Tuesday, 30 October 2012

How I Started the Jeddon Series


It's all very well to say how you started writing as a career, but how you started each book you wrote is different again. So how did you start your last book? Did a name jump into your brain and demand attention? Or did you start with a plot, an idea or even just some kind of emotion that needed to be expressed?

When I started ESCAPE it was emotion - maybe I wanted subconsciously to escape from that isolation I mentioned in my last post. RETURN just begged to be written to resolve a few of Jed's problems, and in fact started off as part two of Jed's Escape, but certain editors thought it would be better as a separate story.

But I started writing QUEST, the third in the Jeddon Series, because suddenly there was a boy running from danger - and it was not Jed! So who was it? The scene was viewed through Jed's mind and thoughts, so it was someone he knew without knowing that he knew them, if that makes sense.

 In fact, I discovered once I started writing that the boy was actually Jed's identical twin brother. So why didn't Jed know who it was? You can find out by reading the first few pages of QUEST on Amazon.

Till later Dudes

                                           Zack

Sunday, 28 October 2012

My Writing Journey

Hi Dudes,

How did your writing journey start? My writing journey started because I was alone and broke, living on a farm with no car, no public transport and no phone - so no interruptions. Hey, that is soo good for thinking - and those thoughts just took off and created another world where Prince Jed - and many others - had lots of adventures.

When I say I was broke, I did have enough money to buy a thick writing pad and some pens. Later on I bought a non-electric typewriter. Computers were way out of my budget for many years. But finally some clever person made me one out of his bits and pieces, left over from various upgrades to his own. Wow! I was in heaven.

Being able to move whole blocks of text around the screen instead of having tiny handwriting going up the edges of the page with arrows to show where they were meant to go was something else.

Finally I got hooked up to the Internet and found out ways and means to make money with my writing. So even when stories were rejected I still had some kind of income.  I had started on the rocky road to becoming a freelance writer. Writing articles is not nearly as much fun as writing fiction, but it meant the added satisfaction of money in my bank account.

Why not share your writing journey in the comments box?

Till later, dudes

Zack

Monday, 22 October 2012

Will Girls Rule the World?

Most people embrace the digital revolution for all the wonderful opportunities it presents. It is certainly true that it has changed the way we do things and mostly for the better – but is it ruining your child’s future?

With the upsurge in computer games, most kids are spending the biggest percentage of their free time playing games where the only mental effort they need to make is to tell their thumb to press a button. Okay, that might not be quite true, but this world still requires human beings to be able to read and write well, if they are to do well enough at school to get those high paying jobs.

And I’m sorry folks if you disagree, but developing those skills takes time and effort. When kids do not make this time and effort they will fall through the cracks of education and end up out on the streets – or with some low-paid job they hate. Few children will turn to books and writing unless they are encouraged to do so by their parents. Boys especially would much rather play sport or computer games.

This poses the question: will the world soon be run by women as the only ones who can read and write sufficiently to do the necessary things? What do you think?

Till later dudes,

Zack

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

How Your Child Can Ace Those Exams

School exams are often dreaded by both children and parents alike. They seem to cause a great deal of stress and strain in the average household. But guess what? You as the parent can work towards eliminating that stress or preventing it altogether. How? One way is to ensure that your child becomes a good reader. Too simple? Not really and here is why.
  • When children are fluent readers and writers they will find their schoolwork much easier to handle. When something is relatively easy you do not hate or fear it.
  • When you know you are good at something you enjoy doing it.
  • You can then enjoy the challenge of exams, rather than looking forward with dread to that time of year.
Parents can ensure that their children become good readers simply by encouraging them to read. If this means buying books so be it. Books are a good investment in your child's future. However, you can always join the local library and borrow books or get used books from garage sales if you are on a budget.

Its not just the reading that must be encouraged, but writing too. Give your child pencils, pens and markers at an early age. Provide lots of paper and other media such as a blackboard or whiteboard to write on. Encourage them to write by any means possible. You can even have writing competitions at home for which children get prizes. Show your children that their schoolwork is important by displaying it on the refrigerator; don't screw it up and throw it in the bin.

To ensure your child reads and writes well, you may have to limit access to those popular computer games. Don't ban them altogether, but certainly do not allow your children to spend all their time clicking buttons. Get them enjoying other more creative forms of expressing themselves.

Till next time dudes,

Zack

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Get the Girls Reading Too

I might have seemed to be pushing the fact that boys need to learn to be fluent readers because in my experience it is the boys that lag behind in this field. However, it is certainly still important to get your daughters reading.
No matter what gender your child is, it cannot be stressed enough that being a good reader is the way to a well-paid career when they grow up. To that end, I thought I would bring to your attention a shorter e-book for younger girls on the hot topic of sport.

Stinky Green wants to play soccer and is good at it, but her parents would rather she played tennis like they did when young. She has to get them to sign her permission note somehow, but most of her plans fail dismally. Will Stinky ever get her note signed in time for the match?







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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Will Your Child be a Good Scholar?

Once a upon a time there was no need to worry about your kids having a good education because there were plenty of jobs around for which minimal training was needed. That was a long time ago. These days the only way to break the poverty cycle is to ensure your child becomes a good scholar so that they can get training for a highly paid job.

But when you hold your new-born in your arms, you don't usually think this far ahead. Often it is not until the child becomes a teen that you suddenly realise that their grades are not good enough to train for that dream job. What can be done?

It is important for parents of younger children to instil into them a love of reading. When a child loves reading they will do it a lot and so become very fluent readers - and writers. This will quickly trainslate into being a good scholar because the child who can read quickly will grasp the meaning of the written word quickly. They will then easily keep up with their studies as they get older.

So how do you instil that love of reading?

  •  Make sure that they have books to read right from a young age.
  •  Read them books that they love.
  •  Play games that enourage them to recognise letters and words. You can buy or make flashcards to do this, or use their favorite book. make sure the books have lots of good quality pictures, especially for little ones.
  •  Visit the local library often with your child and let them join in any activities run by the library.
  •  For the older child, find out what they love most and provide books on that subject.
  •  Girls who love ponies or boys who love trains should be give books on those topics.
Many parents buy their kids computer games as these are the in thing at the moment. But you can also get computer games that are educational. They teach reading and spelling skills.

However, often the cheaper way to get your child to love reading is to provide them with e-books or hard copy books. Responsible parents who want the best for their child will see to it that they learn to read well, instilling into them a love of books from as early as two years of age.

Scroll down to find ebooks for boys and girls on this website. Click on august and September to find more. Follow the links and purchase a suitable book as the first step in your quest to make your child a good scholar.

Till next time dudes,

Zack

Friday, 5 October 2012

Odd One Out

 Odd One Out is a novel for girls of 9-15.

Fourteen-year-old Zoe, city girl and loving it, is uprooted to live on an isolated dairy farm. An outside toilet, pigs, leeches,and possums on the roof are only a few of the problems she has to deal with.
She hates being on the farm, but when she discovers that Ben Crawford, the boy from the farm next door, lives alone with an alcoholic father who beats him, she decides to fix his problems in spite of having her own, even though both Ben, his father and her parents object to her interference.
Click on the link to read the first few pages.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Aisle Five

Here is something a little different from my usual sci-fi. It is a time warp story for girls aged around 9-12.

Zoe and Jack fall through a time warp in aisle five of the local supermarket. They end up on a farm back in 1951. Jack is happy to stay there forever. How can Zoe find the way home? And what can she do about Jack?

Parents, get your kids reading. It's the best thing you can do for their future.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Excerpt from Jed's Escape

Note: Jed's Escape is the first in the Jeddon Series. These ebooks are suitable for boys 9-15. Since there is also a girl as a major character, girls may also enjoy them.
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Jed turned to face the old man again.“I will be ruler one day, Dirnll. See?” He pulled the Badge of Ruling up from where it hung. “Zarine will have her freedom, but you won’t, unless you help us now.”“You think you’ll rule just because you have the badge?” Dirnll sneered. “Vexson has all the power of Jeddon behind him.”“But he is not heir to the throne. It is mine by right of birth.:
Dirnll’s laughter sent shivers down Jed’s spine.“There is no way I can help you, even if I wanted to,” he said. “If I allowed you back to the desert, Vexson would take the knowledge of the paths from me and follow you. There is no safe place for you anywhere, Jed.”
It was true; Jed could see that. The only place he could go was into the starship, but how? Could they jump? Jed looked down.  The invisi-shield shimmered just below them. Where would the hatch be? He tried to envision the exact position, but could not.
“Go down, Jed. You are finished.” Dirnll raised his knife. “Vexson will kill you, or I will. Which is it to be?
Anger coursed through Jed. “You – if you dare!”
There was a flash of silver as Dirnll threw the knife.


Monday, 1 October 2012

Matt Moonrunner Saves an Alien


After failing his space cadet exams Matt Moonrunner flies his new spacerunner to Moon City to visit his friend Malla, only to find the city in ruin and an injured Malla the only resident left. Did the space troopers kidnap the Chewmushies? Matt and Malla devise a plan to rescue them, but it goes badly wrong. Find out what happens to Malla and Matt as they try to outwit and outfly the space troopers.

This story is around 8,000 words and suitable for kids 9-12 yrs. Click on the link below to read an excerpt.

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