The Traveling Terrier Makes A Top-Ten List!

Conversations' 10 Dog-Gone Great Books For SpringCongratulations to Mr. Pish – the traveling terrier featured in the educational children’s books by author K. S. Brooks. This time his book Mr. Pish’s Woodland Adventure is featured in Conversations Magazine’s March/April 2012 edition in the Conversations’ 10 Dog-Gone Great Books For Spring.

The list includes fiction and non-fiction books, giving something for everyone. You can read the Conversations Magazine piece here.

In Mr. Pish’s Woodland Adventure, the adventurous Jack Russell Terrier leads readers on an expedition into the forest. With full color photographs and engaging text geared to promote outdoor learning, Mr. Pish shows how easy it is to experience nature no matter where you live. Mr. Pish even teaches kids how to make their own “Great Explorer’s” scrapbook!

You can learn more about Mr. Pish on his website and facebook page, and his three books which are available at


Why I Write About Women by Terry L. White

I had a comment the other day that I tend to write about women. I am not sure if this was a complaint or an accolade. I am a woman, and while some folks say a female should not even attempt to write from the male point of view – when in point of fact Stephen King proved otherwise in Rose Red and Dolores Claiburn – I am drawn to illuminating the woman’s lot.

It seems to me that there is a body of history written by half of the participants in any given era. Men go off to war and have the big adventures in their life, and when they are old, they write about the glory parts and never mention the women who stayed behind. This is right and proper, but that old saying about a good woman standing behind a successful man is true. Women do a lot – and deserve to have their stories told, no matter how humble, as part of a larger story. Continue reading “Why I Write About Women by Terry L. White

There is no one write true way….

Author Valerie Douglas
Author Valerie Douglas

Yes, I spelled that correctly, just to make a point. Lately I’ve seen a few posts on LinkedIn and Facebook where one writer purports to tell other writers just how to write. Even worse, at least two of them  stated that Stephen King (yeah, THAT Stephen King, the one that sells bajillions of books.) was doing it wrong.

Outside of the obvious hubris and ridiculousness of that remark (see I can  be nice, I used ridiculous instead of the word I wanted to use) given his output and success, was the relative unsuccess of two of the writers. Even for me, the Queen of snark, it was a little absurd. Continue reading “There is no one write true way….”

Week 14 Flash Fiction Contest Voting

Vote!The time has arrived for IU readers to begin voting in this week’s Flash Fiction Competition. On behalf of the IU staff, I want to thank all the entrants for doing such a great job with the writing prompt and the merciless constraints of the exercise.

This week, there are six entries from which to choose. You may review the entries here. Please spread the word and encourage your friends to vote by using the share buttons at the bottom of the post!

The poll will be open until 5:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time) Thursday

Vote for your favorite entry in the week 14 flash fiction contest:

  • David Antrobus (55%, 28 Votes)
  • Laurie Boris (29%, 15 Votes)
  • Dick Waters (6%, 3 Votes)
  • John B Badd (6%, 3 Votes)
  • RG Bud Phelps (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Nicola (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

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