Cilantro and Coriander: A Home Gardener’s Guide

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Known for their leaves, seeds, and unique aroma, cilantro, and coriander can bring your garden and meals to life! Tracing back to almost 5000 BC, cilantro leaves and coriander seeds are one of the oldest herbs and spices in the world, thus making it one of the most diverse herbs and spices to produce and utilize, especially within your garden or in your food! This home gardeners guide is bursting with straightforward information that makes growing, using, and preserving cilantro and coriander enjoyable and trouble-free, so anyone can get the full potential of this infamous herb and spice all year round. From gardeners to herb enthusiasts, even for everyone in between, this practical guide will provide all its readers with a green thumb help with cultivating and maintaining a thriving and fragrant garden of cilantro and coriander, whether indoors or outdoors!

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Growing Zucchini And Summer Squash: A Home Gardener’s Guide

Thinking about growing some zucchini and summer squash and are not sure where to get started, well, this book will get you on our way. This concise gardening guide provides the essentials any home gardener will need to grow zucchini and summer squash at home for their tables regardless of how large or small garden patch is or if it just a tiny container garden.  This guide covers topics such which quash to choose, garden considerations, and how to handle the more common pitfalls and problems of growing Zucchini and Summer Squash.

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The Best Length For A Children’s Book, By Age Group

Not all children are created equally. As an author targeting your writing to kids doesn’t automatically mean that your book should be 100 pages or less. In fact, children will develop incrementally by age group. Therefore, your writing has to mimic their attention span. It’s important to bear in mind that a three-year-old will need more pictures and visual aids than a 14-year old child.

So, what’s the appropriate length and topic to choose when writing a children’s book? Consider this as a short guide for the best children’s book-length by age.

Babies, Toddlers, And Preschoolers (aged 0-5)

Books for Babies, Toddlers And preschool children, ages 0-5, in most cases, these ages will be guided reads focusing on associating the concept of words to objects through pictures and will be comprised of more pictures and visual aids than they will words and pages.

Books For Babies

For babies, books should be 0-300 words is a guideline. In this age group will be entirely a guided experience and almost entirely visual and auditory.

Books For Toddlers

For toddlers, 1-500 words is a guideline. In this age group will still be mostly a guided experience and still be largely visual and auditory, although these readers

Books For Preschool Children

For preschooler children, a book of up to 1,000 words is appropriate in some cases.  These readers will be steadily becoming come more independent, but may still need or want a guided experience and enjoy pictures which have a meaningful context to the words.

Young Readers (children ages 5 to 7)

The young, or early reader category, will encompass children ages 5 to 7. These books are a notch above the picture book category. Think of this category as a group of children who are just starting to read when creating content to publish.

Short books will contain illustrations. However, authors can delve into the content a little more with word count, as opposed to strictly focusing on the visual aspect. For most books in this category, a range of 3,000 to 5,000 words is appropriate. Sticking closer to the 3,000 to 4,000 range is a good point of reference for writers to focus on. This ensures it won’t exhaust the readers but will still provide sufficient detail in the content to pique their interest and read on.

Book by Chapter ages of 6 to 10

In this category, you’re writing books that are written with multiple chapters. Children who are reading these books typically fall between the ages of 6 to 10. When creating these books, a good word count range is anything below 10,000 words. Most chapter books will fall between 7,000 to 10,000 words.

Tweens and Young Teens Readers

When children reach middle school, they’re more focused and more interested in reading content than simply looking at images. Therefore, writers can focus on creating more in-depth books and a more creative writing style.

For tween readers who fall between the ages of 9 to 12, books can reach a word count of up to 60,000 with some publishers. It’s best to avoid hitting the pinnacle in word count, and instead, focus on the quality of the content being published. A good range for these books is 35,000 to 50,000 for most books.

For the young teen, books can hit a word count of close to 100,000 words. The readers in this age bracket are between 12 to 15 years of age and have a greater attention span and can comprehend more words/ideas they couldn’t at a younger age. Books for young teens will typically fall between 60,000 to 100,000 words on the higher end.

The Young Adult Readers

Sci-fi, supernatural, non-fiction, and other topics might reach a word count of 90,000 to 100,000 words. Readers in this category are aged 15 and up to adults. Depending on the genre of books in this category, the word count can fluctuate greatly, so authors must consider their reader, and the reader’s attention span, in creating books for the young adult reader.

In some cases, publishers may have their rules in place as to the best children’s book-length by age, and this will also dictate the length and material density of a book. If you are working with a publisher. It’s best to check before starting to determine the right length for desire age group before starting the writing process.

The best children’s book-length by page will vary for each author. Furthermore, the genre, the direction the book is taking (educational vs. informational vs. non-fiction, etc.) can also impact the word length for a children’s book. So, before you start writing, make sure you have an idea in place as to who your audience is, what their attention span is, and what will pique their interest for the duration of the book, to ensure they’ll get through it.

There’s no clear-cut guide which dictates just how many words to include when writing a book for children. When in doubt, authors should speak to a publisher to see if there are minimum/maximum counts in place. Better to be cautious and work towards the lower to mid-range, rather than overdo it and fluctuate, word count, which can result in losing the reader’s attention.

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Reblogging, why do it?

Re-blogging is one of those capabilities which I’ve known about for a long time but just never got around to seeing the value of. However, recently I have started using it and sit in seeing the value of it in terms of solving some particular circumstances. This not hard to do particularly if you’re using WordPress, which does most of the heavy lifting when you reblog.

In my case, re-blogging has made it possible for me to write content once and publish it to one of my other blogs when that content happens to cross boundaries between the subjects of both blogs. This re-blogging approach is really nice because it allows me to write the article once and perhaps been a little more time on it, and then use it in more than one place which for me has always been a bit of a dilemma across my multiple blogs.

Another nice aspect of re-blogging is that if someone chooses to view your post on that re-blog site, then the re-blog post serves as a pastor will send them to the originating site.

The word press re-blogging button and process also takes care of etiquette features of giving credit to the originating site, as well. Which is great if you’re reposting someone else’s content from within WordPress.

What is re-blogging?

Re-blogging really is a method of sharing or pushing content through re-publishing directly to a different blog site. Within WordPress, it might be another blog which you own, or it could be sharing the content that someone else published that you think is valuable to your readers.

How to reblog?

Re-blogging with WordPress is relatively easy, once you get used to the interface, which I find a little confusing. Assuming you have enabled reblogging on your blog site then, basically, re-blogging involves the steps of re-blogging your own content:

  • First, write and publish your blog.
  • Then, got the WordPress Reader, click the visit icon
  • Next, find the “Reblog” button, which is generally located near your “like” button in the Sharing section of your page.
  • In the reblogging dialog window, choose the “Post To” site name to which you want to republish / reblog the post, Add a note if desired, and press the “Reblog Post”.

Other Benefits of Relogging

Drives Trick To The Originating Blog site

Another nice aspect of re-blogging is that if someone chooses to view your post on that re-blog site, then the re-blog post serves as a pastor will send them to the originating site.

Relogging Etiquette

The word press re-blogging button and process also takes care of etiquette features of giving credit to the originating site, as well. Which is great if you’re reposting someone else’s content from within WordPress.

Fantasy Subgenres

Fantasy Subgenres
Fantasy Subgenres

Science-Fiction and Fantasy are substantially different categories. Characteristics of fantasy and science fiction often overlap and the precise classification of a given work is subject to debate among some fans and writers. Both fantasy and science fiction of genres are usually shelved together in bookstores and libraries, because of their readerships’ and authors tend to overlap somewhat. Science-Fiction and Fantasy writer sometimes choose to wear two hats and writ some of both.

The term ‘fantasy,’ when regarded as part of a particular genre, generally brings to mind tales of dragons and castles and knights and the great quest. Truthfully, the fantasy genre is much broader and Fantasy sub-genres may include these and others:

• The Quest
• Arthurian Fantasy
• Comic Fantasy
• Dark Fantasy
• Fairy Tales
• Mythology
• Heroic Fantasy
• High Fantasy
• Magic Realism
• Modern Fantasy
• Mystery Fantasy
• Speculative Fantasy
• Romance Fantasy
• Sword and Sorcery
• Good Versus Evil

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Most Popular Themes in Science Fiction Writing

Science Fiction
Science Fiction

As an aspiring writer in the science fiction genre, you are presented with limitless possibilities. However, while there are so many themes that you could write on, there are some popular themes have repeatedly proven to be the most successful. Given that there are potentially hundreds of themes to choose from, I have compiled ten of the most popular science fiction themes found in modern science fiction.

End of Humanity

Sometimes referred to as post-apocalyptic or apocalyptic fiction, this genre is set in a world in which the technological civilization of the Planet Earth is collapsing either due to manmade or natural phenomenon such as depletion of resources or a nuclear holocaust, fictional happenings such as an alien invasion or zombie apocalypse, or an eschatological happening such as the Second Coming.

Life Extension

The desire to achieve immortality is a popular theme in science fiction. The major themes typically involve aspects of mind uploading where one uploads their consciousness into a computer or digital equivalent; Digital immortality where the person’s personality is uploaded on digital media including their thoughts and memories, which continue to live in perpetuity; and cryonics where a dead person is preserved until human technology develops to the point of bringing them back to life.

Alien Invasion

Alien invasion is one of the oldest themes that has been a favorite of science fiction fans. Alien invasion typically involves the visit of extraterrestrials to Earth usually in the form of an invasion that is intended to supplant or exterminate human life. This could take the form of stealing of resources, enslavement of the human population, or in some instances the destruction of the planet.

Parallel Universe

One of the most popular sub-genres particularly in literary science fiction. A parallel universe refers to a different world where an alternate reality that may or may not be a variant of the Earth exists. Such universes may have some differences from our current reality such as having different laws of physics or biology. The parallel universe is thus a crossroads between the planet Earth and a fantasy world.

Bodily Transformation

This theme refers to several subgenres that may include genetic engineering, cloning, and biohacking. Genetic engineering themes tend to involve the creation of a super race of humans through technologies such as brain-computer interfacing, nanotechnology, and eugenics. From the opposing direction, is biohacking, in which individual person transform their bodies by introducing chemicals or cybernetic devices. Prosthetics or the use of robotics for enhanced bodily function also falls in this category

Super Powers

While closely related to bodily transformation this is a different subgenre of science fiction. The acquisition of superpowers typically encompasses aspects of teleportation, psychic phenomena, and enhanced mental function. Teleportation is the ability to transport persons or objects from one location to another without necessarily making use of the physical space between them. Psychic phenomena may include persons who have telekinetic, telepathic, precognitive and clairvoyant abilities. An enhanced mental function may include mind uploading, higher memory, mind-swap, and mind control abilities.

Time Travel

Time travel is one of the original and most popular themes popularized by novels such as “The Time Machine” by HG Wells. As a science fiction theme, it involves the movement of persons or objects between two points in space that typically has one going back to an earlier era or going forward to a future era. For instance, one could travel back in time to the Roman first century AD or go forward in time to the technologically driven world of 2100.

Military Conflicts

Military conflict is a common trope in many modern science fiction movies and literature. This will typically involve interstellar travel and combat in space between armies of antagonists from different planets or galaxies. These types of conflicts normally make use of exotic and strange weapons though some weapons used in science fiction have found use in conventional militaries.

Galactic Empires

Ever since science fiction franchise “Star Trek” became a mass phenomenon and gained acceptance even out of the science fiction community, the theme of Galactic Empires in science fiction has grown in leaps and bounds. The writing of this theme is modeled along the lines of the decline or rise of an empire that has significant technological advancement as compared to human civilizations or other civilizations in its vicinity. Given the differences in technology, social and economic advancement, there is tension between empires which usually results in conflict.

As an aspiring writer, you could write in any of the science fiction overarching themes we have discussed and been relatively successful. Nonetheless, you can always dig deeper into the subgenres of science fiction and still find success as long as you can write something that captures the imagination of the reader. This is by no means a complete listing of all the overarching themes, but rather an exposition of the most popular ones that I have found to have a higher probability of success with audiences.

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