Posts Tagged With: writing

AR (Accelerated Reader) Quiz is Up and Running!

AR (Accelerated Reader) Quiz is Up and Running!.

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It’s Here!!!!

Some of you have inquired about my book series; it is Called The Dragon Birthmark Series. I write middle-grade fantasy fiction that has a strong family thread. Book One is called The Dragon Birthmark: World in the Shadows published in September 2012 and Book Two is called Threats of Tartarus, which is out now. They are available on Amazon.com you can either search Jennifer Phillips Russo or the titles themselves. I have included a link to Book One for you and thank you so much for supporting my journey. I would love to hear what you think.

About The Author

Book Two of the Dragon Birthmark Series, Threats of Tartarus, continues our journey with The Adrastai warriors. Author Jennifer Phillips Russo held a student artwork contest for her second book of “The Dragon Birthmark” series. This challenge promoted visual literacy and confidence, as well as provided student artists with the opportunity to have their personal artwork published at no cost to them, if chosen.

“Threats of Tartarus”, Book Two of “The Dragon Birthmark Series, follows the story of an 11-year-old boy’s journey to self-identity through a fantastic adventure, speckled with legend and lore, and offering a few great lessons and themes throughout the story.  “‘The Dragon Birthmark: World in the Shadows’ is an entertaining, thought-provoking book that takes the reader into the world of imagination and fantasy through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy,” said Amy Piper, Fredonia Elementary School Principal.

Russo, a local resident of Fredonia, possesses an insatiable desire to spark imagination and creativity in her readers, she created the art contest for students across the state and nation.  She believes that imagination sparks innovation, and our world could use some innovative thinkers.  This contest provided the opportunity to sketch characters or scenes from the second book, which the chosen winners are featured and published in this book. All middle and high school students were eligible to enter the contest.

Students were able to submit their artwork pieces through the novel’s website. An online gallery is also available through the website, which gave contestants the chance to see examples of artwork that other students have created and submitted. A description of the characters to be sketched was provided at http://www.TheDragonBirthmark.com, as well as detailed rules and entry guidelines for this free contest.

Book One  Cover of Book One

Book Two  book two front cover

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Dragon Eggs Found?

Dragon Eggs Found?  I knew it all along.  😉

 

http://www.kuriositas.com/2013/08/the-mysterious-moeraki-boulders.html.

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Enjoy the Journey

If you are passionate about something, pursue it. Life is fleeting and too short for shoulda, woulda, coulda’s. Believe in yourself even if others do not, because ultimately, only you are responsible for your happiness. If you do not believe in yourself, then the journey will be filled with doubt and angst, but valuing your own self worth and recognizing that your are exactly where you are supposed to be in life, either to learn from your situation or so someone else can learn from you. I never set out to be a writer, but my collective life’s experiences have enriched my writing and I am a better person for expanding my horizons, learning other cultures, and gaining a respect for all living beings. I have tried new things and I have succeeded in some and failed at others, but in hindsight, every step or stumble has taught me something. I believe in myself and look forward to the rest of this Journey called Life. I vow to keep my heart and mind open and will appreciate every chance I get to inhale and exhale deeply. Go out and enrich your lives, and remember to always enjoy the process.

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ARTWORK CONTEST DEADLINE IS TODAY!!!!!

Attention Student Artists!

Today is the Day!  The final day to submit your artwork for Book 2 of The Dragon Birthmark Series is Today!  This is a chance to receive Illustration Credit for your artwork if chosen as the winning chapter sketch!  There are 22 Different Opportunities to choose from, create as many as you wish and email them to me at jprusso@achenepress.com  I am so excited to see what you all have worked on.  Thank you so much for sharing your talents with me.  I hope you have a Creatively Fantastic Day!

All My Best,

Jennifer Phillips Russo

 

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Never Stop Using Your Imagination

Why is it Important to Read, Play, and Create?  I would love to hear your response to this question.  To me the answer is simple, Imagination.  Imagination leads to Innovation.  We wouldn’t have any Apple products if Steve Jobs didn’t ever wonder during his calligraphy class, or what if Walter Elias Disney never experimented with combining his love for drawing and photography.  Imagine if Wilbur and Orville Wright never laid in the grass, staring at the sky and wondering if humans could ever fly like the birds.

In my opinion, our world needs innovative minds to move our cultures forward in a productive and enjoyable way.  I believe that comes from observing the world around you, experimenting different cultures and environments, meeting new people and seeing life through their eyes in an accepting, not criticizing, manner.  We need to celebrate and enjoy our differences that enrich our lives.  Innovation is a product of reading!

Different cultures, situations and experiences can all come from the pages of a book, allowing us access to information or emotions we are not exposed to in our everyday lives.  Playing and creating can all stem from reading an amazing adventure inside a book.  It is a jumping off point for the experiences you take may in your own life. Our imagination is stimulated by reading and can inspire creation!  Imagination leads to Innovation.    Turn your life upside down today, think out of the box and question everything!  What would life be like if you were only two inches tall?  Conversely, what if you were twenty-two feet tall?  What if you could only talk in gibberish, how would you communicate?  Immerse yourself in something new and different today.

Have fun imagining and enjoy the Adventure!

 

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Thank You Dunkirk’s School #3 for inviting me to your Community Read Program today!

Thank you to Dunkirk’s School #3 for inviting me to your Community Read Program today!  I was so excited to share with your students and had a wonderful time!  What a great program that reflects the teacher’s zest for reading!  All of the students were engaging and had wonderful questions and suggestions.  I will definitely be back next year!!!

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Thank You Dunkirk High School Design Class!!!

Thank you so much to Dunkirk High School‘s design class teacher, Jodie Korzenski, and her talented students for asking me to come in and talk to them about the Artwork Contest and my journey!!!  I was truly impressed with the creations and cannot wait to see the final submissions!  Keep Creating and Moving Forward!

 

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Happy October!

Happy October!

This morning the air is crisp and tinged with the smell of fallen leaves.  It makes me want to curl up with my laptop and write.  Book two has swirled around my brain for some time now, and it is time to pen it down.  I hope you all are as excited as I am.

I would love to hear from any readers of the first book, The Dragon Birthmark: World in the Shadows. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the second book, please post below.  Think outside of the box. What sort of magical or enchanted whimsy can you dream up?  Where should this adventure take our friends this time?  What sort of danger lurks in the shadows?

Happy Creating Everyone!

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