Things You Never Knew about The Little House on the Prairie Books

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I read “The Little House on the Prairie” books voraciously when I was a young girl. Camped out on my red patchwork bedspread in leg warmers under my Michael Jackson’s Thriller poster, I poured through the series, my eyes starved for the next fascinating anecdote about roughing it in the untamed midwest. This series of books is as much a part of my childhood as the Muppets or the Atari 2600.

So when I read this article on latimes.com, I was surprised to learn some of the interesting backstory about this important series. First of all, I was surprised to learn her daughter edited the series (or maybe wrote it, although Rose Wilder Lane said she just “edited” her mother’s work). Then I was surprised to learn the Ingalls had been in Iowa for a time. Even more surprised to hear half-pint stood up to a drunk uncle and fended off lecherous and criminal advances…I am a little thankful that part was left out of the books!

For more fascinating and eye-opening facts about The Little House series, read the article for yourself.

“The Reality Behind Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House’ Books.

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According to Angela Booth, You Need to Think in Scenes!

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Source: Angela Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing Blog

I love this. I found it on Pinterest, along with a fantastic board about Freelance Writing.  I followed it immediately.

Sadly, my fiction isn’t getting anywhere these days. I am happy to report it’s because I am writing a lot of non fiction (which I also enjoy!).

If you are working on your novel/screenplay/YouTube series however, I thought this might help!

5 Days: An Interesting Fact about Novels from Real Simple Magazine

5 Days: An Interesting Fact about Novels from Real Simple Magazine

Reading my favorite magazine, contemplating whether I am going to enter the Life Lessons Essay Contest (again), when I found this interesting fact on The Simple List, page 6 of the July issue:

5 Days

[is] How long the effects of reading a novel linger in the average person’s mind, according to a December 2013 study from Emory University in Atlanta. For 19 days, researchers took MRIs of undergraduates before, during and after reading Robert Harris’ 2003 thriller, Pompeii. Interestingly, the area of the brain linked to movement and physical sensation, which showed persistent changes throughout the reading, continued to do so almost a week after the students had finished. After that, the experience may have faded. Ciao, Pompeii. Hello, library.

Of course, we all know that there are some books that change your life. But it’s good to know that at the very least, you can change a reader for almost a week!

Why Stan Lee’s …

Why Stan Lee’s Superheroes continue to enthrall audiences 50 years after they were created:

“I would guess it’s because we tried to make our characters as human and empathetic as possible. Instead of merely emphasizing their super feats, we attempted to make their personal life and personal problems as realistic and as interesting as possible. We wanted to make them seem like real people whom the reader would like to spend time with and want to know better.” –Stan Lee

Great advice from one of the best Graphic Novelists pretty much ever. Of course, he’s talking about humans that can create a flying iron suit or whose DNA has been fused with that of a radioactive spider. But the reason they keep making these movies and your kid’s shoes and pillowcases have their likeness on them is because these fantasy-based characters have their human flaws. 

Whether you respect the medium or not, you must respect the philosophy. Bear in mind these qualities when you create your characters and your stories will be the better for it. To hear more of Lee’s wit and wisdom, read the full huffingtonpost.com article.

Why You Need to Hire a Writer

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Everyone thinks they can write. Chances are if you went to school or read a book every couple of weeks you probably can.

But the time it takes you to write is another story. That time you spend trying to remember the rules of grammar that are as dusty as the AP Style Guide you bought in college that’s still lurking on your shelf is time you could be using running your business or doing what it is the that you do best.

I am a writer. That’s what I do best. Whether it’s fiction, a blog post about something technical or a marketing piece about how great a widget you have when compared to the competition, telling stories is an area where I excel. Yeah, I know, bragging is tacky…but modesty isn’t really what gets you noticed when you freelance.

For the past four years, I have written about everything from infertility treatment to marketing for funeral homes to how to organize a garage. I’ve written brochures about Pilates, Printing Services, and Online Banking services, to name a few. One thing that all of these projects have in common is that my clients, who were perfectly capable and qualified to write these things themselves hired me to do it for them so they could go on about their business.

Your time is valuable. Each day that you spend doing activities for your business or your employer’s business earns you an hourly wage, whether you are paid by the hour or not. When you spend 2 hours writing a web page or a blog post, you spend that money whether you bill yourself or not. That’s two whole hours that you could have been calling that lead, researching that new supplier, or developing the next latest and greatest widget that the world has ever known.

So the reason you need a writer is simple: Your time is too valuable to spend writing your marketing, fiction or blog post. Outsource it.

There are a number of ways to outsource. You can contact me, of course (and I hope you do). But there is also Elance.com, where you have your pick of writers all over the world who are just waiting by their keyboards, ready to go. Also, you can just Type in Google, “Hire a Freelance Writer” and you will get pages and pages of writers available to free up your time so you can get back to work on your business.

Chances are that you can write your own project. Chances are it will probably be pretty good. But at what cost? Don’t waste your valuable time when there are a number of professional and affordable outsourcing options that are just a call or click away.

What will you do with the time you free up by outsourcing?

 

cropped-2013_0109_006-1.jpgTerri Lively is a career marketing professional that has unique experience in the areas of messaging and client relations. She helps professionals that want to grow their influence and enhance their content for publication. For the past 15 years, she has been helping her clients create marketing materials that effectively communicate their message and get results, across all types of media. More about Terri can be discovered at http://www.terrilively.com.

 

 

What’s Your Best Story?

What's Your Best Story?

I saw this quote today and couldn’t agree more. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love a good vs bad story. But who doesn’t agree that the secret to a great story is to have a fabulous villain?