Dare to be a Voice is Published

Publishing and Marketing

Huzzah! Dare to be a Voice is officially published in both e-book and print versions. This would make an EXCELLENT gift for someone in your life who LOVES animals, who LOVES our planet, and who WANTS to read some fun, creative stories by talented young writers!

Here are the links:

Dare to be a Voice — Paperback

Dare to be a Voice — Digital

If you are interested in helping share this book to your family and friends, that would be amazing! Give me a shout below if you’d like to be a part of our street team!

DON’T FORGET! Proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to two non-profit organizations: World Wildlife Fund and Center for Wildlife. Both organizations are committed to protecting our planet for future generations (that means OUR kids and grandkids because we are already in the throes of disaster).

This week I’m showcasing three more writers who contributed stories to this project…

ADDISON HENNINGER

Addison is eleven years old and lives in Dover, New Hampshire with her mom, dad, two cats, and one dog. In her spare time, she likes to ride horses and dance. She is also an avid reader, loves art, and likes to travel. She thanks Kate Johnston for the opportunity to be part of this conservation inspired writing project.

“As he turned to wave goodbye to his aunt and uncle, he was regretting his decision to participate in the race. He already missed his mom, but she had encouraged him to go. This kind of race was exactly what he loved to do, because it would let him put to use his engineering and technology skills. Plus, he really loved going to the beach in Florida, but lately he had noticed how crummy the ocean looked and all the trash that floated in on the tide. Winning the race would allow him to do so many good things: help protect the oceans and get his mom the medicine she needed that could get rid of the cancer.” ~ THE BIOME RACE


NATASHA JONAK

I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 30th 2009. I am nine years old, and I attend a primary school called Woodman Park School in Dover. This is my last year before graduation to the middle school. I am very friendly and really like to meet my friends and play with them.

  I like to learn new stuff and my favorite subject at school is math. I love to read books about fantasy. My favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. When I was three years old I went to a preschool named “Stepping Stones” in Belfast. At the age of four I began the primary school “Park Lodge” in the same town. At the age of six I moved away to New Hampshire in U.S.A. I’m still living here in Dover.

I like to bake chocolate cookies with my mom. In my free time I love to write stories and draw pictures. My favorite sport is swimming and gymnastics. Something that I really like about writing is that I can use my imagination to make up a story.

Chloe nodded. “Yes, but really stressful and a lot of work. We can’t mess up, ever. You see, unicorns have the power of fantasy and imagination. Only one unicorn is born every one hundred years. Fantasy and imagination exist in your world because of the unicorns.” Chloe proudly stroked Crystal’s nose. “You have her to thank for your books and games and dreams. Without unicorns, human beings would be without any of those things.”

“Wow. I didn’t know that,” said Amy.

“So . . . what happens if Crystal dies before her one hundred years are up?” Andrea asked fearfully.”  ~ THE SPARKLING GIRL


XENIA PEARLMAN

Xenia Pearlman is a twelve-year-old girl.  She started to play field hockey for her middle school this year and really enjoys it! Xen has been writing stories for a long time, but Garbage Planet is the first to be published. She has a kitten named Connor, who she got as a birthday present on her 11th birthday… after pestering her mom about a kitten for years.

Xen first got the opportunity to write a story for this book when she joined an after-school writing program called “Dare to Write.” When the teacher told her about the anthology and asked if anyone was interested, it was almost an immediate “Yes!” Xen loves to write and plans to continue writing stories in the future.

“Y’know where we’re going?”

“Mars.” At least, that’s what the report said that morning.

“Incorrect! We’re going to the Garbage Planet, the dump that they used to call Earth,” replied Kaya, smirking.

Cecelia laughed. “There is no such place as Garbage Planet. Officer Dell said that’s a myth.”

Kaya shook her head. “That’s what he wants everyone to think. He’s lying to you. Garbage Planet is real. But it’s getting worse every day that we don’t do something about it.” She leaned forward. “We’re going to hijack this ship, steer it to Garbage Planet, and help the people who were left behind there.”

“Slow down. Did you say people? There are people living on Garbage Planet?”

“Against their will.” Kaya grimaced. “We need your help. You can get into parts of the ship that we can’t.”

“I’m not sure. We could get into a lot of trouble . . .”

“Are you willing to be a janitor your whole life?”

“Well, no . . .”  ~ GARBAGE PLANET


You can read about the other authors here >>>


 

If you are interested in helping share Dare to be a Voice with your family and friends and colleagues, that would be amazing! Remember, every purchase of this book will help a species or biome in need. This is an easy way to help out the planet plus add some smiles to the faces of these young writers who worked their tails off to get this book out into the world!

Give me a shout here if you’d like to be a part of Dare to be a Voice street team!

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Dare to be a Voice

Environmental Awareness, Publishing and Marketing

Dare to be a Voice is coming soon! Wildlife and wild places written by talented young writers are at the heart of this anthology.

Publishing an anthology was a brainstorm of mine when I felt the need to try something new and “daring” with my writing programs. I’ve been running creative writing programs in the local schools for eight years, and I was ready to shift gears a bit.

Dare to be a Voice, a collection of environmentally themed short stories, is the result, and I couldn’t be more proud. These authors, I gotta tell you, blew me away with their hard work and commitment. My program, Dare to Write, was largely an independent study, where the students did the work on their own time, with the help of my storycrafting lessons that I provided.

Proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to two non-profit organizations, World Wildlife Fund and Center for Wildlife.

World Wildlife Fund believes in protecting the future of nature and human beings, and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally.

Center for Wildlife is a private, non-profit organization located in Cape Neddick, Maine (USA), whose mission is to “build a sustainable future for wildlife in the community through medical treatment, rehabilitation, educational outreach, research, and conservation activities.”

This week, I’d like to present three of the writers . . .

KAROLYI CAMPANO

Karolyi is twelve years old. She has two sisters, a dog, and a guinea pig. Her favorite thing to do is to read or listen to music. As for activities, she plays soccer and is in her school’s band.

Some of Karolyi’s favorite authors include John Green, Leigh Bardugo, and David Levithan. Her favorite things to write usually are realistic fiction or fantasy, and she loves creating her characters.

To her, the hardest thing about writing this story was meeting the deadlines and creating the plot.

If she had to describe herself in three words, they would probably be procrastinator, listener, and thinker.

“This was the first polar bear I’d ever seen. Supposedly they were extinct. I had the rabbit. I didn’t need the bear as well for food. I lowered my bow.”

from THE LOST CUB

 

 


EMILY CULLAMAR

Emily is a 6th grader at Dover Middle School. She’s a Filipino-American born and raised in New Hampshire and embraces both cultures. She loves to run and often participates in local 5Ks.

She loves to travel and has been to places like Morocco, the Netherlands, China, and Australia with her brother and parents.

In Emily’s spare time, she likes to listen to music, draw, read, or write. Ever since she was young, she’s been interested in astronomy. Even then, she still has no idea what field she wants to go into.

If you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she’ll say, “Happy.”

“I could feel my corneas bleeding. The amount of light exposure my eyeballs were getting was inhumane. The others said I’d get used to the bright lights, but I wasn’t sure about that.”

from A DIFFERENT WORLD


ARISSA HENDRARTO

Hello readers! My name is Arissa and I’m in seventh grade. I would say I’ve been writing for my whole school career and I enjoy it very much.

Other than writing, I enjoy playing with my dog, Charlie, and doing sports. I play volleyball for my school team and a club team, as well as doing track and field with my school.

Probably my biggest inspiration is Amandla Stenberg. She was an actress in The Hunger Games, a trilogy I enjoy very much, and she speaks out deeply about her experiences in the mainstream industry being a minority. I relate to her in many ways, which makes her such a fitting person to look up to.

A film she will also soon be featured in is The Hate U Give, which is my favorite book at the moment. It revolves around Starr Carter. She is an African American teenager who lives in a poor black neighborhood, but attends a rich, white suburban prep school. Juggling the two worlds is already very difficult, but any self-image she has gets shattered when her childhood best friend gets shot by a cop. Starr is thrown into a difficult position. She has the option to speak out about what happened or stand down. It is a very powerful book, and I feel that anyone can relate to this character and put themselves in her situation.

My favorite show ever is Stranger Things. It’s a thrilling Netflix original about a boy who lives in Hawkins, Indiana in 1983. When 12-year-old Will Byers goes missing his mother Joyce launches an exhilarating investigation. They come across many mysterious events involving secret government experiments, as well as a very unusual girl. The young actors and actresses in this film are so incredibly talented and inspirational.

That was a little bit about me and what I enjoy. I hope you like my story, readers!

“A blob of trash two times the size of Texas was floating in our ocean. Our teacher wrote it on the SMART board and let it sit there for the rest of class for us to write about. That’s when I saw people actually writing. The shallowest guy I had ever met was viciously scribbling on his paper and I did too, miles and miles of words.”

from CHANGE FOR THE SCHOOL


If you are interested in helping share Dare to be a Voice with your family and friends, that would be amazing! Remember, every purchase of this book will help a species or biome in need. This is an easy way to help out the planet plus add some smiles to the faces of these young writers who worked their tails off to get this book out into the world!

Give me a shout here if you’d like to be a part of Dare to be a Voice street team!

NaNoWriMo — The Finish Line

Coaching Tips and Guides

Today is November 30th and NaNoWriMo ends at 11:59 p.m. Congratulations to everyone who finished. Crazy-loud cheers to everyone who is still writing.

Wherever you may be with your word count, the most important point to take away from this challenge was that you gave it your best shot. No matter if you’re still stuck around 20,000 words — be proud of yourself that you tried.

And keep writing.

One of the biggest reasons that writers stop being writers is because they never finish their stories.

So keep writing.


If you lost your way with NaNoWriMo, I can help! Register for a story assessment! Comment below if you’d like more information.

**Story assessments are available for any manuscript, no matter what shape it’s in, NaNo-originated or not!

Have a writerly day!

China’s Legalization of Rhino Horn: A Detriment to Wild Rhino Populations

Environmental Awareness

This is heartbreaking news. We must put an end to the senseless greed. “Only 29,000 rhinos are left on Earth, in significantly fewer numbers than the roughly 440,000 elephants remaining. Rhino and elephant populations in Asia and Africa are in crisis primarily because of consumer demand for rhino horn and elephant ivory.”

The International Rhino Foundation Blog

Statement on China’s Legalization of Domestic Trade in Rhino Horn and Tiger Bone  

China’s decision to legalize the use of rhino horn and tiger bone in traditional medicine is cause for great concern for rhinos and tigers and also for the international collaborations actively working to save these species from extinction.  

The International Rhino Foundation urges China to reverse this recent policy decision and to more effectively implement its total ban on rhino horn and tiger bone trade. The changed policy will complicate regulation and undermine efforts to reduce demand for rhino horn, tiger bone, and other rare animal products. By legitimizing consumer demand, this policy will be detrimental to wild rhino populations.

The new policy reverses China’s 25-year ban on the use of rhino products. After the 1993 law prohibiting rhino horn use was enacted, rhino populations expanded during a decade of greatly reduced poaching, until new…

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