This is an in-depth three-hour workshop where we’ll really dive into my favorite fiction craft topic. I hope to arm you with some inspiration and knowledge so that you can dive into your protagonist more confidently and deepen your own craft as a fiction writer.

The Loft is still taking registrations and you can find more information here. I’d love to see you on July 23rd.

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