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Who is Ranger Ted?

He was born in the hot, desert wilderness of the Grand Canyon. Abandoned by his parents, he wandered, alone, lost, destitute across the orange-yellow rocks of the canyon's one-mile deep floor. Kicking up dust-spray from his dried feet, he walked for days, months, years. He truly had become a hobo bear; he had no clue [...]

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The Last Step: Making the Final Touches to your Writing

The final step is often the hardest. And the bizarre thing, it’s usually the smallest. Thus it is so with accomplishing anything in life, including being a successful writer. The final step is that last little rung, at the top of the ladder, that feels so far up you might lose your balance if you [...]

Jekyll or Hyde: writing children’s middle-grade or young adult fiction?

Just recently I've been changing. Not in the visiting-the-swimming-pool-so-I'm-getting-into-my-trunks changing, more the Jekyll and Hyde sense. Yes, that's right, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Probably admitting such a thing at this point in the blog might lead you to imagine dark hospital wards, a padded cell, me drooling angrily over my laptop, throwing test tubes [...]