On Writing, Thoughts

Word Wednesday: Grin

The Word Wednesday challenge? Use this in some form of your writing this week. Whether it’s a poem, short story, a chapter, or an article, slip this word in, and then tag Sitting in Spilt Ink in it on Twitter (@SpiltInkPress) for a chance to be featured on the site! 

/ɡrin/

verbs

smile broadly, especially in an unrestrained manner and with the mouth open.

noun

a broad smile.

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On Writing

Word Wednesday: Sailor

sail·or

/ˈsālər/

noun

a person who navigates waterborne vessels or assists as a crewmember in their operation and maintenance

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Photo Friday: In The Shadows

bridge crossing in the shadows

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Photo Friday: Windswept

field blowing in the wind

On Writing, Thoughts

Word Wednesday: Aroma

This Wednesday’s word is: Aroma (noun)

a·ro·ma

/əˈrōmə/

noun

a distinctive, typically pleasant smell.

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On Publishing, Thoughts

Children’s books are magical—and so are the creators

One of my favorite niches in the publishing world is children’s literature. I’ve collected children’s books since I was a child. My mother—a pre-kindergarten teacher—read to me each night and I volunteered in her classroom frequently growing up. The two of us still go into bookshops and look at children’s books. I start reading them aloud, then she tells me “No, No. You’re not reading it right!” And she reads the rest of the book aloud to me as if she’s putting on a play.

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The authors gathered at the end of the 2018 WNY Children’s Book Expo for a group photo!

So when I spent the day surrounded by children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country at the Western New York Book Expo, I was thrilled. The Expo, hosted by local children’s bookstore Monkey See, Monkey Do, saw 37 authors in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to sign books, do readings, and meet the kids (and adults—many teachers, librarians, and book lovers come childless!) of Buffalo and WNY.

 

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Photo Friday: Hello, Dear

deer in a field

On Writing, Thoughts

Word Wednesday: Corduroy

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This Wednesday’s word is: Corduroy (noun)

cor·du·roy
/ˈkôrdəˌroi/
noun

a thick cotton fabric with velvety ribs.

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flower blooming into darkness
Poetry

Keep the car running, I’m cold

His fingers dance in her outstretched palm
Each one, a kiss on her skin

They sit in comfortable silence
Not sure what to say but not yet ready to leave

She smiles. He wonders what that means.
Her fingers dance on his outstretched palm

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Photo Friday: Bloom

flower blooming into darkness