Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This blog is being retired as of today. I thank all of you who have taken an interest in viewing this blog, and I hope that you have enjoyed your visit here. I will now be writing on matters of health and safety. However, I will also continue to write children's literature, and will be writing motivating literature for adults as well. Please visit me at my new blog: carolyn-sands.blogspot.com Looking forward for your visit.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Prevention of Childhood obesity

Just wrote an article on hub pages.com on 'Preventing Childhood Obesity'. Childhood obesity is a very serious issue here in the USA and leads to significant health issues. Read the entire article at: http://.www.carol3san/hubpages.com Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Poetic Insanity

Poetic Insanity , a fitting name for the tone of these poems presented. In total, a collection of 18 poems mostly noted in Rhyme form. I do like the fact that the author gives a wonderful summary of her life as a young teenager while struggling with bipolar disease prior to the actual poetry presentation. There is no doubt that you can hear the author's confusion and anguish she experienced through her poems. The poems all have thought provocking names that are certain to grab your attention. The best example of this is found in the poem: 'Simplify or Pacify'. In this poem, the author rattled off comments on the subjects of manic, irritability, anger, anxiety, depression, and hatred, then asked the question weather or not to simplify or pacify.
I also like the fact that the poems are all written in very short sentences, and most of them with very short stanzas as well which leads to better reading. In the poem: 'Temporary Breakdown', the author writes: "It comes and goes so quickly, but stings me to the core. Try to tell myself it's nothing, but I always end up worse than before. To you, it's just a simple routine, an act in a play of insanity. But every time it's just as real to me."
Perhaps the use of the word it's in this passage, instead of using the word its (no apostophe), would have been a better choice of grammer. However, I'm impressed with the the overall collection and expect that the author will do well with her poems. I advise the poems in 'Poetic Insanity' to be read by everyone who loves poetry.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Book Review: "Go the F**k to Sleep"

Adam Mansbach’s new book: ”Go the F**K to Sleep”, is a nonconventional bed time story and is a huge hit among adults. A few verses of the book went viral on the internet before it was even published. It is so well received that it is number one on Amazon.com, and also number one on the New York Times best seller list. “Go the F**k to Sleep” was undoubtedly written to help the author cope with the tricky job of getting his young child to go to sleep at bedtime. But I warn you however, although the colorful illustrations are very nice and the rhythmic verses are funny, in no way is this new book meant to be read to children. This one is fun and is for adults only.
An excerpt from the book reads: “The windows are dark in the town child. The whales huddle down in the deep. I’ll read you one very last book if you swear you’ll go the f**k to sleep.” Profane words are scattered about on every page. “Go the F**k to Sleep” is funny and if you are a parent, it will bring to mind the many times you’ve tried to put an unwilling child to sleep when there are still things left to be done before you can finally get some rest for yourself. I believe that’s why this book throws a great punch. It hits the exact cord that gets you to laugh and reminisce on some of the aspects that goes with parenting. Just make sure you keep“Go to F**k to Sleep out the hands of your little ones.
I would have loved for this book to have been around during my years of stressing over getting my kids to sleep peacefully. It is humorous and will give a big boost in your mood.
You can learn more about the author, Adam Mansbach and some of his other works by visiting his face book fan page or following him on twitter.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hot Issues Cool Choices

'Hot Issues Cool choices’ is an award winning book written by author Sandra McLeod Humphrey. The book speaks on issues which negatively impacts school age children. In particular, it is a collection of short stories that speaks on bullying and other stressful situations which unfavorably affects the experiences of children throughout their school age years. I believe that children of all ages will find the contents of this book to enhance their daily lives. In addition, both parents and teachers will also benefit from the collection of short stories this book entails. It should encourage them to have frank conversations about the subjects that children perceive to be offensive to them.
‘Hot Issues Cool Choices’ has been selected for the Young Voices Foundation Award, Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence, and USA Book News, best book award winner. Sandra McLeod Humphrey is also the author of another wonderful book ‘If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do?’

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hub Article About Writer's Block

Just wrote an article on hub pages explaining a little more abour my love for writing and how to prevent writers block. Go take a look at:

Enjoy!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Free Download

I entered one of my short stories in a writing contest recently. The name of the story is called; "The Young Witnesses". I intend to include it in a collection of short stories that is scheduled for publishing later in the year. For a free download click on the link at the right hand top of this blog (authorstand.com) When you get to the website simply enter my name, carolyn sands, into its search browser in order to get my short story to pop up. Then you can have a free download of the story. It is a little bit of a thriller. Thanks and Enjoy!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

How to prevent a writer's block

Have you ever had a writer's block that may have lasted for a few painful weeks before you were finally able to work your way back into the swing of things? This type of situation happens all too often to many writers from time to time. A writer's block can be very stressful and may even last a few weeks or more. It can be very discouraging too, and can cause a writer's career to plummet into a long slump.

I have a plan to help prevent writer's block, or at least a plan to successfully fight against it. The next time any of you should get a writer's block, here are some good suggestions for you to do. Of course there is the obvious, as many have said before; exercise, and start in the middle of your work or work backwards. My suggestions are:
1- Make an outline of your writing project before you get started on it. I know that you've probably heard this before also, but I am convienced that the outline is essential. It will help you get from point a to point b. and should keep the flow of your work progressing nicely. You can always change the outline as it suits you.
2- Do a decent amount of research before you start your writing project. Make sure you have all the facts. A good writer will do this automatically. These days it is very easy to do via google...it will give you the answers to everything you want.
3-Are you passionate about what you are writing? Without the passion, sometimes your writing efforts will be fruitless. When you are passionate about what you are writing, your work will show it.
4-your writing time should be uninterrupted and should be without distractions. This will lead to less mistakes and a far better finished product.

I hope these few suggestions will help you the next time you are faced with a writer's block. Actually, being passionate about what you are writing about is the answer to preventing a writer's block from ever coming to the surface in the first place.
Enjoy.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Six Ways to Manage Time More Effectively

Are you sometimes so overwhelmed with things you need to do that you find yourself a little too stressed out sometimes? No matter what your situation is, getting too stressed out is never a good thing. What would happen to that wonderful project you have in your head when you get too stressed out? You may continue to work on it when you get the time, but with a mountain of things you need to do, you may find yourself putting your project on the back burner. Or even worse, the job you do on it will probably not reach your maximum potential. I've been there. Perhaps we've all been there at some point. A lot of you may still be struggeling with this. So I would like to share with you my 5 ways to manage time more effectively which should prevent a lot of stress from mounting.
1) Keep a daily log of your "to do list".
2) Make the most difficult task on the list your number one thing to do,the second most difficult thing, your number two, and preceed accordingly.
3) When you check your emails, highlight the ones you may want to take a closser look at, and delete the others. Don't spend too much time with the emails because it can get you sidetracked.
4)Answer the important emails right away in addition to answering all of your import phone calls.
5) Multitask when possible. For example, you may be able to make copies of somethings you need, and clear off your desk while the printer is making your copies.
6) Make the last thing you were working on at the end of the day, your first thing on your to do list for the next day unless something comes up more important.

Well those are the tactics I use to manage time effectively, and cut down on stress. I hope I've been of some help to you.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

End of National Poetry Month

Visit the Home of the Fightin’ Bookworms! Well the month is at an end today and unfortunately I was only able to read my poetry at 5 different locations around my home town area. I have to admit I had a lot of fun and am looking forward to my next reading.

Anyone else attended poetry readings this month?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Poetry Readings

Visit the Home of the Fightin’ Bookworms! I was happy to take part in several poetry readings lately. Of course I happen to love poetry, and would be happy to read my poems at any given time, but I've been having a lot of fun with my poetry reading this month especially, probably due to National Poetry Month. I hosted an event last Saturday, and another one yesterday that were both very gratifying. Thankfully there were several poetry lovers that showed up who all seemed to be appreciative of the motivating poems I selected to read.

I have other poetry readings scheduled this month and expect to have a lot of fun doing poetry readings before this month has ended.
You too can participate in National Poetry Month by reading your favorite poem at your neighborhood poetry reading club, the library, or anywhere else poetry lovers are gathered to exchange poetry.
And of course you can always visit my website and take a look at a couple of my poems from my book:Motivating Poems for Spiritual Growth, Weight Loss and Everyday Use Go to: www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com
Enjoy

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Poetry Readings

Visit the Home of the Fightin’ Bookworms! In celebration of National Poetry Month, Caroline Kennedy will be giving readings from her new book, She Walks In Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems. Readings will be held at selected Barnes and Noble book stores through out major cities.

I will be giving reading from my new book,Motivational Poetry for Weight Loss, Spiritual Growth and Everyday Use Readings will take place at several of the libraries around the South Florida area, in addition to a few colleges and universities.
If anyone would like to read a few poems that are in the book, you can do so by visiting my website: motivationalpoetry.webs.com
Enjoy>

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Richard Peck's Ten Rules of Writing

Visit the Home of the Fightin’ Bookworms! Just watched Richard Peck on youtube give his ten rules of writing while he appeared to be in an informal setting with other writers.

Let me explain to you who Richard Peck is just in case some of you may not know. Richard Peck is an award winning author who writes for middle school age children and young adult readers. He writes mostly mysteries and coming of age stories. He is very knowledgable with a vast of helpful information for inspiring authors. Here is the link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XREqT69hvDc&feature=related

You can see a sample of my writing if you visit my page on the author's den at: www.authorsden.com/carolysands
To read my motivational poetry please visit my website at:
www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com

Enjoy.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Non fiction writing

Visit the Home of the Fightin’ Bookworms! I am writing a non fiction book for 10 to 12 year olds. This is the first time I've undertaken such a project. Mostly I write cute short stories for 10 to 14 year olds. To my surprise, this non fiction project has given me much more material than what I realized. I am forced to take this project into a different direction. I will combine all of the information I've collected into several nice books, instead of trying to jam it all in one big book. From the one topic I am writing about, I have at least five different related subjects to explore. Hence, five new book posibilities which I will be following up on.

I happen to love the creative/fictional writing I do for my niche group but I feel just as good about the non fiction writing. The non fictional writing will make my work more diverse of course, and will give it a broader subject selection. I know I've blogged about non fiction writing in the past, as it was always an interest to me. But now I am finally officially doing the work needed to add a non fiction book to offer my niche group.

Monday, March 14, 2011

National Poetry Month

I am amazed at all of the different types of days, weeks, and months our government acknowledges every year. Last week, March 6-12th was read an e-book week, and National Read Day was on March 2nd. This month (has nothing to do with reading or writing) is National woman's month. All of us women should congratulate ourselves for the progress we've made in our society over the years, especially since we won the right to vote.

Now putting all of that aside, I want to talk a little about National Poetry Month, which is next month. I plan to give several readings from my new bookMotiovational Poems for Weight Loss, Spiritual Growth and Everyday Use. I have three readings scheduled so far...two at different libraries, and one at a college campous in my area. Since I live a large metropolitan area, there are several towns with libraries and colleges where I hope to be able to do poetry readings. Hopefully this will be another great opportunity for people to get to know me, in addition for me to get to sell a few more books.

Hope all of you poetry lovers out there also have plans to read your poetry to appreciative audiances. What better time to do this than National Poetry Month?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Help Stay on Task With A Writing challenge

Visit the Home of the Fightin’ Bookworms! So today is March 4th...almost a week is gone into this month already. Where does the time go? Since it goes by much faster than what we realize sometimes, I help myself to stay on track with my writing projects by using the old and faithful tool... goal setting.

To help me to keep my eyes on the prize and make even more progress with my projects, I am now giving myself writing challenges. Let's say my goal may be to complete a writing project this month. But the challenge itself is to commit to working on my writing project every day for a certain length of time. This will prevent me from getting side tracked, delaying my work, and falling behind.

Why don't you join me in my writing challenge? Simply commit to working on your writing project for a certain amount of time per day (In my case, it is for at least 3 hours) but blogging, time spent on face book, twitter, and etc obviously will not count.

I believe this challenge will truly help you to move further along with your writing aspirations and will help to keep you on top of your game plan.

Join me?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

How You Can Use National Read Day to Get More Publicity

Visit the Home of the Fightin’ Bookworms! Since yesterday was national read day, I spent a couple of hours at my local library reading to a small group of children that frequent the library after school. I admit it; I had a lot of fun doing so. The interaction I had with them after each reading was especially enjoyable. As I looked into the faces of the young children during the reading and the discussion afterwards, I could not have been happier. They were engaged in the stories I read them and responded appropriately.

I wish I could say that I've done this sort of thing many times in the past, but unfortunately no, I can't. However, I'm not going to cry over spilled milk. I've made a decision to visit the libraty at least once a month or so, and not wait until national read day before I take a young group of children under my wing (as long as I am given permission to do so of course) Doing this, I will be giving a service to my neighbood and will get better known in my community. Hopefully they (both children and pareents) will look forward to my new books when published.

In case some of you did not know it, March 2nd is National Read Day. It is a time to spotlite the impotance of reading to children all across the USA. March 2nd was chosen because it is the birthday of Dr. Suess, who is the author of such popular books as The Cat in the Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham.

This is also a time you can introduce yourself to your community as well. Go to your library and get permission to read to a group of children (I'm asuming that you are writing for children) I found it to be fun and rewarding. And for your information, the month of April, is National Poetry Month. I already have poetry readings scheduled at four different libraries in near by communities. Perhaps you can make time to read some poetry during National Poetry Month also.

If you are interested, you can visit my website at, www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com and read excerpts from my new book Motivational Poetry Just copy and past the web address in your browser. Also you can read my short story of Cindy the Story Teller on my page at the author's den at; www.authorsden.com/carolynsands

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How Do You FindYour Muse?

Visit the Home of the Fightin’ Bookworms! Are you pasionate about your writing career and the work you are doing? Having passion when developing your work means the difference in putting out mediorce work and excellent work. So obviously we will all work in matters that we care deeply about right? Or will we?

Al Yankovic. 'Weird Al' as he is fondly called, (I think because he is a master of parity) is most famous for doing a parity of Michael Jackson's Beat It along with other songs, tv shows, and movies. I heard his interview this past week end. Yankovic is very funny and is well respected in his field, and won serval Grammies for his work. However, he did a U turn in establishing his career.

While in college 'Weitd Al' started working on the college radio station and discoved he loved working for the radio station far better than his actual major. So he followed his passion and swiched his career. He said he took the advice of his father who who told him "The only true signs of success is being able to make a living at doing the things that make you truly happy" Hence, he followed his passion, AND is making a nice living for himself.

I loved hearing him talk about his new children's book called,When I Grow Up He wrote it in funny rhymes which worked out very well. The lesson he left me with, is one I want to convey to you. How do you find your muse? To do this, first we need to know what our passion is, and simply (or not) follow our passion. I believe if your passion is writing (which I strongly suspect it is) you will be very successful because your passion will lead you to learn and then act on the things necessary in order for you to make a living from it. As 'Weird Al' Yanckovic put it,"Follow your muse".

Please feel free to visit my website so you can read excepts from my new book Motivational Poems at www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com Also you may read my short story Cindy the Story Teller on my page at the author's den at www.authorsden.com/carolynsands

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Four Tips For Writing Children's Educational Stories

Visit the Home of the Fightin’ Bookworms! I am writing a book about a character I previously introduced in another of my short stories, Cindy the Story Teller I suppose I enjoyed the character so much I decided to use her again in another short story. It also helped that I received a lot of positive fed back about the character of Cindy. Hopefully if this works out, I will continue to use her character in a series of short stories. Instead of telling fairy tails however, this time I am giving her stories of educational value. Hopefully younger children will learn something from Cindy's stories.

Since today is Saturday, I did a lot of my research. I have this routine I do on the week ends and research is one of them. This is not the first day I've done research for this project, but today I spent a lot of time on it. I dare not get anything wrong in writing this story. I'm pretty sure I now have enough research completed on my topic to be well on my way.

Helpful tips for writing an educational story for children.
1) Know your niche. Make sure the story is approprote for the age group you plan to write for. The niche I write for are children between the ages of 10 to 14. Therefore I am constantly looking at subjects that are of interest to them. I am also a poet and I use the same principle when I am writing poetry.
2) KISS..... Keep the facts straight and simple. Don't give too much information about the subject because you wouldn't want to lose your audience. Just make sure to write about all the important things concerning it in a simple lighthearted, yet factual way.
3) Research, research, and research some more....that goes with keeping your facts simple and straight. Good research helps you to keep your credibility and respect as an author.
4) Use illustrations as necessary. When writing an educational story for children, the illustrations are what helps to tell the story (as in other types of stories as well) They are colorful and draws more attention to the subject. So it is important to have good illustrations to go along with your important book.

Those are the important tips for writing an educational story for children. I hope I've been of some assistance to you.

If anyone is interested in reading Cindy the Story Teller, please visit my page on the author's den at: www.authorsden.com/carolynsands Also if you like poetry, go take a look at some of my work at: www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com

Thanks for your interest.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Allison Pearson's NPR Interview

BlogWithIntegrity.com I happened to have been listening to Fresh Air, on the national public radio station this afternoon when I was pleasantly surprised to hear Allison Person being interviewed. Just in case some of you don't know who Allison Pearson is, allow me the opportunity to introduce her to you. Allison Pearson is a British journalist who has received multiple awards in her field. She is also noted for her best selling book, I Don't Know How She Does it. The book was written in 2002, became a best seller, and was later made into a movie staring Sarah Jessica Parker. The story is about the everyday concerns of a working mother who is doing a balancing act between her work and her home life with her family.

She has a second book, I think I love you, which was written in 2010 and has gotten rave reviews. It tells a heart warming story of a teenage girl who is in love with David Cassity in the 1970s. Twenty years later she meets the man who was responsible for answering the letters for David Cassity.

I am impressed with Allison Pearson's creativity and writing skills. She is funny and believable. I am especially impressed after learning in the interview that she herself is a mother of two and wrote a lot of her material at 4 am while her children were safely sleeping in their beds. That takes sheer determination and dedication.

I don't believe you can have that kind of dedication without passion. In this case Passion is the difference between putting out great work, and just doing ok work. The lesson here is to stay passionate about your work. Take the extra steps to do what's required to put out that next great book.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

How I Spend My Week Ends as an Aurthor

BlogWithIntegrity.com For me, the week ends are used for organizing and regrouping. This week end is no exception. I reorganized my writing projects to make them flow better. I took a look at what I felt was working and what wasn't. Then I made the appropriate changes. Since many authors are self employed, it is the author's responsibility to self critique. I do this by self editing and then passing my work on to someone else to do more editing. and to keep a breast of the latest news affecting my chosen genre.

This is how I spend my week ends in order to make my work week flow better.

1) Catch up on reading. Read emails and other authors blogs that were missed during the week. Catch up on reading the e-zines and news items from the New York Times, Huff post, The Sun, and etc. Also try to finish up with whatever book I happen to be reading.
2) Research my writing project if needed.
3) Write blogs for the upcoming week, or at least list subjects of interest, set aside and write on them later if time is an issue
4) Tweak website if needed.

I guess you can tell I'm not a social butterfly. And if I was one, a lot of my work would go undone. But since my writing is my passion, I am in sort of a heaven when I have the peace and quiet to do what I need to do in a field that I love.
What about you?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Research

BlogWithIntegrity.com Today I spent a lot of time doing research for one of the current projects I'm working on. I enjoyed the time I spent researching my subject, and realized quickly that even though I'm working on a book for children, I could never write the book I have in mind without first doing the research. I definitely feel better prepared and am eager to put my book together.

I really appreciate the research. First of all, it refreshes the mind and will prevent unnecessary errors in the contents of the book. If the facts are not correct, this will create problems later, as I'm sure you have already learned in journalism 101.

If you are anything like me (which I suspect you are) there is a feeling of jubilance once the research has been completed. The excitement you must feel is worth every ounce of energy it took. Once your research and thoughts are organized, I believe that excitement will lead to the publication of a good book. My juices are flowing now, and I'm inspired to write a book that I think the children will enjoy.

You may take a look at excerpts from my new book of poetry by visiting my website at www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com

Have fun with your research.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Great Book Reading by Sapphire

BlogWithIntegrity.com I went to a reading given by the author Sapphire this week end. In case any of you don't know who Sapphire is, allow me to fill you in. She is the author of the book "Push", which inspired the movie Precious. You may remember that Precious was an award winning movie back in 2009.

If you were one of the lucky ones who saw it, you will most likely have the same feelings I have towards the movie. It brings out my sensitivity toward young poor and disadvantaged children everywhere, especially girls. Who could ever forget Precious, or her mother's character in the movie played by Monique. Monique went on to win an academy award for her work.

Anyway, it was very exciting for me to meet the author that inspired the movie. I hadn't bought her book before her reading but after seeing her in person and listening to her dramatic reading, I could not leave the building without getting an autographed copy of her book.

I also learned a thing or two listening to her read from selected pages in the book.
Tone is everything. You must project the right tone in your voice, and in just the right pitch to get across to your audience what you want them to know, and even what you want them to feel. In a way, the author will need to be a bit of an actor during a good book reading. A good book reading will no doubt convert into a good book signing

I believe a good book reading is something all authors should aspire to do. Your presentation can tell a great story, making everyone present wanting the book. Book sales convert into cash in your hands.

My book of poetry won't be ready for another week or so, But please feel free to read a few selected poems I placed on the website I recently launched to advertise it. Go to: www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tweaking Completed

BlogWithIntegrity.comWell I am determined to get my website issues resolved. (which I did, for the most part)I've stated many times that I am excited and passionate about writing, but the website is a little bit of a challenge for me, but thankfully I am learning about this in more details.

I tweaked the website for my book of poems and I am much happier with it today. I owe thanks to my 14 year old granddaughter for pointing me in the right direction. I was completely clueless about how to set it up but thankfully I've got a granddaughter who is a bit of a computer nerd. YEAH!! You can visit my website at: www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com You will need to copy and past the website address in your browser if the link doesn't work.

Now that the tweaking is complete, I can resume to doing what I love to do best. And that is to write, of course. And the good thing is none of us are limited in what we write about, or who we write for. We all know something about a multitude of subjects. What subjects are you most passionate about? Do you like creative writing? Fiction, or non-fiction? What you don't know, research the mater properly like any great author would. I don't know about you, but my juices are flowing just thinking about all the many possibilities.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Poem Request From Oprah

Well I've finally got my poems off of my desk and mailed them to Oprah Wimfrey today via email. Oprah is requesting people to send her their favorite poem. She will make a selection from the thousands that will undoubtedly be sent to her, to be published in her upcoming April O magazine.

After reading and re-reading several of the poems I wrote, today I was finally able to make my selections. I sent her three. The rules are unclear to me as to how many poems a person can submit, but I hope I am safe in this case. I happen to love the poems I selected but the response to her request must be massive. So I won't hold my breath waiting for a response.

I would love for you to take a look at some of my poems for yourself and let me know what you think of them. You can visit my website by going to www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com

So all of you poetry lovers, there is still some time left for you to send Oprah your favorite poem. Go to oprah.com to see the full details.

Actually, I'm doing a juggling act by working on four different writing projects at the same time. One of them is for the poetry book, and another is for the short story series featuring Cindy the Storyteller. I have two other projects on hold for now because I need to organize my time in order for it to work out better for me. As you know of course, being organized means everything in this business.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Musical Words

I continue to be amazed at the music simple words could make. No big deal or much fuss either, but a lot of rhythm and piazzas is noted. I'm talking poetry that can make a beautiful musical understanding of practically anything. This is nothing new of course. Words have been making music practically from the beginning of time.

The rhythm of words are a great teaching tool for kids too.
Teaching children could be very challenging but of all the jobs there is to do, in my opinion educating a child probably ranks number one. Capturing the interest of children can be tricky sometimes, so their curiosity must be peeked.

First let me clarify that I am an author/poet who happens to love writing in the children's genre as well as for the adults. I believer in the need to make their learning process both interesting and fun. But obviously we can't do that without capturing their attention.

This is nothing new. Rhyming words with teaching has been used successfully for years by a lot of great authors and teachers. I consider this to be one example of the saying: "If it is not broke, don't fix it." So I am only continuing to go with what works.

I notice when I rhyme things with my grand kids they tend to remember it a lot better. For example, if I should say that Abraham Lincoln was one of our most important presidents, to help them remember better I can say:

Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president.
He fought to end slavery and out it went.
In 1863 the slaves were finally set free;
He won a victory for you and for me.

My 4 year old grandchild knows that verse very well. Look at what she can tell you from learning this simple verse in less than 5 minutes:
1) Abraham Lincoln was our 16 th president
2) He worked to free the slaves
3)The slaves were freed in 1863

Poetry is incorporate when teaching practically anything. Look at this:

The solar system is awesome and grand.
With amazing planets you should know and understand.
Their names are Mercury, Venus, earth, and mars.
And all should be studied with the highest regards.
Then there is Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune
Two of these planets are without moons.

These poems could be changed as you would like. They can give more information, or make a better rhyme. but the trick is to keep it simple with only a few short lines (the fewer the better) and for only one verse.

Children like the rhymes....the beat of the words. It is much like music, don't you think?

You can visit my website and read excerpts from my new book of motivational poetry at: www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My New Website

Well I've had a pretty busy week (thankfully) I like busy, but this time I am happy that there are only two days left in the work week. I have my web site up and running to advertise my new book: "Motivational Poems" YEAH!!! Please stop by and take a look when ever you get the chance. Go to www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com If the link does not work, you may need to copy and paste the address in your browser. I've placed excerpts from the poetry on the site, and hopefully you will be encouraged and inspired by them.

If you are a new author, this is something you may want to keep in mind. You will need a website or a blog to advertise your new book. Your website is like putting the icing on the cake. It is like showing off to the world what you have produced. How you present it is up to you.

I'm now concentrating my efforts on a series of children's stories. Since I'm basically writing about animals and insects, I spend a lot of time reading about..... animals and insects :) Actually, I'm learning more about these little critters than what I previously thought I knew.

You may read two of my short stories on my page at the author's den www.authorsden.com/carolynsands and if you like being motivated, visit my website at www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com

Thanks for your interest.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Technically Challenged?

Well I've had an interesting day. For a large part of my day I was working on setting up a website to use for advertising my book of poetry. Boy do I have a lot to learn. I am definitely technically challenged.

The company hosting the website offers a tutorial to teach how to set up the site yet, I am having trouble getting it up and running. Go figure. In a way, this reminds me of an open book test I sometimes took years ago when I was going to school. Wouldn't you know, they were always the hardest. Now the tutorial is giving me all the information I need to put my site together within 5 or 10 minutes (so it states) but here it is at the end of the day and I still don't have my site launched. Well I refuse to go through another day like this one, so therefore I have no other option but to call out the big guns.....my 14 year old granddaughter will be here promptly after Church tomorrow. I expect my site to be launched within 15 minutes after she arrives.

In the meantime, if anyone is interested in the book, here is a direct link to the publishing company. www.xlibris.com/motivationalpoems There will be excerpts from the book available so you can get a better feel for the flow of the poetry. Actually the book wont be ready for distribution for another couple of weeks but I am trying to get what business I need to do on my end in place.

All of you young authors must keep in mind the need for a website to advertise your new book. There is no reason for you to spend a lot of money in developing a website either. Companies now days have all of the tools for you to build your own website for a very small fee. The good thing is,if you are technically challenged like myself, hopefully you can grab a friend or a family member (like I did) to help launch your website.

I'm starting to spend more time on one of my projects for children's stories. I'm very excited about this one. I decided to turn my little Cindy the story teller into a series. This should be interesting.....it has my juices flowing. If anyone wants to read my first short story featuring Cindy the Storyteller, you can visit my page at www.authorsden.com/carolynsands

Friday, January 28, 2011

Five Tips for an Organized Writer

This is a great day and I'm very excited as I began this new blog because my book of motivating poetry is to be released from the publisher soon. I have been writing poetry and other works for some time now, and I am very pleased to report that my book of motivating poetry will be ready for purchase soon.

I've been asked more than once what motivates me to write a book of poetry. Well, I certainly have a great passion for writing. I know from talking to others that many people never follow up on doing what their passion calls them to do, even after they have officially retired from a life long career. Thankfully this is not the case for me.

My writing is actually a second career for me after I spent more than 30 years giving my best to another profession which I am happily retired from. If you are a new writer, I am including 5 tips here to help you keep organized.

1- Commit to a special time everyday to do your writing. If you don't commit, the day may get away from you and with all of your good intentions, nothing will get accomplished. My time is split. I allow myself a block of time most mornings, but 2days a week I give myself time in the evenings, due to other obligations.

2- Make an outline of your writing project. I find that when I make an outline, it helps me to keep my thoughts in tuned with what I am trying to produce. I know a couple of writers that do not make an outline and they are okay with that. But for me, I need the outline so I can see where I am going next.

3- Keep your focus on your project. Sometimes distractions are inevitable, but the fewer distractions the better. If you are working from home (the way most writers do) losing focus can be easy because you are so close to family and the goings on in the house. I have built a system where my family respects my "work time". Nor do I answer the phone during working hours.

4) Do your research first. If there is any research to be done, do it first. If you have to stop writing to do research, most likely it will slow down your project and even your train of thought in some cases. I believe it is a good policy anyway to have all the facts up front. For my poetry, I do not need to do research, but when I am writing for the children's book, I most certainly need to do this.

5) Keep your thesaurus and dictionary handy. You will need to have them close by at your fingertips. Of course these should be on your computer under favorites or bookmarks for easy access.

The poetry I write is intended to motivate and inspire. I basically like to write helpful words of encouragement to share with others while also encouraging myself. You are welcome to go to my website and read excepts of my poetry at http://www.motivationalpoetry.webs.com You may need to copy and past the address in your browser. Then there is the children's writing I do. I'm currently writing a series of short stories for children and one of them have received a lot of attention already at my page on the author's den. You can visit my page on the author's den and read that story for yourself if you care to by simply going to www.authorsden.com/carolynsands I am also writing about weight loss and the struggle it takes not just to lose the weight, but to keep it off as well. A lot of the motivating poems comes directly from my frame of mind as I struggle to lose weight myself. Believe me I know a lot about weight loss as you will hopefully find out as you get to know me better.

I'll be checking in again soon everybody and will give you an update on the book and website.