Word-count Wednesday #5

Hello fellow writers!

This is it! The final Word-count Wednesday! Can you believe that Nanowrimo is almost over? If you reach 50,000 words by midnight be sure to validate your word count. The validator might become a little slow in the last hour so try not to wait until last minute.

I crossed the finish line, the official final word count was 50,518 words! This is slightly more words than Microsoft Word said I had, so be sure to keep in mind that the validator might not match whatever program you are writing in.

Grant Falkner, in his nanowrimo pep talk this year had a wonderful description of what we’ve accomplished:

You’ll know that you can keep going by simply putting one word in front of another, and you’ll sense this great gift waiting for you. The gift of your novel. The gift of your journey. The gift of your accomplishment. Plus, you’ll know how to deal with quicksand the next time you step into it—in writing and in life.

Thanks for another great November and congratulations no matter how much you wrote!
~aw

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If You Liked Wonder by R.J. Palacio…

If You Liked Wonder by R.J. Palacio… you might also like:

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff: (J GRAFF) Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos: (J GANTOS) To the constant disappointment of his mother and teacher, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his perscription medicine wears off and he starts acting wired.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper: (J DRAPER and YA DRAPER) Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks: (J WEEKS) Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.

~aw

Throwback Thursday: Watership Down

watership downIt’s Throwback Thursday again! Today Librarian Sandra recommends: Watership Down by Richard Adams.

In a constant struggle against oppression, a group of rabbits search for peaceful co-existence. Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.

A winner of the Carnegie Medal and published in 1972, this tale centered around rabbits is not as lighthearted as it might seem from the cover. This book is recommended for those in grades 6 and above. This book is another classic that was adapted into a movie (in 1978)!

Pablo & Birdy

Today we’d like to recommend Pablo & Birdy by Alison McGheeImage result for pablo and birdy

In this new fiction book featuring magical realism, we read about Pablo, a boy with a mysterious early start in life – floating to shore on the tropical island of Isla as a baby tied inside an inflatable swimming pool with a colorful bird, later named Birdy, by his side. Where did Pablo and Birdy come from and does Birdy know about Pablo’s origin? Throughout the story, Pablo wonders who were his mother and father and what happened to them. He questions Emmanuel, his supportive adoptive father, his closest friends and even Birdy who doesn’t speak like the other birds roaming the island. Now approaching is 10th birthday, Pablo must make a difficult decision when he discovers that the legend of the Seafaring Parrot might be true.

You can find this in our Juvenile Fiction collection under the call number J MCGHEE.

Word-count Wednesday #4

Hello fellow writers!

The target word count for today, November 22th is 36,674 words. No longer ahead, I am instead just on track due to holiday preparation at 36,700 words. I will probably fall behind on Thanksgiving but will do my best to catch up before next Wednesday.

If you’re already at 50,000 words or you get there this weekend then don’t forget to validate your word-count! You just paste the text of your novel into the validator on the website, and if you have 50,000 words you’ll win! You get access to some snazzy offers by companies that promote Nanowrimo and a nice winner’s certificate. Be aware that the word-count validator on the website will not quite match whatever your writing program is (Word, Pages, etc.), sometimes you will have more words than you thought and sometimes less so be prepared.

This week let’s get some advice from James Patterson to help get us through to the end:

Get into a writing routine. Think it’s hard to write every day during NaNo? Most professional writers keep this kind of pace all year round. Holidays, birthdays, vacations—you name it, we’re writing. The trick is making writing into a daily habit. Same time. Same place. Same hot beverage of choice. Every. Single. Day. Again. And. Again.

Don’t stress. I don’t mean to undermine the above, but remember this is one month, not your entire writing career. Try hard, learn from it, and if you don’t get to 50,000 words, figure out what you did wrong so you can get there next time.” (James Patterson 2013 Pep Talk)

There’s just one more week to go! We can do it!

~aw

The Man Who Invented Christmas

With the holiday season around the corner, you’re probably looking to add a new movie to your holiday lineup.  It brings to mind the popular holiday book, A Christmas Carol.  This spooky classic is so popular, there are at least NINETEEN different movies that have been made :

   

Well now you can see The Man Who Invented Christmas, which is about the author, Charles Dickens, and how he came to write the story.  Charles Dickens is played by Dan Stevens (whom you may recognize from The Beast in Beauty and the Beast).  Check it out this weekend!

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Winnie the Pooh

winnie the pooh.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne.

The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday.

There have been countless movies, and pictures books but did you know that these are all based on the stories told by A. A. Milne to his son? Winnie the Pooh was the first book that introduced the world to that cuddly bear. It was published in 1926! You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J MILNE.

~ra

Word-count Wednesday #3

Hello fellow writers!

We’ve reached that middle stretch of Nanowrimo, and November. Today’s word count goal is 25,00 words, and for once I am still ahead of schedule at 29,584 words. But regardless of whether you have reached the halfway point in your novel and written around 25,000 words or if you just have a couple thousand written you should be proud of yourself.

But beware, we’ve also reached the point where sometimes the magic fades from your story, where you start to wonder why you are trying to finish this story and whether you should give up and write something else… Guess what? You’re not alone, and even authors like John Green face these sorts of doubts:

At this point, you’ve probably realized that it’s nearly impossible to write a good book in a month. I’ve been at this a while and have yet to write a book in less than three years. All of us harbor secret hopes that a magnificent novel will tumble out of the sky and appear on our screens, but almost universally, writing is hard, slow, and totally unglamorous. So why finish what you’ve started? Because in two weeks, when you are done, you will be grateful for the experience. (John Green 2010 Pep Talk)

Keep your chins up everyone and let’s keep at it!

~aw