Category Archives: ADVENTURES

POISON(ed) IVY – A Macabre All Hallows Tale

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MOONSCAPE – A Dose of Nonsense

When you were a kid, did anyone ever stare up at the sky and refer to a crescent moon as God’s toenail clipping? Or suggest to you the moon is made of green cheese? I could understand swiss cheese. Maybe. … Continue reading

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MOLECULARLY SPEAKING…

…we are all that is, was, and ever shall be gas, liquid, solidbustling atoms bond,breeding beings of breath, blood, bone     a convergence of matter = a mass  of varied shapes, colors, sizesfurred, feathered, scaled, petaled, prickly, slick   we … Continue reading

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A MIDSUMMER DAY’S INTERVIEW – with Amy Zhao

Last summer, teacher, mentor, and writer Greg Pattridge reviewed a newly released adventure story by the then 12-year-old Amy Zhao on his middle grade book based blog Always In The Middle.  In Greg’s words: “When I do dip into fantasy … Continue reading

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enVISIONing A WORK-IN-PROGRESS

Every writer has their own modus operandi when they begin a new project. Since my artistic abilities are rather lacking, I like to create a vision board. I browse magazines, scavenge for items in nature, snap photos, rifle through old … Continue reading

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JOE DOG and LOLLIPOP – A Pandemic Memory

JOE!

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FYI – 2021 BAY AREA BOOK FEST

If you’ve got a middle-grader or teen at home (or if you’re a teacher, librarian, or mentor), this year’s virtual BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL has 8 bold FREE events that’ll rock their world and empower them. The adult program rocks … Continue reading

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A COSMIC DELICACY OF GALACTIC PROPORTION

In a chocolate galaxy, far, far away, the Flavonol3-O-beta-glucoside O-malonyltransferase gather in a non-disclosed location  deep within the dark nether regions of the cocoa nebulae. Their mission: to effect the fabrication of a product so bold, so intense, so indescribably … Continue reading

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BONTON POTATO CHIPS, 5 CENTS A BAG – A Retrospective

BonTon Potato Chips. Crisp. Crunchy. Salty. Five cents a bag. No baloney sandwich should ever be without them. It’d be like Fred Flintstone going bowling without Barney Rubble. It’s all I can think of too, as we board the yellow … Continue reading

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CONFESSION OF A LATE IN LIFE WRITER

Have you ever felt like a unicorn?  The odd-one-out? The rarity in the herd?  In the children’s book writer’s world, I have. Unlike many of my contemporaries, I didn’t spend lazy summer days, dark, stormy nights, and every other waking … Continue reading

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