At 6:30 AM Saturday morning, I was at my laptop to write my two pages. My husband was working most of the weekend and the kids were slowly waking up, so this was my chance, my only chance this weekend, for a block of writing time.

For three hours I wrote a bunch of garbage, then deleted it, then wrote again. I just couldn’t figure out how to continue the story. I sipped tea in between tapping the keys with my fingertips and berating myself for losing out on the chance to at least stay in bed a little longer to read. I have a list of notes about how everything in the novel ties together at the end. It’s just that I don’t know how I should go about getting to those revelations. I’m only at 51,000 words, so I’m kind of at this weird place, 2/3 of the way in, where I really want to rush to the very exciting end, but I need to slow down, and take some time to build the tension. I’m wondering if now is the best time for me to start drafting the short story that I’m going to need to insert near the end of the novel.

The good news? Almost by accident, Adi has become a more interesting character. I was writing a scene where another character, Jackson, asks her a question. Her answer reveals a whole new side of her. Adi and I kind of discovered this simultaneously about her. It was kind of cool. And it ties in really well with the plot of the novel.

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My 6-year old, soon to be 7-year old has been very much into comic books and graphic novels over the past year. (She spends a lot of time writing her own comic books, too.) She’s read most of the Warrior and Seekers graphic novels series (based on those novels), she loves the Boxcar Children comic books, and of course, the Geronimo Stilton books. But I’m finding that the themes of many other comic books are either incredibly violent or sexual. Or even just really tacky. (I don’t care for graphic novels that are all about toilet humor or kids who behave badly). Anyone have any recommendations for age-appropriate manga/graphic novels/comic books for a child turning 7?

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It’s in the 90s here this week. This does not bode well for the summer…


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  1. Also, if she’ll deign to look at picture books, Chester, by Melanie Watt, is a huge hit in our house (though it has led the old preschooler of age 5.5 to do some Chester-like addenda to his work, so reader beware).

  2. It shouldn’t be this hot now, Lilian. Usually it’s not in the 90s until July. But last year the 90s hit us in June, and sheesh now it’s only May!

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