Giveaway Saturday, March 21, 2015 . . . Blueberry Moon

Hello Friends and Family–

I just wanted to let you know my new picture book, BLUEBERRY MOON, is free today on Amazon.  Here’s the link:


Rebecca Petruck: Let the Main Character Drive the Bus

Great Article on the Importance of the Main Character in Fiction

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You know how “Show Don’t Tell” is both true and kind of meaningless these days? I think the same about “Start with Action.” That advice drives me crazy because it’s incomplete: “Start with an Action that Reveals the MC’s Character.”

Imagine if The Hunger Games opened with Katniss volunteering. It would be dramatic, and we’d think her brave for taking her sister’s place. But would we be invested in the decision? A lot of people are surprised when I lay out the actual opening of The Hunger Games:

  • Katniss wakes up alone—Prim isn’t there (motivating fear);
  • Katniss sneaks across the perimeter to hunt (not afraid to break what she considers senseless rules; demonstrates a skill);
  • talks with Gale (establishes rules of world; her focus on survival blinds her to his feelings);
  • stops by the market and to see the mayor’s daughter to trade (confidence in navigating…

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March (Poetry) Madness is here!

Hi, Everybody–

Each year, Chicago sports writer Ed de Caria challenges 64 poets to an elimination-round poetry competition modeled on the NCAA’s March Madness. Adults and children across the country are invited to vote for their favorite poems. Check it out if you have time–it’s fun!

Here’s the link:

Voting on Flight 1, Round A poems begins at 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 9th.

Here’s my offering.  I had 36 hours to write an 8-line poem using the word ‘artifice.’

A Poet’s Lament

sometimes words are dancers, they leap and twist and bound,
other times they’re cannonballs whose meaning weighs you down.

though I’m not a connoisseur of rhythm, voice or rhyme,
of this one thing I’m certain, about words, both yours and mine—

significance is personal, despite the speaker’s thrust.
poets aren’t infallible, your instincts you must trust.

to overlook this simple rule would surely be remiss,
because truth is what you make of it—and art is often artifice.



Photography Quote of the Week – Abraham Lincoln

Who knew Abraham Lincoln had such a good sense of humor?

220px-Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863 Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”
― Abraham Lincoln

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