Top 10 Reasons to Read Middle Grade Fiction

Posted On Jun 19 2014 by

I seem to have found a home in YA and MG (Middle Grade) fiction. Maybe I just like short books. But I think it’s more than that. So today, I give you my Top 10 Reasons to read middle grade fiction… 10. In case you’d forgotten the debilitating horror of being noticed by an 8th grader. 9. Nice to reminisce about that other time in your life when food was more important than sex. 8. You’ll be pleased to learn that all 6th graders thought their teachers hated them. 7. To re-experience the greatest joy known to man: snow days. …


Top 10 Reasons Dads Deserve a Special Day

Posted On Jun 13 2014 by

Father’s Day is approaching quickly. Some of you  may wonder why fathers deserve recognition, so I give you my Top 10 reasons Fathers deserve a special day… 10. Without fathers, we never would have known that ocean waves are caused by whales rolling over in bed. 9. For showing us how to put a worm on a hook without pity. 8. For showing us how to remove a barbed hook from our skin. 7. For informing us that concerns of infection are overrated and we should get back to fishing. 6. Teaching us that a can of baked beans covered …


Top 10 Reasons Godzilla is the King of the Monsters

Posted On May 28 2014 by

Yes, it’s true. Godzilla is back. He’s bigger. He’s badder. His plotlines still suck. We love him. And here are the top 10 reasons why: 10. He proves that slow, fat guys with bad breath can still be winners. 9. He’s perfected the “Jaw Splitter,” something no WWF wrestler has mastered. 8. A good old fashioned stomping trumps flashy fighting techniques any time. 7. Only monster that can swim 5000 miles without the aid of flippers or gills. 6. He manages to bypass millions of square miles of open country to fight his enemies in a major city. 5. Only …


Top 10 reasons to never stop reading Young Adult novels…

Posted On Apr 11 2014 by

When I was growing up (yes…I grew up), novels were novels. You went from Green Eggs & Ham to rabid man-eating St. Bernards. I still think novels are novels. Just because we label ’em Young Adult doesn’t mean that they aren’t great fiction. So, I give you my Top 10 reasons to never stop reading Young Adult novels… 10. You’d never know that hovercraft served so many useful purposes. 9. Discover that the fear of the opposite sex didn’t end with your generation. 8. Okay, we still want to have magical powers, but we’re not allowed to openly say so …


Top 10 things we say to teenagers and how they interpret them

Posted On Mar 21 2014 by

Top 10 things we say to teenagers and how they interpret them. 10. We say: Do the dishes. Interpretation: Put dishes into dishwasher until full. Leave everything else where it is. 9.  We say: Clean your room. Interpretation: Clear a path from the bed to the door. 8.  We say: Did you do your homework? Interpretation: Did you do the homework you were intending to do? 7.  We say: Take the dog for a walk. Interpretation: Snap on leash, take dog to end of driveway, make him pee, return home. 6. We say: Turn off the TV. Interpretation: Turn on …


Top 10 Reasons to Self-Publish

Posted On Mar 14 2014 by

There’s been much talk of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. So I thought I’d offer my Top 10 reasons to self-publish… 10. You can call yourself an “indie” author, which sounds really cool and normals won’t have any idea what you mean. 9. Listening to your relatives say, “No…what do you really do for a living.” 8. Send out PDF files of your books as Christmas gifts. 7. Your seven devoted readers will form a cult with you as their leader. 6. You can totally dominate a twitter hashtag and call it “marketing.” 5. No one will stop you from using …