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Q: Why men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?

A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.

Q: Why ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?

A: This comes from the French word m’aidez –meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately, ‘mayday.’

Q: Why zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?

A: In France , where tennis became popular, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (mis)pronounced it ‘love.’

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Was Winnie the Pooh Written to Explain PTSD to a Boy?

Some may be aware of this, but I had no idea about A.A. Milne’s wartime service and the connection to these beloved stories.

Nicholas C. Rossis

In an interesting post by We Are The Mighty, Eric Milzarski theorizes that A. A. Milne, an English author and veteran of both World Wars, wrote Winnie the Pooh to explain the harsh reality of war to his own child when he penned the 1926 children’s classic.

As a young man,Alan Alexander Milne stood up for King and Country when it was announced that the United Kingdom had entered World War I. In 1915, he was commissioned as an officer member of the Royal Corps of Signals into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Soon after, he was sent to France to fight in the Battle of the Somme.

Somme Offensive | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books
World War 1. Somme Offensive. Scottish Highland regiment advancing under fire during the taking of Longueval, July 28, 1916.

The description, “Hell on Earth” is apt, but doesn’t come close to fully describing the carnage of what became the bloodiest battle…

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Profiles In Success

I was honored to be a guest on Gordon Bernhardt’s Profiles In Success podcast. Gordon has been interviewing leaders since 2010, highlighting their individual journeys and stories. Here is a short video answering his question about advice for other small business owners.

It was a pleasure to meet with such a seasoned professional and answer questions that made me think hard. We spoke about entrepreneurship, the Navy, horses, books, mentors, and life. I loved the title he chose after the interview: “Where Roads Less Traveled May Lead You.” Here are the links to the full podcast, and thanks to Gordon once again.

Believing In Horses Out West Released!

I released my third novel, Believing In Horses Out West, on Friday, and it’s been a whirlwind couple of days! This book takes young Sadie Navarro on an adventure to a Montana ranch to check on a horse she rescued. While there, she makes new friends, learns about ranch life, and encounters a mystery.

New York Times Bestselling Author of Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse, Robin Hutton, described the book as “A thrilling coming-of-age story filled with love, lessons, and finding one’s purpose in life…”

On book launch day, the book achieved an Amazon #1 New Release ranking!

The next day, the book debuted at Freedom Hill Horse Rescue’s Spirits & Steeds festival for a book signing where I had the chance to meet readers, volunteers, and tons of wonderful people who stopped by to talk about all three of my books.

Books are available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the Believing In Horses website, and retailers worldwide wherever you buy books. I greatly appreciate my readers and those who have encouraged me to keep on writing through the years; thank you for helping me reach this milestone!

Coming Soon – Believing In Horses Out West!

Cover of Believing In Horses Out West book

I’m excited to announce that Believing In Horses Out West will be published in October! This standalone novel in the Believing In Horses series takes our heroine on an adventure like she has never seen before. Want to know more?

Sadie Navarro rescued a mare from an auction accomplishing what she thought was the most important mission of her young life.

Now, that mare is headed to a ranch in Montana and a home Sadie knows nothing about.

She wants to make sure the horse is in good hands, but Montana is far away and a different world from Maryland.

Will fourteen-year-old Sadie need to stand up to rugged cowboys to protect her special rescue horse?

Details to follow, but the book will be available in paperback and eBook formats and distributed worldwide. I thank all my readers for their wonderful support of my first two books and hope you will enjoy the latest ride!

Actively Learn with “Believing In Horses, Too”

Educators from Actively Learn discovered Believing In Horses after the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test featured an excerpt of the book in its 2015 annual test in. Following discussions, Actively Learn decided to feature two excerpts from Believing In Horses, Too in their creative curriculum. Actively Lean uses a new approach to learning by providing free English Language Arts (ELA) and other content embedded with standards-aligned assignments to help students learn.

Tessa Polizzi, Actively Learn’s Senior Manager of Product & Content, identified the following assignment from Believing In Horses, Too, which thrilled me because it was one of my favorite chapters. She said:

“I started reading Believing in Horses, Too thinking that I’d look for an excerpt connected to Sadie and her dad, but then I came across the chapter “New Kid on the Block.” I love this one. It stands alone as a story pretty well on its own, connects to an experience that kids are familiar with (making a new friend), and touches on some of the hard situations that kids face in their lives.”

See the “New Kid on the Block” assignment to engage your learners!

Tessa also asked if she could develop a curriculum based on an excerpt for the “Bullies Don’t Rule” chapter, another one of my favorites. I think they did a great job on this lesson, too!

I hope these might be additional help to those homeschooling or to introduce young readers to a new and fun way of learning. And thank you to Actively Learning and Tessa for bringing these stories to more readers.

11 Reasons Why You Should Submit Your Short Stories to Anthologies – By Rayne Hall…

Tips on why to write for anthologies, thanks to Rayne Hall.

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on Fiction University:

Submitting a short story to an anthology has a lot of benefits.

Getting short stories published in anthologies (collections of stories by multiple authors) can be a big stepping stone in your fiction writing career.

Here are the reasons why you should try:

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MOTION DURING DIALOG

Good thoughts.

Story Empire

Hi SEers! Denise here to discuss what happens when people talk to each other and how to apply that to writing.

Have you ever watched people talk? Do they sit and speak without moving or any expression? In my family, I’m surrounded by Italians. Hands are always flying around during conversations. I know who not to sit next to during a meal if knives are being used. It’s dangerous!

Besides hands, heads are moving, faces change expression, bodies are constantly in motion, and tone shifts can take the spoken level from high to low. The speaker’s mood comes out in not only their words but their body language.

Yet, when I first write a dialog for a story, I only put the conversation. I barely tag who’s talking. Later, when I’ve completed the story, I go back and add all the movement that accompanies the words.

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Book Publishing Cost Calculator: What you can expect to spend for Writing, Publishing, and Promoting your book – by Stephanie Chandler…

This is a good, comprehensive list of potential costs one may incur when publishing a book…but don’t let it scare you off! 🙂

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on NonFiction Authors Association:

One of my closest friends is embarking on writing her first book and she asked if I could help her estimate costs for her publishing journey.

It occurred to me that we should have a costs calculator for publishing expenses, which I have compiled for you below.

While there are exceptions to every rule, included here are typical price ranges for various book publishing services.

Keep in mind that there are inexpensive freelance directories like Fiverr which can be useful for simple projects like having social media headers designed.

Just be careful when hiring freelancers for professional-level work like book covers and publishing services. You have little control over the unauthorized sharing of your work in other countries, potential copyright infringement, and other headaches that come from hiring inexpensive overseas labor.

It is recommended to invest in experienced designers and publishing industry professionals when possible.

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