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by yvonblake
Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: One Comma Rule (out of zillions)
Replies: 5
Views: 3737

Re: One Comma Rule (out of zillions)

Thanks!

I had learned the "no comma after a conjunction rule," but I had never heard of FANBOYS until last week at the FW Gathering. It's a good way to remember that.
by yvonblake
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: One Comma Rule (out of zillions)
Replies: 5
Views: 3737

Re: One Comma Rule (out of zillions)

So in these two sentences - In time you will learn to use commas correctly. (No comma is necessary after ‘time.’) Because of Jesus we are all free. (No comma is necessary after ‘Jesus.’) Is it incorrect to put a comma after "time" and "Jesus," or just optional? Why would you put one after "furthermo...
by yvonblake
Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:44 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writer Research
Replies: 9
Views: 5014

Re: Writer Research

Cathy, I had to smile, because I've stopped reading a book when the author had a cardinal peck at a tree. I think, if you want to add a specific detail (Atlanta or cardinal) you better be familiar with it. If not, then learn about it. I cut a whole scene out of my historical novel because I wanted t...
by yvonblake
Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writer Research
Replies: 9
Views: 5014

Re: Writer Research

Thanks for the comments, Holly. It's a good habit to research all kinds of things. Sloths and bedbugs? I haven't had the opportunity to research them. Those books by Ellis Peters sound interesting.
by yvonblake
Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writer Research
Replies: 9
Views: 5014

Re: Writer Research

Thank you for your replies. Joanne, I've never read any books by Roseanna White, but I like authors that take the time to make their writing authentic. My favorite Biblical story writer is Ellen Gunderson Traylor. You can tell she has spent a lot of time studying the culture and history of Biblical ...
by yvonblake
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writer Research
Replies: 9
Views: 5014

Writer Research

A huge 'thank you' to Yvonne Blake for writing a second lesson for me during this crazy two months when I was so very busy (we had a kitchen remodeled and went to Florida to help our daughter move, and I was working two part-time jobs). I'm very grateful to her for stepping up, and I think you'll f...
by yvonblake
Mon May 30, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing Easy Readers
Replies: 6
Views: 4013

Re: Writing Easy Readers

This is great Vonnie! That's also one of my favorite genres. My youngest was reading Junie B Jones books in kindergarten (She's 23 now!) She loved the series because it was a "chapter book" but one we could read together, often taking turns with her reading one side and I read the other. The Magic ...
by yvonblake
Mon May 30, 2016 7:20 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing Easy Readers
Replies: 6
Views: 4013

Re: Writing Easy Readers

Since I really need to direct my creativity in to my challenge entry for the week, I guess I'll stick with option one. I'm not sure if it is actually an easy reader or a picture book, but one of my kids' favorites was Robert Lopshire's Put Me in the Zoo. Yes, Holly, Put me in the Zoo is an excellen...
by yvonblake
Mon May 30, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing Easy Readers
Replies: 6
Views: 4013

Re: Writing Easy Readers

I enjoyed this lesson, and I was especially interested in your website. I think I'll pass it on to someone I know who home schools. You offer a valuable service. :) Thank you, Laurie. I have found that Polliwog Pages is especially helpful to homeschoolers. They don't usually have a place to display...
by yvonblake
Sun May 29, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing Easy Readers
Replies: 6
Views: 4013

Writing Easy Readers

Many thanks to Yvonne Blake, known to some of us as Vonnie, for stepping in with another guest lesson for me while I continue with my unusually busy two months. Like Joanne Sher’s lesson of a few weeks ago, this one covers an area that I know almost nothing about. I hope you’ll post comments and que...
by yvonblake
Sun May 15, 2016 5:30 am
Forum: Forewarned is Forearmed
Topic: Very Strange
Replies: 4
Views: 2645

Re: Very Strange

Thank you, Deb.

Contacting Amazon or Createspace might be a good idea. After all, it could be hurting them too,
at least hurting their reputation of protecting their clientele.

:thankssign
by yvonblake
Sat May 14, 2016 7:01 am
Forum: Forewarned is Forearmed
Topic: Very Strange
Replies: 4
Views: 2645

Very Strange

Twice in the last month, I've received notices from my Google Alert of this site - http://yfyiginoy.ru/vamage.pdf . I don't know how they got a copy of my book, accept on Amazon where Createspace at posted it. I know I've sold Kindle versions of it there. But can they legally give away free download...
by yvonblake
Mon May 02, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 2
Replies: 13
Views: 7044

Re: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 2

I have an observation - (and question) I've noticed that even young children like a series of similar books. I'm thinking of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and the variations of it . . . also the "Goodnight Moon" variations. I know that kids like something that they are familiar with. I also noticed...
by yvonblake
Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 1
Replies: 17
Views: 9131

Re: Writing for Children - Picture Books Part 1

Thanks, Joanne. I'm looking forward to see what you've learned. I've been considering writing a children's picture book. (and I've been reading many of them recently to my grandkids) I can see how they could be harder to write than books for older people. I'm learning which ones the kids like better...
by yvonblake
Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: The Water Cooler
Topic: Share Your Success - Cheering Section
Replies: 16
Views: 7938

Re: Share Your Success - Cheering Section

Over the last few years, I've been compiling my Challenge entries into books - COUNTRY STORE COLLECTIONS (something for everyone) http://www.yvonnebeverlyblake.com/country-store-books.html I like to write Bible stories from a different perspective, and so I had quite a collection of short stories an...

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