Here I am again, the lady that disappeared for a while. I did find out I couldn’t stay away from my writing even though I didn’t blog as I should have. I have been working on a new book that is for children above 10 and parents to learn about bullying. It’s called Thomas Gomel Learns About Bullying. What I’m doing is writing a fictional story using a 12-year-old boy and his family to teach children how to handle bullies as well as the parent dealing with a child that is being bullied. What do you think of my cover? Does it give a message to you when you see it?
Let”s talk about our bullying experiences if you had any. I have actually heard from some who did not have any problems. How wonderful for them. I wasn’t one of those people. I was a new kid in a small school that moved from California to Oklahoma. I didn’t look right, I didn’t talk right. I just wasn’t right for about six years. I had two very dear friends that helped me survive School. I am almost 70 now and that trauma is not forgotten. I forgave and made some friends of those school chums, but the trauma I went through really never left my mind.
Literacy used to look like a child sitting with a book in his or her hands. Recently, however, literacy has acquired a new look.
More young children are learning to read not from a printed book but rather on a table, electronic reader or even a smartphone. This phenomenon presents an opportunity for authors because these flourishing platforms have a growing need for children’s e-books.
These trends have been analyzed in the recent report “What a Difference a Year Makes: Kids and E-Reading Trends 2012-2013. The report focuses on parental attitudes regarding the benefits of e-books. The report was compiled by family centered consumer product company PlayScience (the research arm of Play-Collective) and Digital Book World, a consumer publish resource. An online survey was conducted in October, 2013, of 603 U.S. adults who have children ages 2-13 who read digital books in their households.
The most important finding: Children’s e-reading continues to grow sharply, with two-thirds of children 13 and under now reading digital books; 92 percent of those kids do so at least once a week. That translates into a potential consumer base of 36 million U.S. children. In addition, nearly half of those children read digitally every day. Does this mean children are reading more because of e-books, or are they simply switching from print to electronic forms?
J. Alison Bryant, president and founder of PlayCollective, thinks the answer is the former. ” There is certainly some move to electronic forms, but overall it seems to be addictive,” she says. Cindy Loh, publishing director for Bloomsbury Children’s USA, explains the versatility of ebooks: “There are more of them available since the rise of e-books. In digital, books can really be tailored to the readership without print production and inventory costs, so the reader who loves dystopian can keep reading dystopian stories long after the bulk of the print industry has moved on to another genre. Publications schedules are much more flexible for digital, too. Production timelines for digital are shorter, and publishers now have the possibility to release all books in a series within a year. E-books have also opened up the market for novellas and prequel stories that would have been more challenging to publish in print.”
The report also reveals that children want both print and e-book versions of the same title. The study offers two reasons for this: It could be that children view each as separate and unique reading experiences, or it may be that they enjoy a book so much that they want to be able to access it at all times and in multiple formats.
The other major finding of the report is that parents who grew up with print books are learning to embrace digital books for their children. The study shows that a majority of parents surveyed feel that e-books can motivate their children to read more or to become better readers, improve their children’s reading abilities and reduce the amount of time their children spend with other media.
Digital children’s books, now in increasing demand, provide a new pathway to publication for aspiring writers. But any enhancements must be constructed upon the never-antiquated foundation of a strong narrative.
When I watched this video I knew I had to share it. It is so full of memories for those of us raised in the 50’s and 60’s and will show the younger folks some of what they missed. Whoever put this video together did a great job. The music is great and it reminds me of how much I miss that time. It also reminds me that what goes around comes around. Parents didn’t like the music then and I sure more than a few don’t like today’s music. Isn’t it wonderful to know that Rock N Roll didn’t pull us all down to the pits of hell as everyone thought.
My life with my Dad is/was complicated. I love him, and I now know he loves me. It’s not always been so. I was fifty years old the first time I heard daddy tell me he loved me. It was if he had gone through his life not being able to get the words to come out of his mouth. I think it is amazing how important those words are to a daughter. I went through half of my life not knowing if daddy loved me or not. Now, he is never the first to say it, but I always hear it, “love you too.”
My dad fought his demons. The alcohol ruled his life from the time I was a child until I was almost fifty years old. There were casualties from the fight. For many years I was one of them. As a small child my memories of my dad was his drinking, going fishing and watching the Friday night fights. When I reached my teen years, I hated my father. I couldn’t bring friends home with me, because I didn’t know if he would kiss them or cuss them.
He taught me how to manipulate him, so I could get what I wanted. I learned just the right time to ask for something. He went through all the known stages of
drinking alcohol, from quiet to downright mean. By the time he reached the mean stage I would try to disappear. It didn’t always work because he would set me
up for a fight. It was strange, but that is how I learned to love books. I could
disappear into one of them.
There was so much verbal and physical abuse, around me. He and mom would get into an augment which intensified into a physical fight all too often. I am surprised they let each other live to make it to sixty years of living together.
Through Gods grace I was able to forgive my dad. I now see him as a kind loving father who now appreciates his family, and what he has. I still remember the pain, but it doesn’t affect me like it did.
Daddy doesn’t remember the life we had or the pain he caused. He remembers the good things about his life and not the bad. At his age it is alright, he doesn’t need to remember. He enjoys his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His world revolves around his family now, not the bottle.
The video I have posted below is called : Alcohol: Poison for body and mind. It is very interesting to listen to. Please take the time to listen. We can’t have enough education concerning alcoholism.