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  1. Dear America Books are FAKE!!

    This is the latest post on my blog, Blue Pencil Diaries.

    When I was nine, there was nothing I loved to read more than those Dear America books for kids. My adventure-loving mind gobbled up every bit of the supposed diaries of real girls throughout history. A compulsive diary writer even then, I loved the thought of reading actual girl’s diaries. What a fascinating thought that their journals had been preserved so long.

    Your life is nothing but a lie, Julie
    One ...
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  2. Short Story Skeleton

    Before you begin your short story you will need to do some preparation and make a "skeleton" for your story. Just like a human body, the body of your story needs a skeleton to keep it from collapsing.

    Here are some tips and tricks for preparing your short story:

    Your passion for your story is crucial. If you do not have a deep, burning desire to write your story, it will never get written. The way you feel about your story will greatly affect the quality of ...
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  3. Pea Brains Not Allowed

    Yesterday I found myself reading a website which I had in past months determined to be only suitable for elderly folks. I had the impression that the articles were created for relaxing inspiration. Upon reading two of the site's columns I was surprised to discover them surprisingly witty.

    One was written by a man, the other by his wife. The woman's column shocked me with its lack of sugariness, and the man's was incredibly fresh and smart. I know what I am-I'm critical and close minded ...
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