Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Answer to Monday's Riddle: Practice, Practice!



Excellent guessing Riddlers! Great job to those who guessed correctly. This week, we're on the topic of practice. Lizzy's review will keep getting better and better, and Friday Margo will tell us about a new story she's found. See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F



If there's something you wish to do, here's three simple ways to give you a clue. The first is to ponder and think it away; of course, it's still there at the end of the day. The second is to do it, but with heavy heart; this isn't helpful when things come apart. The third is the wisest and simplest way, do it with care and love every day. Once you've mastered the path to your goal, you'll see many more filling the bowl. But if you train yourself, you'll focus your skill, and that gives you the power to do things at will. 

What am I referring to? Answer: Practice!




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Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday's Riddle: Things to Do? Here's a Clue...


Hello Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? You could say these riddles are like this for me. ; ) ~ F

If there's something you wish to do, here's three simple ways to give you a clue. The first is to ponder and think it away; of course, it's still there at the end of the day. The second is to do it, but with heavy heart; this isn't helpful when things come apart. The third is the wisest and simplest way, do it with care and love every day. Once you've mastered the path to your goal, you'll see many more filling the bowl. But if you train yourself, you'll focus your skill, and that gives you the power to do things at will. 

What am I referring to?

I gave you a clue!

Clue: Pile of draft manuscripts 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

A Gathering of Characters!

Follow along with the CBC once a month to chat with your favorite fictional characters about their adventures!


Welcome back! The CBC is in full swing. Here's a wrap up of last year's meetings. Take a trip into these fabulous middle grade books and find out what some colorful characters have to say!


Next CBC Host: The DMS!
Friday, October 17th!

Next Roundtable Feature:
Double Vision: Code Name 711 





When: Friday, May 16th
Notes: What an amazing time we had chatting with Little Orchid! Her unexpected underwater adventure was not only a lesson learned, but quite an exciting time. We can't wait to see what's next for Little Orchid, and we're happy we had a chance to hear her voice. :)  



When: Thursday, March 13th
Feature Guest: Tomato and Pea from The Adventures of Tomato and Pea by Erik Weibel

Notes: Another great gathering of characters! Tomato and Pea were hilarious, and Taylor Davis had some really interesting questions. Be sure to check back in May for the next CBC meeting. Who knows what will happen?


When: Friday, February 14th
Feature Guest: Taylor Davis from The Flame of Findul by Michelle Isenhoff

Notes: What an excellent meeting! It was great to hear from Tomato and Pea- who are such cool characters! Tayor Davis told us about his fascinating adventures, and for the record, the DMS loves scented candles. :) Be sure to check back for the next meeting, where we'll find out more about these awesome characters and their exciting adventures! 

11th Meeting of the CBC

When: Friday, Janaury 17th
Feature Guest: Kate and Hallo from Order of the Crystal Lion by Gregory Slomba

Notes: It was awesome to hear from our friends Kate and Hallo over at The Deliverers, and it was interesting to find out about Calendria and the amazing adventures they go on. Hallo was a blast, and it was great for the chance to hang out with him. We look forward to getting together with these colorful characters again! 

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10th Meeting of the CBC

When: Friday, December 20th
Feature Guest: Anna Green from Finding My Place by Margo Dill

Notes: It was awesome to hear from our friends Kate and Hallo over at The Deliverers, and for the chance to chat with Anna Green. It was interesting to find out about life during war time, and excellent that these two different worlds were able to connect. Hallo was a blast, and it was great for the chance to hang out with him. We're hosting the January meeting, which will be awesome, so be sure to check back! 



When: Friday, November 15th
Feature Guest: Terra from Beware of the White by Kai Strand

Notes: What a fun meeting! It was so cool to hear about the two different worlds that Terra and Anna come from. It was interesting to find out about Terra being a nature's spirit, and excellent that Anna was able to transport herself to the present for the meeting. We're all excited to hang out with these amazing ladies again soon! In December, we're heading over to our friend Eric's corner of the book block, where we're bound to be amused by the clever owl, Stig, so be sure to check back! 

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8th Meeting of the CBC

When: Friday, October 18th
Feature Guest: Breeze from Just Breeze by Beverly Stowe McClure

Notes: It was a fun CBC meeting over at our friend Kai Strand's Blog! Breeze Brannigan is a really cool character with fabulous hair! We so want to find out more about Cam Smith, and we're impressed with Breeze's ability to keep a secret. : ) The next CBC is bound to be awesome, so be sure to check back in November! 

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7th Meeting of the CBC

When: Friday, September 20th

Notes: It was awesome to hear from Millie! Erik had some interesting questions prepared for the meeting, and it was fascinating to find out more about each of these colorful characters. We can't wait for the next CBC meeting in October, so be sure to check back! 




When: Friday, August 16th

Notes: Meeting Erik was awesome, and it was great to visit Millie's blog again- she's always so much fun! Erik's adventure with a pirate and his ghostly crew kept us on the edge of our seat, and Marcus cannot wait to meet Star to see if she can really read his mind- he's been preparing thoughts since the meeting- lol. We were happy to catch wind of this story, and a good time was had by all! We can't wait to chat with Erik and his interesting friends again soon.

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When: Friday, July 19th
Feature Guest: Pete and Weasel Alligators Overhead by C. Lee Mckenzie

Notes: It was fun to chat with Pete and Weasel! They are such cool characters! We enjoyed learning about their swampy adventures, and can't believe how awesome it is that Pete has an alligator for a familiar. Hopefully, Weasel will get a chance to read, and Pete will turn into a G-normas guy with x-ray vision who can fly. : )

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When: Friday, June 14th
Feature Guest: Eric & Stig from The Deliverers by Gregory Slomba

Notes: It was so much fun to find out more about Eric & Stig from The Deliverers! Pete did a great job hosting the meeting, and we hope he isn't in too much trouble with his author for hijacking the blog. Stig was as charming as ever, and it was really interesting to hear about his travels. We also found out that Alligators and Owls have no problems with each other and actually quite enjoy each others company. It's Pete's turn next to tell us what he thinks about things, so be sure to keep an eye out for the next CBC meeting. And guess what? It's going to be hosted by us, the DMS! We can't wait ; ) 



When: Friday, May 17th

Notes: It was great to find out more about Millie at the 3rd meeting of the CBC, hosted by the very charming duo of Eric and Stig from The Deliverers. Lizzy was excited to chat with someone else who loves to travel, and it was cool to hear Millie's excellent advice about what do do when faced with a bully. We are so excited to visit Pete over at The Write Game next month and hear what Eric and Stig have to say about things! 



Where: Millie's Blog!
When: Friday, April 19th

Notes: Visiting Millie's Blog was so much fun, and it was great to talk about how we started the Detective Mystery Squad. Millie's haunting problem was fascinating, and we hope that our advice was helpful! We can't wait for the next meeting of the CBC! 



When: Friday, March 22nd
Feature Guest: Nate from the Nate Rocks Series by Karen Pokras Toz

Notes: It was awesome to chat with Nate! We learned some interesting things about him and his big sister, Abby. As it turns out, his mom's cooking is as bad as he says, and it was a unanimous decision not to eat the Sunday Morning Surprise : )


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