STORYSTORM Story Ideas 8 & 9

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I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Even though I’ve been busy with work, January isn’t quite as crazy as November. I’m glad they switched months.

Idea 8: Not sure of this one, but I was thinking of a time travel story where a child journeys to the future and helps an older person all to discover at the end that the person she helped was her older self. What do you think?

Idea 9: I would really like to create a young adult romance once day: maybe a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story. Maybe Juliet is considered the bad influence or undesirable one and Romeo’s family is set against them dating.

STORYSTORM Story Ideas 5-7

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I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Remember that today is the last day you can register if you wish to join us.

The end of the week got a bit crazy around here, so I’m a few days behind. Here are ideas 5, 6, and 7.

  • Idea 5: How about a picture book where an experiment goes wrong? Like a child creates a formula to make him grow taller but he ends up huge and then maybe very tiny before he can create the right formula to change himself back to normal size and decide he’s good with who he is now.
  • Idea 6: Maybe a chapter book about a child who enjoys cooking/baking like his mom, but the kids at school tease him over it. Not sure what would change their minds. Maybe he competes on a reality cooking show or something goes wrong in the school cafeteria and he steps in to whip up something. I’ll work that part out later.
  • Idea 7: How about a picture book about the journey of the Three Wise Men from the camels’ perspectives?

A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen

A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen must be one of the most beautiful, magical tales of the season ever written.

As has long been a family tradition, once the season is over the Christmas tree is taken out to the yard and placed in the garden to lay until spring. After this particular Christmas, the trees around the garden wake from their winter slumber to hear the story of the young fir and the important part he played in the family’s lives.

Once in a while a seasonal story touches your heart in such a way you can’t help but share it. That’s certainly true of A Tree’s Christmas. I smiled. I cried. It truly warmed my heart. This is a book that will be treasured for years to come. The reading of A Tree’s Christmas would be the perfect tradition to start in your home. I know I’ll be starting it in mine.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Hardcover: 68 pages
Publisher: Clearview Communications Publishing; 1st edition (September 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979359317
ISBN-13: 978-0979359316

I received a free copy from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

STORYSTORM DAY 4

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I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Remember that you can register through January 7 if you wish to join us. We are in the fourth day of this event where writers endeavor to create 30 story ideas in 30 days. Daily posts at founder Tara Lazar’s blog provide tons of inspiration and they are giving away prizes at the end.

Idea #4: Two of my last four books (Little Shepherd and Amos Faces His Bully (under contract)) place fictional characters in Biblical settings. I would like to write a story about a young Samaritan girl witnessing Jesus as he speaks with the woman at the well. Not sure on the details yet, but perhaps this conversation changes the girl’s perception of herself. Samaritans being looked down on by the Jews, maybe this brings about a change in the way this girl behaves toward a Jewish girl and that changes how the Jewish girl acts toward her.

STORYSTORM Story Ideas 1 -3

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As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be participating in STORYSTORM this month where I endeavor to create 30 story ideas in 30 days. I’ll be posting my ideas at this blog to keep track of them. Since I’ve been busy goofing off, I was a few days behind in getting started. Here are my first three story ideas:

  • Idea 1: As you may know, I am a lover of history. I would like to start a time travel series where two or three kids (maybe siblings, maybe friends) travel to the past via a certain object (perhaps an old diary from an ancestor or locket). The kids would meet historical figures along the way and help solve some problem. Once the problem is solved the object would bring them back home. My first stop would be Colonial America, then maybe America during the Civil War, and perhaps they would even spend some time with one of our former presidents.
  • Idea 2: I would also like to create a Scooby-Doo type mystery series where a group of kids get themselves mixed up in solving crazy mysteries.
  • Idea 3: Last idea for today would be a short story about Mother Goose characters getting their rhymes all mixed up.

Does STORYSTORM sound like something you would enjoy? Registration is open through January 7.

Light In My Dark Book Blast and Giveaway

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Sixteen-year-old Harper Deveraux has longed for an adventure ever since her mother died of cancer four years ago. Much to her dismay, she is stuck in Glen Eden, a small mountain town in upstate New York that does little to fuel her hopes and dreams.

Another year of high school has begun, and with the Moon Dance only a few weeks away, Harper suddenly finds herself torn between the affections of two boys: her best friend Jack, and a new boy from the City named Knes who might not be from this world.

Strange things begin to happen in Glen Eden when Harper uncovers a mystery that involved her mother and a realm shrouded in darkness that lies beyond the wall… A realm that Knes intends to take her to. Only Jack stands in his way.

Light In My Dark, is an action-packed modern YA fantasy, filled with dark forces, love, and self-discovery.

EXCERPT

The heat under Harper’s sweater disappeared the longer she stared at the house. Goose bumps tickled her flesh. She wrapped her arms around her body, but the chill remained. Even so, her eyes refused to look away from the house.

“Well,” she said,” in the real world it is said that she fell through the floor in a part of the house that was still under construction at the time. No mystery there. Just an accident.”

Jack raised an eyebrow at her. “In the middle of the night? Who goes walking around a construction site in the middle of the night? That’s just stupid. What gets me is that’s what all the tourists come to see, not the lake or the mountains or anything else that Glen Eden has to offer. Give the house a ghost, and they come running.”

“Maybe it deserves a ghost. At least then it would be lived in.”

Neither one said anything for a moment as they stared at the mansion.

Finally, Jack spoke again. “There must be over a hundred rooms in there. It’d take days to explore them all.”

“It’d be an adventure.”

“You’d like that, wouldn’t you?”

BUY LINKS:

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/light-in-my-dark/id1153359302
AMAZON:https://www.amazon.com/Light-My-Dark-Beyond-Wall-ebook/dp/B01LVVONUS
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KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/light-in-my-dark
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Publisher’s Website:  http://www.roguehousepublishing.co.nz

William Dresden is an author and award-winning screenwriting. He spent several years as a script doctor and pursued the dream of writing hollywood blockbusters. Now he mostly writes fiction and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. William currently lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Visit William online at:

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Jean Gilbert is an award winning speculative fiction writer from New Zealand. She is a Core member of SpecFicNZ, and is also the coordinator for SpecFicNZ Central. Jean’s novels include the Vault Agency Series: Shifters, Ardus, and The Vault. You can find her short stories Blonde Obsession in Baby Teeth: Bite Size Tales of Terror, and Pride in the Contact Light Anthology.

Visit Jean online at:

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William & Jean will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner
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Picture Book Idea Month is Now STORYSTORM!

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During last month’s virtual book tour, I spoke a lot about Picture Book Idea Month and how it helped me to come up with more story ideas than ever before and led to the publication of Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving and Amos Faces His Bully being under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing. Though it used to take place in November and was limited to picture book authors, its founder, Tara Lazar, moved this annual event to January and renamed it STORYSTORM so that the broader scope can inspire even more writers to fulfill their dreams. You can read more about the changes here.

While I was goofing off between Christmas and New Year’s I missed all this fun stuff, so I am playing catch up now. Good thing it’s only January 2. 🙂

Want to join us? Register here by January 7th!