Writing Scary Chapters and other recent articles by #idahoauthor @MerriHalma

557163_362633403782039_1963322377_nEXCERPT: “My son read chapter three of the sequel I’m working on. I wanted him to tell me if it was scary and if not, how t fix it. Since I will be publishing this book, when it is finished, I won’t post it here, but will just describe what I have so far. My Arimaspain king, Titus, is visited by a strange Raven, who tells him to disregard the Creator of All Worlds and the crow judge of the land, because they have forgotten him. The Raven touches his forehead (King Titus’ race, the Arimaspains, are Cyclops) , putting him in shadow land.”

Read the full story: http://www.bubblews.com/news/2375713-writing-scary-chapters

Who is Merri Halma?


Merri grew up in Sunnyside, Washington. She has always had an active imagination and wanted to be a published writer from age eleven to twelve. She lives in Nampa, Idaho with her husband, their son and two cats.

Description of her book: Indigo Traveler
War was brewing in the world of Curá. The Arimaspian King Titus wanted the humans under his leadership. He wanted the wealth and the control of the dragon. King Titus disregarded the legends of the two hearts that the dragons gave to his ancestor, another given to a prince of the human kingdom. He also did not believe the Crow Judges would punish him.
Connor, the crow judge assigned to Curá,  shook his head as he observed the thoughts of the king. He flew to the crow court to join the hearing of the case to determine what to do. The verdict was to take the all-white griffin, to a small town in the world called Nampa and give him to the Indigo Traveler, Alexander Veh. Nampa was in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Indigo Traveler, when he would return to Curá with the griffin, would be given the three blades of the dragon blood.
Favorite Books

To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind, the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, The Harry Potter Series, and all books by Rick Riordan and the Hunger Games Series. There are many more.

Other recent articles by the author:

Three Doors

I felt lost and alone as I walked down a path that had opened into a clearing. As I walked, thoughts of my life swirled around at times, pounding hard,…

i Write to Write Not to Get a Quota

What makes you write? What inspires you to write? Is the money? or is it to really just to air your thoughts and allow others to comment on them if they…

Shadow Land

The forest is dark and grey, full of noises, hooting owls and snapping twigs, though you cannot see what is that is following you. You walk alone, eager…

Med Free Bipolar by Aspen Morrow @aspenleaf Promises to be a Groundbreaking Book!

1471357_569433466444409_966001764_nWhat does it really mean to LIVE med free?

Does it mean crazy highs and dark lows, a moody personality that destroys everyone around you?


It also does not mean living out of control, giving into your moods, or burdening others so that you can have your euphoric ‘highs’. It means living a life where if you did not choose to share your diagnosis, no one would know.

It means living in a waythat you can enjoy the personality that you have been given without feeling deadened, out of control, or hopeless; in other words, “normal”, but better somehow. Because I think being bipolar does make you a little exceptional (if you disagree, that is another day topic). Could you imagine? No shame, no doctors, no med management, no blood tests, no hospitals, no out-of-control symptoms, and NO SIDE EFFECTS!!!

Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/MedFreeBipolar



Of Books, Children, and Parents


Few activities create a warmer relationship between child and grown-up than reading aloud. A child finds it very pleasing to be read to and to have the undivided attention of an adult. When an adult reads aloud to a child, he soon understands what delight and joy it gives the child. And if the adult is completely honest, he will admit he enjoys it just as much himself. Perhaps this is the first reason why parents should be concerned about their child’s reading experiences.

Reading is not an antidote for thwarting social illness. It is not a tool with which to conquer space. It is not a thing we do to children. A child needs to be plunged into the world of literature in order to experience sound, emotion, and self. There is a certain urgency in young parents cuddling their children in the first year of life and sharing with them the cadence of Mother Goose rhymes, the rhythm of simple poetry, and the vigor of prose. To what end? Surely not to give them instruction.

It is true that the experience of hearing good literature, of seeing one’s parents read, of participating in family-in-the-round creative dramatic activities based on “Henny-Penny” or “Jack Be Nimble” will go a long way toward giving children a head start in learning to read.

But the primary purpose of reading to your child early in his life is not to provide quantities of anything for his future learning; rather, it is to insure a quality experience in your earliest parent-child relationships. The fact that he will be preparing himself for the later discipline of having to read is secondary. Reading experiences for children in the first three years of their lives must not be for instructive purposes; they should be for the opportunity of mother, father, and child’s sharing time, sound, and delight with one another.