Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Mouse in the House Blog

I love Roberta Baird's whimsical illustrations and perusing her blog is always an adventure. You won't want to miss the Santa stuck upside down in the chimney! Roberta also offers free pages with activities for kids -- Millie the Mouse Paper Doll with lots of different outfits, Cutout and Fold Paper Toys, Giraffe Sewing Pattern, and Coloring Pages. While you're there, be sure to check out her portfolio and sketchbook.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Diamonds & Toads

Diamonds and Toads blog shares information about all things fairy tale. You can find links to a number of interesting fantasy blogs and sites, including the fairy tale journal, Enchanted Conversation. For anyone who loves fairy tales and wants to know more, this is a great place to start.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Between Fact & Fiction

I always find something interesting at Author Natalie Whipple’s Between Fact and Fiction Blog. Whether she’s sharing her feelings about being on submission for 15 months, or bragging about her friends’ books, or bemoaning the trials of medical insurance policies, or her approval of occasionally writing crap,  she’s always honest. That honesty shines through with over 1000 people following her!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cliche Finder

Here's an unusual concept -- find a cliche to add to your writing! Easy to use -- just type a word into the search box and see what cliches pop up.

I tried "rabbit" and got:

a rabbit out of the hat
faster than a jack rabbit
hop like a rabbit

I tried "fast" and got:

thick and fast
play fast and loose
hard and fast rule
hard and fast
fast and furious
Knock you from hell to breakfast
Faster than a speeding crawfish.
faster than a speeding bullet
all over the place like a dogs breakfast
faster than a comet
faster than a jack rabbit
faster than a speeding bullet
pull a fast one