Tag Archives: Arts

Developing Fictional Characters

  Strong characters are a cornerstone of any successful story, but creating them is easier said than done. Here are a few things every character needs in order to come to life on the page.   Relatability: Whether hero or villain, human or otherwise, it is important to make your character relatable to the reader.…
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5 Ways to Stimulate Creativity in Your Everyday Life

Many don’t realize that creativity is a skill, and like all skills, it requires practice. The best way to hone your creativity is to try creating something every day – whether it’s writing, painting, or just about anything. But we’ve all experienced a creative roadblock at one point or another. Whether you have no idea…
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Reading in a Technological Era

Once upon a time, books were the primary form of entertainment for people. But with the technological renaissance came other, easier ways to pass the time. Slowly but surely, books have become scarcer and scarcer. There are a few culprits behind the increasing disappearance of the physical book, the most guilty of which is the…
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How A Good Author Can Improve Your Life

Who is your favorite author? That can be a tough question for a lot of reasons. Maybe you love to read and struggle to pick just one. Maybe you are not a big reader and struggle to even think of one. Or maybe you just never even pay attention to the authors at all. However,…
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What Literature Can Teach Us

No matter your feelings toward literature and reading, everyone at some point in their life has picked up a book and felt at least something. That’s because literature has the power to teach us countless lessons and information. Here are just a few things literature can teach us:   About ourselves. Books and the characters…
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Calling All Teens & Tweens!

  We have a couple of projects coming up that involve the young adult book market and we want to hear from the young adults that read! This short survey only takes a few minutes and we would love your help. Please share this with any teens & tweens you know. We look forward to…
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A Conversation with Mary Frances Millet – Artist

Mary Frances Millet has been a successful artist for many years, but when she decided to try something new, she was suddenly propelled into a whole new world. She wanted to create a coloring book to celebrate her town, Schenectady, NY. We all know coloring books are hot, but she never expected it to take…
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Beauty & the Beast – A Blight on Our Society, or A Magical Break?

Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you've probably heard about the little movie that's out now called Beauty & the Beast. I was lucky enough to catch this one on opening weekend and it has been interesting to hear people's reactions as they've made their way to the theater. Yes, there's been controversy…
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7 Life Lessons from the Oscars

  As one of the "artsy" kids, the Oscars were always like my Super Bowl. I had big dreams and knew I was going to work in Hollywood someday. The Oscars - Hollywood-bound or not - always represented to me that crazy dreams can and do come true. As I got older and became more…
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A Conversation with Jessie Riley

[caption id="attachment_3432" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Photo by Mark Morand[/caption] Jessie Riley, owner of Kitanie Books, an independent publishing house, knows what it's like to dream. She also knows what it's like to have an invisible illness. What she didn't know was that these two traits would converge to become one of her life's missions. Her recently…
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