Archive for the ‘2014’ Category

Thanksgiving Crazes: 7 Bizarre Real-life Hunger Games Facts

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family where people sometimes enjoy good entertainment. Recently, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie, has stirred up some interesting news like #MyHungerGames. Below I have listed 7 bizarre real-life Hunger Games facts.   

Worldwide Horrors

Friday, October 31st, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork I’ve just recovered from months of a pneumonia hardship, making it my worst horror for 2014. Now that I’m fully recovered, I’ve been thinking about worldwide horrors—the things lurking at night, haunting children’s dreams—the monsters. The most helpful monster listings (covered on many sites) I’ve provided for you monster enthusiast and/or writers searching […]

First Half of 2014: Young Audience Book Deals that are Published

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork I’ve been keeping track of daily book deals for Children to New Adult (NA) on Publisher’s Marketplace. The children’s category consists of the breakdown of three separate categories: Children (under age 8), Middle Grade (MG) ages 8-12, and Young Adult (YA) ages 13-17. The results are quite interesting. Which category do you […]

YA Authors on YouTube

Monday, June 30th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork YouTube is a strange and magical place where the talented can showcase their amazing skills such as putting on their pants with no hands. No really. There’s actually a video of a guy using his lower body to put on a pair of pants. Crazy, I know! See him in action below: 

YA Book Diversity

Monday, May 26th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Over the past several years, there have been recent discussions on the lack of diversity in children’s books. I find the topic to be interesting since most of the children being born in the U.S. today are minorities, including children born of mixed backgrounds. There’s a document that contains facts related to […]

2014 YA Movies Coming Soon…

Monday, April 28th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Some of the best YA movies are adaptations from novels. In the first half of 2014, Vampire Academy and Divergent were released in February and March. To my knowledge, there are only four YA movies left — the most popular is the box office hit, Hunger Games: Mockingjay. I can’t wait to see this one since […]

Being Divergent Rules!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Being divergent rules! The YA dystopian film, Divergent, just came out last weekend. After reading the books in the series and watching the movie, I found myself reflecting on all of those crazy personality tests. If you’re more into searching the stars for answers, try this astrology site, www.horoscope.com. Then again, there […]

Spring Break Travel Trends 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork I’ve noticed a recent trend in bad cold weather jokes referencing the Disney movie, Frozen. Check out this parody: YouTube vid, Just Don’t Go. I’m sure there are plenty of other fun ones out there. I especially find the South versus the North snow day jokes in the US to be hilarious. […]

A Few Quick Writing Tips

Monday, January 27th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork After writing the first draft and its revisions, it’s always good to double check for the minor grammatical changes. I’ve listed a few quick writing tips (or US grammar rules) with examples below that are sometimes…forgettable. These rules may vary depending on the situation or country.