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I do have to say that I am as excited as my young kids that school is starting again. The smell of crayons, glue, new pencils, erasers and fresh paper has me all bubbly inside. With the new classes comes new challenges of meeting higher expectations. For some students the challenge is taken head on. But for others the mountain top looks unreachable. So how do you prepare students for the new school year?Sorry I am not giving out any answers to this dilemma because for everyone who is a parent knows that people deal with problems differently and not one answer is always right. So good luck to all the parents out there and bring on the quiet house!

Backpack

With a quiet house comes many hours of great writing.  Sitting at my desk uninterrupted writing and reading will be heaven.  Some authors say they write with any kind of distractions but silence is my best friend.  If the silence becomes a little much I turn on my play list.  I love to play my music list on iTunes and get carried away in a story.

How do you like to get lost in your writing?

iTunes Showtime

iTunes Showtime (Photo credit: ☃)

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It has been a while since I checked my blog because I am on vacation.  So everything except reading has taken a back seat.  But lo and behold, wouldn’t you know it that my spam box was chuck full.  How do you keep comments on your blog from becoming over run with spam?  No clue.  One, there is real no solution to keep spam from sneaking into your inbox.  And two, some comments accidently are sent to the spam box without your knowledge unless you check so you can not just delete them all.  It is a conundrum.

When I do return I hope to start writing my new middle grade book.  It is inspired by a young pre-teen girl, (She knows who she is!)  and it is a comedy.  For those who do not read children’s books some of the best middle grade humor series published within the last few years have been, “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid“, and “The Dork Diaries“.  I hope to be numbered among these one day.  There are a lot of dystopia, fantasy and historical fictional books out there.  Not a lot of humorous books.   So my summer will consist of reading a list of books from New York Times Best Sellers in children’s middle grade and YA.  I have already read a few on the list and plan to tackle many more.  Hot summer days and a good book.  Who could ask for anything more?

Cover of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

Book cover for Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-...

Book cover for Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Popular Party Girl (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Here is a letter I wrote to the NY Times editor:

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
letters@nytimes.com

To the editor:

It was nice to see in the newspaper an article about small businesses. The article (Small Businesses Still Struggle, and That’s Impeding a Recovery, 2/13/13) was objective and informative. As a small business owner it is nice to gain some perspectives about where the economy is headed.

At one point you make the comment big companies are benefiting from being overseas while smaller businesses are “tied to the leaden domestic economy”. That is a fact we have seen since the Clinton administration. The tax laws benefit bigger companies more than smaller ones. There wasn’t enough information in the article about a solution to this problem.

Until the economy is on the right track we will see more and more small businesses close down. The only solution is to give tax breaks and benefits to small business owners. Any kind of incentive to stay in business in our country is good for the economy.

Sincerely,

Jessica Wilson

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/business/smallbusiness/small-businesses-struggle-impeding-a-recovery.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&ref=smallbusiness

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In John Grisham‘s novel “The Litigators” he takes the dark world of lawyers and brings some light to it.  While reading other Grisham novels, they all feel the same, but this one stands above the rest.
It starts with the main character, David Zinc who finds himself suffocating at the law firm he works for.  He arrives at work one day and immediately leaves.   David discovers himself drunk at a bar when he hears a wreck down the road.  He notices some lawyers running to the scene and then fighting over the victim.  This somehow gives him the inspiration to switch to a small boutique of ambulance chasers.
At Finley and Figg, David sees that Oscar Finley is ready to retire and just counting the days and Wally Figg seems to find the most unlikely cases.  They handle everything from divorces to estate settlements.  The two lawyers “fight like a married couple” or two drama queens.  The secretary they have in the office and the dog, who barks when an ambulance is coming, add humor at all the right moments.
David left a huge law firm where they made millions.  But he worked more than 70 hours a week.  With no time for his new wife and a job where he was drowning he felt that F&F was the answer he was looking for.
Money is running low and now all three lawyers are feeling the pinch.  Until Figg discovers a class-act against a drug company.  He talks his partners into signing up and taking on cases in the Chicago area.  The drug company they are up against doesn’t play nice though.  The other class acts in Florida and other areas drop out when they hear about stipulations against the lawyers.  Now with Finley in the hospital and Figg on a bender it is all left up to David. When some say they have a hero most people think of superheroes not lawyers.  David Zinc was a hero that day.  He opened a door which led him to present evidence that the defense could not dispute.  Even though they lost the case, David had made a name for himself.  With their first litigation case behind them and Finley saying he is retiring now, David announces that he has another litigation case against a toy manufacturer.  The toy company though doesn’t want the publicity of the damage the toy caused to a young boy.  So they settled out of court with David and the family.  The heartbreaking thing was that the boy died days before the papers were filed.  The President of the toy company amazingly said he didn’t want anything to change and would still give them the money.  It is nice to see in a novel the bad guy do the right thing for once.  This small family went through so much and David had promised them that even if they didn’t win he would still help them with medical bills.  David and his wife later had a baby and named him after the boy who died.  David expanded his law firm and has no problem litigating cases.

Grisham uses a lot of lawyer jargon but doesn’t dumb it down to help you understand.  Readers of all levels can read this novel without feeling that they were talked down to.  The story is believable enough to be a non-fiction novel.  Something that could be seen in the news or read about is drugs that have class-act law suits against them.  Grisham’s characters were not over the top or too dramatic either.  At first I thought there was no way a lawyer would leave a big law firm where there are company perks like cars, vacation pay and a fixed salary.  After reading David’s problems about working more than 70 hours a week and having no time with his wife you start to understand why he snapped one day.

This novel brought tears and laughter, which makes it to the top of my list.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/360371749

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