World Water Day

Today, we celebrate World Water Day, an annual United Nations Observance that started in 1993. This day focuses on the importance of water, celebrates water, and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.

Each year, the UN changes the theme related to water. The theme for this year is groundwater – making the invisible visible. I like how simple this theme is as groundwater isn’t seen, but has an impact everywhere.

Their site had several children’s activities posted online. I am attaching two documents for children to do. First, enjoy a cool word search. In addition, you can try out this fun maze.

You can also try to reduce your water usage at home. It all adds up and makes a difference.

from worldwaterday.org

Happy 6 Months!

Happy 6th months to Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel! Yay!!!

I still pinch myself that I have a published book out!

For those of you on Instagram, I am hosting a giveaway to celebrate 6 months of publication by giving away 6 signed copies of my book. Head over to my Instagram account to check it out and enter the giveaway which ends on 2/28. Good luck!

Thank you all for your support!!!

Names

We all know the names of Pippi, Ramona, Winnie, Sherlock, Charlie Bucket, Harry Potter, and many more.

Character names represent more than a word on a piece of paper. The name of the character comes to life and becomes a real person throughout a novel.

Authors take great care in naming their characters. The ideas can come from many sources and places of inspiration.

In my children’s book, Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel, I selected the names of Reese and Dean by using my children’s middle names. Reese and Dean fit their characters really well.

I based other characters’ names on their personalities and characteristics. I even changed a name at one point. Olivia was originally named Eva. In the editing process, I discovered that Eva and Emma were too similar of names to have in this book. I couldn’t imagine changing Emma, so opted to change Eva to Olivia.

I’m working on the second book in this series and need a name for a 5 year old boy character. I decided to ask for some help and who else best to help than a class of children. 🙂 A local fourth grade class agreed to help and all wrote down name suggestions on pieces of paper for me to review.

I love the suggestions! I am really impressed how serious the students took this task and wanted to help.

Thank you to Mrs. Anderson’s class for all these thoughtful and creative suggestions!