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How Reading Classics Realizes Your Christmas Dreams: 10 Pointers via Pinocchio & Pathan


Truly on cloud nine. :)

Originally posted on cozybookbasics:

pinocchiofizaGetting children to read classic books, even hilarious ones like Pinocchio, is not always easy but the stakes couldn’t be higher. They’re our best bet for ever achieving our dreams for self-realization, rebirth, peace, redemption and goodwill to all mankind. A good boy was what Geppetto was trying to carve out of his outrageously impossible, willful puppet. What classic books come to tell us is that the paradise-on-earth we dream of is never easy but can always happen.

With more than ever readers, available books, gift-giving grandparents, creative teachers, informed parents and technological tools, we should be able to progress:
– the Gutenberg Project offers free e-book versions of all books in print
– you can download excerpts from movies of classics on devices; e.g. a mother I know used  Frozen (from a Hans Christen Andersen story) to organize a birthday party
– a variety of audiovisual resources can be used in classrooms…

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Just Published CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them

My new book , sequel to CLASSICS: Why we should encourage children to read them has just been published

and is available at Amazon.

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What Never Finishes What It Has to Say? A Classic


So true!

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

Can you believe that it’s December 1 already?

Honestly, where did this year go?

As one holiday is behind me and another is approaching, my mind has gone into holiday tradition mode. I know some people who look forward to the fun surprises of doing the daily reveal of an advent calendar.

Others who enjoy decorating or baking or having Christmas music playing all day long.

I know others who have favorite TV shows or movies they watch at least once each year at this time.

Knowing the words and songs verbatim is not a deterrent; it’s comforting and familiar.

What is it that we love so much about particular traditions, movies, stories, or books?

What is it about the classics that draw us back time and time again?

I found an answer recently that, funny enough, answers that question for me.


It’s so true, isn’t it?

A Christmas Carol

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Book Marketing Tip of the Day: The Book Report

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

Author Interviews & Book Reports


The Book Report with Host Elaine Charles is a fun, fast-moving, fact-filled show in 10 major markets across the USA.  Listen live on the internet or check their radio stations and show schedules:

A lively mix of author interviews, audio book previews and chats with those influential in the literary world, The Book Report has become appointment listening for bibliophiles and book clubs alike. It’s a great way to find out who’s hot in the book world and which titles critics and readers are buzzing about.

Like you, Elaine is a voracious reader, book club member in good standing and book lover from the days of Golden Books on.  Elaine received her undergrad degree from Boston University and Master’s from George Washington University. She’s worked overseas, at the Library of Congress and most recently at The Miami Herald.

If you have ideas on…

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Guest post no 5 by Reshel Shah Kapoor – Director of Black Sheep Documentary

I sit here trying to write something. As I look to my right I have stack of books I need to read for my masters but all I want to do is work on my film and re-live every moment of the last 35 days! It’s been a while since I wrote something. I know there was a big gap from then and now and I apologize, let’s just say film making takes away every minute of your day and night!

Last time I wrote I had spoken about how I was excited to go and film these amazing women and spend 35 days with them and make this into a documentary. It gives me great pride to say we shot it and it’s currently in post production.

It’s weird I guess I had not really been involved in a group of people’s lives so much as I had for those 35 days and I have to say I loved every minute of it. I went from day one an awkward handshake to day 35 hugging and crying because we are going to miss each other.

People say to me “wow you had a 35 day holiday”. I guess you can call it that, I learned so much about myself, the world and it’s people. I had gone to prove myself wrong about these women and what had been written about them and all I can say is how shocking it is how people are so naïve. These women are so much fun, even Fiza can tell you about them. They are loving, caring, have a number of emotions but man are they confident. They showed me how not to be scared, laugh at fear in its face and smile because secretly the world is beautiful no matter what situation you are in. They have sorrows, pain and anger that I saw, it did not make them any different from me – what did stand out about them is how their final destination is about being happy and succeeding to that objective in life. They took my hand and showed me how worrying about bills, cars, houses are so materialistic but support, friendship and love is once in a lifetime.


This film does not follow me observing their lives, it shows me being accepted into their lives, letting me be part of their world and becoming their dear friend. This film is not showing them as transgenders; it is showing them as people, wives, friends, mothers and inspirations. The film shows a friendship growing, that’s it.

When I came back I was rather in a daze  – it’s not easy to digest how you had been wanting the wrong things in life – of course I still want the big house, the lovely cars, the American express card but before all of that what I want is true happiness, to smile because I believe in every muscle of that smile being pulled and that what I am fighting for is right – the other stuff is secondary.  Anyway as I was saying when I got back someone asked me “so how are they?” the only thing I could answer “they are more of my friends, then the friends I currently have”. Even though I am miles away from them, don’t see them everyday or even speak to them- I have cried with them, celebrated with them and laughed with them – they are more friends to me then any others. I didn’t just go and shoot my first feature film, I made life long friends and sisters, and something no film can give you.  When I look at them I don’t see transgenders- I see a bunch of women I look up to and proud to call my confidant.

Here is to making a film that will give these women justice both in India and internationally – how? It’s easy by being their friends – there is no rocket science behind it, just emotions, trust and a true smile.

I will start posting again so keep tuned!

Copyright Reshel Shah

Ethical Author Code

Originally posted on Suffolk Scribblings:

I'm an Ethical Author

A couple of weeks ago the Alliance of Independent Authors announced the establishment of an Ethical Author Code in response to a general concern about the behaviour of some authors, both self-published and traditionally published. Like the vast majority of authors I know, I already follow the principles behind this code but I believe there is a real value in stating this more explicitly.

I would encourage any of my author friends to also publicly commit to this code. It doesn’t cost you anything, you aren’t signing up to an organisation, it is just a public declaration to behave responsibly and ethically in all aspects of your writing career.

To find out more, please either click on the image above or click on the link here.

Ethical Author Code

Guiding principle: Putting the reader first

When I market my books, I put my readers first. This means that I…

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Author Feature: Kristin Kula

Originally posted on M.S. Fowle:

There aren’t many in this world who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. This book may very well help others…

Cancer and Finding the Strength to

Keep Going

by Kristin Kula

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Genre(s): Self-Help, Non-Fiction

Description:“Kristin Kula’s story about her aunt’s Cancer that has come back, and how she and her family are coping with the realization that she won’t be making it this time around.”

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About the Author


Kristin Kula was born on December 11th 1996. She spent her first few years of life growing up in Merrionette Park Illinois. But then after repeating first grade, her family moved to Bourbonnais Illinois. Where she currently lives. Kristin’s parents divorced a couple of years after the move, and now Kristin lives with her mom Lois Kula, and her older sister Katie Kula.

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