Monday, May 31, 2010
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- Alpacas come from South America.
- They live at altitudes between 3,500 to 5,000 feet.
- Alpacas are smaller than llamas.
- They were bread for their fiber, or hair.
- Unlike sheep, alpaca fiber has no lanolin.
- Alpaca fiber is naturally water-resistant.
- The fiber comes in more than 52 natural colors.
- Alpacas can be bred with llamas, offspring called huarizo.
- Not all alpacas spit, but they're capable of it.
- They don't like having their feet, legs, or belly touched.
- Alpacas use communal dung piles.
- Twin alpaca births are rare, only 1/1000.
- They eat hay, grass, and leaves.
- Alpacas chew their cud.
- The need their nails and teeth trimmed every year.
I guess it's time for that tooth trimming for this little guy or gal. I've seen a few alpacas on farms around here. Funny looking things, that's for sure!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
- "If I knew where it was going, it would be done. I wouldn't want to write it."
- "I write to figure out how it's gonna end."
Those two things really stood out for me. I used an outline with my first middle grade and it worked really well. Before I even wrote the story, I had an idea of what I wanted to happen from beginning to end. The outline guided me, but I later added to it. My second middle grade (the one I'm submitting now) I didn't write an outline. I started to, but when the writing actually began, it took off in its own direction. And because of that, the story completely changed from my original idea. That was fun. The one I'm working on now is totally different. I have an idea of what I want it to be about, but there's no way I can outline. It's just sort of -- happening.
Do you outline, or do you let your stories go their own way?
If you'd like to watch Sherrilyn's interview, click here. It's pretty interesting, even just to see her crazy eyeshadow. I'm not familiar with her, but she has like a gazillion books on the bestsellers list. I'm sure there's a story behind her green, sparkly eyeshadow too.
Friday, May 14, 2010
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Friday, May 7, 2010
- Sleeping Beauty
- The Three Little Pigs
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- Three Billy Goats Gruff
- Tom Thumb
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Hansel and Gretel
- The Gingerbread Man
Click here for a list of fairy tales. Fairy tales tend to be on the dark side, so I'm not sure why I've always been attracted to them. My next book, The Marshmallow Man, is actually a retelling of The Gingerbread Man, but with all new characters and a new ending. There's just something about these old stories I love. I've always made an effort to read these stories to my kids. Do you think most kids today are familiar with these stories much?
How about you -- what are some of your favorite fairy tales?
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
What comes to mind when you hear the name -- Death Valley?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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Sunday, May 2, 2010
I have all new crafts planned for the boys this week, so that will be fun. I just realized I don't have Dilly's Craft Page up on my new website though. Awhile back, I separated it from Dilly's Activity Pages, but now I'm thinking I will add them back into the same file. If you go to my website and click on A New Job for Dilly, there's a link to activities your child can do after reading the book. I will try to get the crafts back up there as soon as I can.