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.