Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Guest Post by Kandi J. Wyatt

 Kandi J. Wyatt has long been one of my favorite authors. Her fantasy dragon series has kept my students reading book after book.  Yesterday we revealed the cover to her newest addition to the series.  Today she has written a special post that is really geared toward my number one reader, my students. As a teacher she knows what students like.  This post is perfect because our next unit my students will be writing a story. Of course, in November there is always NaNoWriMo.  Please help me welcome Kandi J. Wyatt.

Your teacher gave you an assignment to write a story, or maybe you have a really cool idea for a story, but what now? Well, it’s really not as difficult as you’d think. In essence there are only five things you need for a story.

First, you need a genre. Genre is your category that you write in. If you’re writing a story, you’re most likely using fiction. There are many genres in fiction to choose from—Western, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Historical Fiction, and Romance to name a few. Each of the genres have different aspects to them, but as long as you understand the main ideas, you’re good to go.

After a genre, you need a setting. Setting is where and when your story takes place. Is your mystery taking place in a haunted house in the 2000’s, or is your science fiction happening on a new planet in the year 3500? Either way, you need a place and a time. Place can be as big as a country, a world, or a planet. It can be as defined as a woods, castle, space ship, or haunted house. When will decide what can happen. If your story takes place in the medieval times with knights and kings, you’re not going to have someone show up with a machine gun—unless you have a time traveler who comes from the future.

Your next two important pieces are your characters. Wait? You said two pieces and only listed one thing. Yep. You need at least two characters—an antagonist and a protagonist. It’s easy to remember these names. If you’re pro-something, you’re for it. Your protagonist is the good guy in your story. If you’re anti-something, you’re against it, so your antagonist is the bad guy.

To build a character you need to know their physical traits but also their personality. What are they like? How do they react to things? Are they easy-going or do they fly off the handle at the slightest provocation? You’ll also need to know what their goals are, why they do what they do. This will help with the final thing you need in order to write a story—plot.

Your plot is what happens. In the Western it’s telling how the good guy helps the town and defeats the bad guy. It’s how the boy gets the girl in a romance, the journey in a fantasy. Remember for a good story, bad things need to happen. Your protagonist can’t get what he wants right off the bat. He needs to work for it.

Now you know the elements that make up story. What I’ve done with my middle school students is Roll-a-Story. It’s something that a college professor created and shared at a writer’s conference. I then created my own versions. These worksheets will walk you through finding your genre, your setting, your character, and your plot. Try it out. I’d love to read what you come up with. You can share your stories with me via my email address.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Cover Reveal : Dragon's Winter by Kandi J. Wyatt

Dragon’s Winter (Dragon Courage Series, #7)


Scout the area.
Plan the escape.
Rescue the slave.
What could possibly go wrong?

Mere's continuing her apprenticeship in San Valencia, but when a strange illness affects everyone in the dragon colony including dragons, she's forced to help a pregnant girl find safety. 

Rescuing slaves is all in a day's work for Jareem, until a new slaver in town takes exception to Jareem's interference. Now, sick and with a wounded dragon, Jareem must free the slave and find Mere and the pregnant girl before the slaver.

 The clock is ticking. The baby's due any day, and the slaver's persistent. Mere and Jareem must reach beyond who they believe themselves to be in order to bring the former slaves home in one piece.    



Cover Designer:  Savannah Jezowski of Dragonpen Designs

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Dragon Courage series

Dragon's Future:
Dragon's Heir:
Dragon's Revenge:
Dragon’s Cure:
Dragon’s Posterity:
Dragon’s Heritage:

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Books By Sigal Adler and Max Ring

The Mean Green Tiny King 

The timing on this book was great. This is the story of a virus who wants to be king. He sets out to make everyone sick. Soon people start doing things like washing their hands, and keeping things clean, staying inside, wearing masks. They do this until a cure is found for the virus and they can send him on his way. In the meantime they find other ways to have fun.

You’re Not My Monster!
When Dan grew older he had his own bed and room. His parents gave him a stuffed monster to sleep with. The second night in his room he wakes up thirsty and goes to get a drink. When he returns to his room his small monster is gone and there is a very large monster in his room. Where did his monster go? This is a cute story about being brave when you go to sleep by yourself for the first time.

I’ve Only got Three Hands 

I loved this story. A three handed monster mother keeps cleaning up her found handed monster son’s room. Yet he demands she read him a story. She finally tells him she can’t there is so much to do to clean his room there is time for only one story. The monster child knows if he doesn’t clean up his room before bedtime there will be no more stories. A great way to show kids the importance of cleaning up their rooms.

Crickets for Kiwann

Kiwann was a chameleon that lived in a terrarium. His owner Ron fed him bugs once a week. Once after feeding her she heard music. She found a cricket she had not eaten because he played music. She promised not to eat them because she loved music. Cricket told her all bugs make music and she had never heard it before because she ate the bugs. The next time she is fed she hides and sure enough the bugs are playing music. There is just one thing though. They have made an instrument for her. This is a story about inclusion. Very cute.

Cricket and Kiwann go to the Fair
Cricket Kiwann and several other bugs live in a terrarium. Cricket wanted to go to the fair. He convinces Kiwann to go with him. They have fun on the rides, eating a corndog, cotton candy and drinking soda. Kiwann is homesick. As they get ready to leave a bird attacks them. They are inside a bottle the bird can’t get into. Once the bird goes to sleep they realize that home is where they are the happiest.

Cricket and Kiwann Go to School
Cricket has all kinds of questions for Kiwann but Kiwann can’t answer them. Cricket gets the idea that they should all go to school. Kiwann is not real excited but goes