Daily Archives: May 15, 2014


Everyone go!

The King’s English.

7 pm.

Let’s make that place CRAWL with authors and readers and buyers of books!

As a writer, I know how hard it is to go to the release of something you have worked YEARS on and have people ask if they can borrow your pen, not buy your novel.

Let’s make this standing room only.

I am emailing everyone I know who loves to read and lives in UT and reminding about this event.

Will you, too?

Will you email just five people and say . . .



I love this book and can’t wait to get my hands on it.


Cheryl Van Eck

Now that I have a toddler, I have joined the world of  “The Never-Ending Story.” I don’t mean the totally awesome movie. I mean the board books that are her favorites and that she begs me to read over and over and over again.

Her current favorite is “Blue Hat Green Hat” by Sandra Boynton. The plot goes something like this: each page show different animals wearing different colored clothing, and the last animal is a turkey that wears socks on his head or a hat on his foot and says, “Oops!”

She loves it. More than she loves me, I daresay. As soon as I turn the last page, she screams for me to read it again. Is it the funny way I say “Oops?” Is it that she actually understands that the turkey is wearing clothes incorrectly? Is it the rhythm of the words? The illustrations?

I’ll be honest, I have no idea. All I know is that it can calm the worst temper tantrum, and we’re going to need a new copy soon. 

So, picture book writers: What is your magic formula? How do you grab and maintain a baby’s attention? Is there a form of sorcery involved?


Brenda Bensch

For more than 30 years, I taught full time in Utah’s secondary schools. Often, as both debate coach and drama director, plus teaching English or remedial classes, I was fully drained by the end of the school year. I would think I could not possibly go back to it in the fall: I had nothing left to give. Then I’d use summers to take classes, work in a summer camp, go to see live productions at the Shakespeare Festival and Logan Opera season, try to read a few books I hadn’t had time for.

As writers, we sometimes try so hard and for so long, we’ve given all we have and/or are to our writing. Writers need to “fill ‘er up” again too. Yes, reading is taking in, but it keeps us involved with “writing” and “words” too. How else can we “fill ‘er up”? What do you do to rejuvenate, so you have more to give? Your story deserves your best, doesn’t it?
An addition:
Fill ‘er up at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers.
We have a few spots open in some of the classes.
Go here for more information.


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