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How Symbolism in Fairy Tales of Old Help Us Today

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 How Symbolism in Fairy Tales of Old Help Us Today By H. R. Conklin (author of The Eternity Knot in the Celtic Magic series) By reading the old stories, we can learn valuable lessons still relevant today. The ancient people of Earth were excellent observers. Living on the same lands for generation after generation, their connection to the planet and all things that grow from it became intimate. Their knowledge of the inherent wisdom within their surroundings was folded into stories that we now call fairy tales or myths. Many truths that have been relegated to “old wives’ tales” have been proven by science. Einstein is thought to have suggested reading fairy tales as a way to encourage a child’s imagination, the first necessary brain function in becoming curious and asking questions. Such fairy tale wisdom can be found in the tales of the ancient Celtic people as well as many other cultures around the world.  The Irish-Celts have many stories they tell about a popular character name

Only My Horses Know

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  Only My Horses Know Reviewed by: Jill Sheets   Cinda Jo Bauman’s book “Only My Horses Know” is an excellent book, which I loved.   It is a fast pace book, that kept me interested until the end. Her characters are believable, and you can feel each emotion they had. No matter how small or large.   And all I wanted is for the best for each one. I cannot wait to read more of her books.   Until then, I am going to sit back down and reread this book. This is a must read book no matter what your age. Just set back and enjoy. About the Author & Publisher, Margo L. Dill   Margo L. Dill is the CEO and owner of Editor-911 Books in St. Louis, MO. She is also the author of the American Civil War Adventure Series with two books,  Anna and the Baking Championship  and  Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg , for middle-grade readers. Her other books are  That's the Way It Always Happened  and  Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire: The Case of the Missing Cookies

Read-Aloud Stories with Fred Collection

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  Read-Aloud Stories with Fred Collection Reviewed by:  Jill Sheets Fred Olds book “Read-Aloud Stories with Fred Collection Volumes 1 and 2” is a cute collection of short stories with adorable pictures that go with them.   Not only do I love the illustrations, but the stories in the book are well written, and each character is wonderfully developed.    This book is the perfect length to be read out loud, whether you are reading it to a child or if a child is practicing reading it to you.   A few of my favorite stories in this collection are:             “Looking Inside” By Margo L Dill           “Ben and the Terrible Red Card” By Fred Olds           “The Hobbling Hermit” By Fred Olds           “Ben and the Bully, Billy Bob” By Fred Olds   I recommend this book no matter what your age.  Book Summary of Read Aloud Stories with Fred Collection   In this full collection of  Read-Aloud Stories with Fred , we have included all six stories from volumes 1 and 2,

M.T. Becker Writer's Block Advice

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 M.T. Becker Writer's Block Advice What is writer's block? Is it merely being stuck staring at a blank page with a blank mind, or is it more devious than that? Honestly, we don’t even know the answer to our own question because every writer's writing process is unique. But for us, M.T. Becker, writer’s block is something we accept and expect to happen during the writing process. It's not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when writer's block will rear its ugly head.  Therefore, we know when we commit to writing a sentence, a short story, or a book it is going to take time. Actually, It’s going to take us a long time to write because we are purposely trying to tell our readers EXACTLY what we want them to know. There is a well known story that goes something like this: A bricklayer and an author went to work for eight hours. When the eight hours was over, they told each other about their day. The bricklayer said he built a beautiful six feet brick wall. The author sai

Time to Reset-- Review

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  Time to Reset Reviewed by: Jill Sheets         I was so excited to finally get the book “Time to Rest: A 21 Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Sidelined, Disappointed or Knocked off Course” by Karen Brown Tyson. The book came at the right time in my life, and it was something I needed.   I had lost my job over a year ago, so I could not wait to start to read the book and see what she had to say.     This is one of the best devotional books that I have ever read.   I love it. It was like Ms. Tyson was directly talking to me. This book is well written and easy to understand. The devotional is perfectly laid out, and you will have no problem following the book as you read it.     I loved how she talks about her personal experiences in this book to help us see the bigger picture. Along with her experiences, she has excellent advice, prayers and picks the perfect verses to go along with each one of the 21 days.     This book is a quick read, and it

Save the Cat Course Review

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  Save the Cat Course Review by: Jill Sheets     When I found out that I was getting to review the Save the Cat! Online-Course Cracking the Beat Sheet, I could not wait. I was excited to start the course, so I jumped right in when I got the link.  I wondered if it would stand up to all the "hype" that I had heard.    To answer my question, yes, it did, more than I could have imagined. I love this course.  It is the best writing course that I have taken, and I have taken quite a few.    The class is from Blake Snyder's book "Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need!" Just a heads up, you will probably want to get this book before you start the course.  They do have reading assignments from the book.   This course will help you write your screenplays or novels with the 15 key "story beats," which will help you develop your story's roadmap. It will guide you step by step to accomplish that goal.   The t