Adventure Time (A Review)

Welcome to Toonopolis, The Blog! Subscribe to email updates to make sure you don’t miss any reviews, giveaways, promotions, or updates about my work. Thanks for visiting! I really enjoyed doing the review last week of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated so I have decided that I will continue doing my Saturday Morning Reviews here on Toonopolis, …

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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (A Review)

I am not really a reviewer but considering I work within the medium of cartoons (in a literary application), I figured I may occasionally comment upon or review some cartoons.  So welcome to part one of a potentially continuing series of cartoon reviews.  Depending on the response, I may turn this into a regular thing.  …

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Good Writer or Good Storyteller?

My wife and I talk a lot about books.  While she is a much more voracious reader than I am at this stage in our lives, we often read the same books and discuss them afterwards.  One of the common conversations we have is whether or not the author was a good writer, a good …

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Bestseller For A Day – Dollars & Sense

When I talk to people about the modicum of success I have had as an indie published author, they often ask me about the hardest part of the process.  The writing?  Nah, I’m pretty good at that.  The publishing?   That took a lot of work and research but I was able to figure it …

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It’s Not Babysitting–It’s My Kids

It’s tough breaking expected gender roles.  In my house, I am the stay-at-home and my wife is a doctor.  My boys are growing up expecting Dad to be the one to dress them for school, feed them, get them ready for bed, and all of the other expected ‘mommy’ roles.  Often, I find myself in …

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Elementary School Kids Rock

About an hour ago, I finished my second of two speaking appearances at elementary schools.  Yesterday, I spoke to a group of fourth graders and today to a group of third graders.  First, I spoke to them about the writing process (Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Proofreading, and Publishing) and engaging them in an activity that I …

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Darkness Can’t Be Invisible, Wall Street Journal

A lot of the young adult community (authors, readers, publishers, even teachers and librarians) have been up in arms defending Young Adult literature after the Wall Street Journal posted a scathing article by critic Meghan Cox Gurdon (read it here).  She claimed that the content of Young Adult literature was too dark and that it …

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Content Ratings on Books? George Orwell’s Worst Nightmare.

While perusing the forums over on Amazon.com, I came across a discussion labeled: “Should there be content ratings on Amazon?” (here)  I immediately cringed before I even clicked on the link.  Visions of 1984 began running through my mind.  My first response to this was: who would be responsible for the ratings? If you read …

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Wow. What a Ride!

Having just finished up tallying the overwhelming responses from the Blog Tour de Troops this past weekend, I am so amazed and proud of the response that the 35 of us on the tour received.  Each of us received well over 100 unique respondents to our posts, meaning that approximately 4,000 books were earned for …

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Blog Tour de Troops – My Turn!

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour de Troops from the Indie Book Collective!  The stop before mine is Laurel Osterkamp‘s Blog.  The next stop (which will be live first thing tomorrow morning) is Carolyn McCray‘s.  Hang here and we’ll have some fun conversation!  If you forget how this works, my last blog post …

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