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Almost Done!

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Can you believe it! I’m almost done with a middle grade manuscript. Since I wasn’t making any progress on a short book that I was writing, I laid it aside and picked another writing project up, dusted it off, and started the editing process. This is why it’s a good idea to have a few writing projects in the works. At times, most writers will reach a stopping point and need a distraction.

My current book is called Sucked into Cyberspace. It is written for middle grades. The story takes place at a computer technology school in the future. The story is a mystery written from a 6th grader’s point of view. The story is focused around the character’s desire to find his father who has disappeared. At the school, Devon, the main character, confronts a computer virus in the virtual reality game called VOLT for Virtual Laser Tag.

One of the inspirations for the book came from all the new virtual gear about to enter the market like Oculus Rift. I am so pumped to see what Facebook does with this emerging technology.

What do you think virtual reality will look like in the next five years?


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The World Wide Web turned 25 years old on Wednesday on 3/12/14. The Internet, however, is older. Not many people know the difference or frankly care, but there is a difference between WWW and the Net.

The Net, as it turns out was started by….wait for it… the U.S. Department of Defense. Turns out the government can do something right. In 1958, they founded the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), which in turn created the ARPANET in 1969, a network of mainframe computers at major universities.


The Net was dubbed a “network of networks.” It is the infrastructure that connects networks across the world, including both the hardware (computers, servers, cables and more) and the software.

When you use an app on your phone, send an instant message, transfer a file, or simply send an email, you are using the Internet.

The Web is just another avenue for transmitting data over the Internet by entering a string of characters called a uniform resource locator (URL) into a browser, which doesn’t require www at the beginning as you may have noticed. This URL code describes the location of a document, like my blog, written in (HTML).

Sir Tim Berners-Lee posited the idea on March 12, 1989, making it 25 years old. Need more of an explainer? You might want to consult the very first website, created in 1990, and still up today.

I felt it was worth mentioning on my blog since would not be possible if it weren’t for this invention. But what does it all mean? Weigh in if you have an opinion.

How to Write a Children’s Book


It’s Friday and I’m thinking about the story that I’m going to publish and the one that I’m rewriting now. How do you write a children’s book anyway? What are the basic steps? If you don’t know much about writing, good news–there are steps to writing a children’s books. For me, the steps often go out-of-order. With most disciplines, there are several ways to get to the finish line. This video offers a unique approach to the basics of story telling. Give it a look and listen and then get writing.

How to Write a Book


Yep, this is how to write a book. Kaleb Nation hits it out of the park with this video. Although I don’t stay up until 2 am, many of the ideas on how to write a book he nails down quite well. The idea just hits you. Inspiration and the start. The long middle….”I want to give up!” “Will I ever finish this book project?”

Plotting….replotting…figuring out backstory of characters…rewriting…rewriting

Boom! All the ideas in your head connect on paper. “I can finish.”

That golden moment when the end is in sight. Breath, you’re almost done.

The Common Core State Standards


Take a look and a listen to this video on the Common Core State Standards. If you had any questions, this will help you visualize what the standards are and why we need them.

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