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The months of October and November flew by and December is threatening to do likewise. Before it does, I wanted to touch base with you. I attended the RMC-SCBWI Fall Conference in Golden, Colorado. It was tremendous (no surprise). One special follow-up from the conference is that one of our speakers, Cheryl Klein, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, gave me her talk so I could make an eBook out of it. We've posted Rules of Engagement: How to Get (and Keep!) A Reader Involved in Your Novel to the site and are offering the eBook as a free resource to writers. We've automated the download process as within days of posting to the site we received over 300 requests for it! This little gem will help both published and yet-to-be-published writers take their careers to the next level.
There's still time for you to submit your favorite holiday titles and traditions. We've received and posted several submissions and would love to receive even more for our Holiday Favorites section of the site. From singing mice to the power of family dinner times to an eBook by Cheryl Klein, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, to a new book on what it really takes to find satisfaction in life we've posted some good resources. Here's the December 2005 CCF Bulletin with news and information recently posted to the CCF site:
NEW TO THE CCF SITE:
REVISIT OLD FRIENDS: View some of our favorite articles posted over the years.
- Wild About Harry: A 1999 TIME cover story - amazon.com is offering a free download of a very interesting TIME Magazine 1999 cover story by Paul Gray. This is a PDF file you'll be able to download and save to your computer. Enjoy!
- Check Yourself - We came across the www.checkyourself.org site after seeing advertisements for it on TV. It's a good "mirror" to look into. There are short quizzes one can take related to alcohol, marijuana and other drug uses and the answer, based on your responses, comes back as you soon as you click the submit button.
- December Holidays Can Teach Kids About Giving - Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa's gift giving times can be used to teach kids about altruism. This article provides good suggestions and also links to kids' Christmas parties and projects as well as kids' Hanukkah crafts and projects. An article with year-round advice by Kimberly L. Keith of about.com.
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Olgy Gary, M.A., CCF's General Manager
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