Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Monthly Archives: October, 2015

Shhhh…. Can you hear it?

The plot bunnies are gathering… The dastardly villain is picking up his black cape from the dry cleaners. Witches, good and bad, are dusting off their books of shadows. And the unlikely hero is going about his daily life, blissfully unaware that his destiny is about to smack him upside the head. Ahhh, yes, NaNoWriMo …

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

In honor of Halloween, and in my Saturday tradition of talking about kids’ books, I thought I would recommend some great collections of scary stories for kids of all ages! The Complete Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1812-15)was always a favorite around the campfire as a kid. Those original tales are full of evil characters who …

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How NaNoWriMo Has Continued to Save My Life

The year I created this blog, I wrote the following post in October. And I feel it is fitting to bring it back this year in honor of NaNoWriMo. I won NaNo two more times since writing this, and I just published that first NaNo novel I talked about here. You can check out Far …

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Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Mondays are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I would like to share a little something that made me smile. In honor of Halloween this week… One of my favorite …

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Giving Me Goosebumps!

Back in the mid-90s, my nephew used to read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. I admit that I never picked one up back then and only recently read a few entries in the long list of books by this author. There are over 200 of them! R.L. Stine (1943-present) is a seriously prolific writer! Often called the …

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The NaNo Naysayers

It is the time of year when articles and forum threads across the internet start humming with the word NaNo. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, NaNo is short for NaNoWriMo which stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” It is a challenge that requires 50,000 new words of fiction in …

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Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Mondays are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I would like to share a little something that made me smile.

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Love to Discover NYS Authors!

I always love to research an author I enjoy and discover that they live within an easy morning drive of me. No, I do not stalk them! But it is nice to know that not all authors live in big cities like New York City or exotic locales. 🙂 Vivian Vande Velde was born in …

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