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When I studied English in college, I learned that this language is more complicated than most  American people realize. Foreigners understand how complicated it is because learning to read and speak it is very difficult.  There is not only grammar and punctuation to worry about but also the phonetics of the language. Trying to read by phonics just does not work all the time.

The best way to learn how to speak English, in my opinion, would be to listen to a book on CD while reading along. The reader learns the different pronunciations of words along with the definition of words by association or how the word is used in the sentence.

What fascinates me the most about the English language is the root words.  Most words derived from German, Celtic, Old English, Irish, Latin and Welsh to name a few.  So in essence the English language is just a pot of mixed languages.

Because of this rich language though we see that it is ever evolving. The language takes on a mixture of words today that are not just considered slang but are put in the dictionary. Where will the English language be in another 100 years? With all the influx of immigrants from different countries the language could change even more. Today we see that text messaging is fading away because the younger generations want to snap chat or use emoji’s to communicate with.

There are poets, philosophers and writers everywhere who turn the English word into something magical that touches ones soul; Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates. But most influential to the English language was William Shakespeare. We still use his words today.

 

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One poem I came across recently gave me pause in how we use words and how we create them.

A wife who loses a husband is called a widow.
A husband who loses a wife is called a widower.
A child who loses his parents is called an orphan.
There is no word for a parent who loses a child.
That’s how awful the loss is.
Jay Neugeboren – An Orphan’s Tale – 1976

How is it we have words for almost everything under the Sun but not for a parent who loses a child? That is sad. If I could contribute to the English language it would be to fill the gaps in our language where people have not before.

Words are how we communicate in this world.  We can be better understood by using the right words. Think how peaceful the world would be if we could communicate more clearly and people understood each other. That is the world I want to live in.

My mother always used to say, “Choose your words carefully”.

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I recently read an article about how writers need to connect more with the wants of readers.  The idea is to help writers.  The only way to get these answers though is to do a survey or ask people in a blog what they want to read.

I love to read children’s books and some adult fantasy and mystery books. I have also been reading some fantasy young adult. Please comment below what you like to read?

The reason I read these genres is because this is what I like to write. In the book store or library, my head will be bobbing up and down in the children book sections examining all the new or old titles, looking for the next big hit. I love to explore new authors works. I also like to read what is at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. This keeps me up to date on what the market is selling, or publishers pushing, and also what readers are hungry for.

Readers are an important part of the writing process. They keep authors writing more to please them.  When a book review comes up on Goodreads or Amazon about a book you wrote, then you want to read it no matter if it is good or bad. Authors are starving for feedback. What is working and what is killing a book?

I love readers and I feel happy when I see someone curled up in a chair with their nose in a book.

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To read the article click here: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/advice-for-writers-3-keys-to-connecting-with-young-readers-online

 

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I really enjoyed this thought provoking article about reading and buying the right book for readers in your life.  Read this before you send that book to a friend or relative.

 

The Great Chapter Book, Middle Grade Confusion | Chapter Book Chat.

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Jessica Wilson’s Reviews > Happenstance Found

Happenstance Found by P.W. Catanese
Happenstance Found (The Books of Umber, #1) 
by P.W. Catanese (Goodreads Author)

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Jessica Wilson‘s review

Jul 05, 14  ·  edit

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Read from July 04 to 05, 2014

 

Wow! I have been searching for something like this for a long time (maybe years). This was a wonderful surprising cleverly written story that takes you on a journey to a world you never want to leave. I loved the main character Happenstance and all the mysteries surrounding him. Lord Umber is a character you root for and hope to see in the next installments as someone who will surprise you with more hidden bits of wisdom. Catanese is a great writer and has the ability to capture your attention with just a few lines. I am hooked and I am seriously going to invest in purchasing the series.
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When I want to write something I don’t look at the bookshelves in the stores to see what’s popular now.  I write what I want to write.  This is how every artist, singer or writer in the world expresses themselves.  If I wrote what is popular now and then try to get it published, by the time it sees the bookshelves, which is over a year later, those topics or genre is no longer popular.

Readers today will look up books by popularity and read reviews on Goodreads or Amazon.  This little tool of reading reviews has saved me many times from buying the wrong product.  How ingenious it is to have a place where we can read what other people thought of the book or product before we decide to read or buy.

But there is another side where readers don’t trust complete strangers on the internet to give them advice to read a book.  So what do they do?  They ask their friends and family members.  They ask librarians or teachers.  They research a book’s quality by doing a lot of leg work.  Sounds tiring huh?

It starts small…

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Then grows a little more…  images (5)

 

 

till finally your eyes are screaming !!!!images (6)

 

 

 

 

The only thing left is to trust the reviews online.  Surely, over a hundred people can’t be wrong about a book, right?

So write what you want to write.  Sooner or later they will find your book, and either love it or hate it, and let everyone else in the world know about it.

Read more at : http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/03/18/what-should-i-read-next/

 

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Jessica Wilson’s Reviews

 > The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark TwainGeorge Eliot (Afterword)

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Jessica Wilson‘s review

Mar 01, 14  ·  edit
Read from February 21 to March 01, 2014
A great adventure after another. Huck surprises you with his willingness of lying to protect a friend. The bonds of friendship as surpassed with Huck and Jim. In the end this classic novel is a part of history and culture that defines us as a country and of the type of people we are.

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