The Adverb is the Devil

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” ~ Stephen King “Adverbs are the tool of the lazy writer.” ~ Mark Twain About a month ago, I wrote about the demise of the apostrophe and the abuse of the semicolon. Now I find myself defending the adverb. The adverb is a legitimate part of speech.… Continue reading The Adverb is the Devil

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What size should a children’s book be?

Here's a great article I'm reblogging. FAQS | What size should I illustrate for children’s books? By heather at 9:34 pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 Question : Is there a preferred size to illustrate children’s books? Answer : I’ve found is that size varies from publisher to publisher. Happily, if your manuscript is picked… Continue reading What size should a children’s book be?

During the Christmas season, why sing the same old songs?

During the Christmas season, why sing the same  old songs? Sing along to Turtle Monkey’s own unique version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Hold your breath. Bet you can’t do it without gasping for air! The Turtle Monkey series is the highly imaginative product of Jo Fontana, a quirky writer with a quirky sense… Continue reading During the Christmas season, why sing the same old songs?

40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb

Jeff HadenInfluencer Ghostwriter, Speaker, Inc. Magazine Contributing Editor Follow 40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb Dec 3, 2014 While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I still fall into a few word traps. (Not to mention a few cliché traps.) Take the words "who" and "whom."… Continue reading 40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb

The Twelve Days of Turtle Monkey Christmas

Turtle Monkey has an opportunity to decorate her own tree for the holidays, of course her list of ornaments is a bit off beat. Try to sing along to her new version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."  Oh course, Turtle Monkey can't sing the REAL words.  So sing along to hers  --  bet you… Continue reading The Twelve Days of Turtle Monkey Christmas

Meet Turtle Monkey

Turtle Monkey and her mom are the only green monkeys in the village. They used to be brown, but they don’t remember how they became green. Turtle Monkey and Mama Monkey like being green because it is easier to blend into the forest. Turtle Monkey also has a lot of gas. Turtle Monkey is mischievous,… Continue reading Meet Turtle Monkey