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Spearfinger, a witch, terrorizes the Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains. No one can stop her. A little boy named Chucha battles her. Can he discover her secrets? Can he put an end to her rampages? Bilingual Cherokee/English picture book paperback: ISBN 978-1-940310-56-5: $14.99. Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-940310-57-2; $21.99. 4RV Publishing

Contains 60 pages of full-color illustrations and text in English and Cherokee. Spearfinger can be found at http://4rvpublishingcatalog.com, other online bookstores, and through brick and mortar bookstores.

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Spearfinger, a witch, terrorizes the Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains. No one can stop her. A little boy named Chucha battles her. Can he discover her secrets? Can he put an end to her rampages? Bilingual Cherokee/English picture book in paperback: ISBN 978-1-940310-56-5: $14.99 http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/charles-suddeth.php

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Spearfinger, 4RV Publishing, Cherokee/English bilingual picture book

Spearfinger, a witch, terrorizes the Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains. No one can stop her. A little boy named Chucha battles her. Can he discover her secrets? Can he put an end to her rampages?

Release date TBA.

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I am working with an Acquisition Editor from 4RV Publishing concerning my picture book, Booger Dancer. A Cherokee boy wants to be a booger dancer like the grownups, so he puts a booger mask on and sneaks into the dance. But Dad catches him. Booger is an old word meaning ghost/evil spirit. (many people drop the R and call them boogie men).spearfinger-cover-test-draft

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Super Moon!

Monday November 14th is a Super Moon, the biggest Full Moon since 1948. We’re doomed! It is also called the Mourning Moon. To mourn, something bad must happen, so you have been warned. The Cherokees call it ᏅᏓ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎭ Nvda Ganohalidoha, Hunting Moon. Hunting whom?

http://www.space.com/34515-supermoon-guide.html

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Editing ideas

Some ways to spice up your writing:

Rhetorical devices

Alliteration – the recurrence of initial consonant sounds – baby buggy bumpers

Allusion – a reference to an event, literary work or person – I can’t do that because I am not Superman.

Amplification – repeats a word or expression for emphasis – Love, real love, takes time.

Analogy – compares two different things that have some similar characteristics – He is flaky as a snowstorm.

Anaphora – repeats a word or phrase in successive phrases (often in three’s) – “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?” (Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare)

Antanagoge – places a criticism and compliment together to lessen the impact – The car is not pretty but it runs great.

Antimetabole – repeats words or phrases in reverse order – “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” (J F Kennedy)

Antiphrasis – uses a word with an opposite meaning – The Chihuahua was named Goliath.

Antithesis – makes a connection between two things that are otherwise dissimilar – “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” (Neil Armstrong)

Appositive – places a noun or phrase next to another noun for descriptive purposes – Mary, queen of the land, hosted the ball.

Assonance – the repetition of vowels to create internal rhymes – “That solitude which suits abstruser musings” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) in “Frost at Midnight”

Consonance – the repetition of consonants that are close together – animals named Sam are clammy

Enumeratio – makes a point with details – Renovation included a spa, tennis court, pool and lounge.

Epanalepsis – repeats something from the beginning of a sentence at the end – My ears heard what you said but I couldn’t believe my ears.

Epithet – using an adjective or adjective phrase to describe – mesmerizing eyes

Epizeuxis – repeats one word for emphasis (similar to anaphora) – The amusement park was fun, fun, fun.

Hyperbole – an exaggeration – I have done this a thousand times.

Litotes – makes an understatement by denying the opposite of a word that may have been used – The terms of the contract are not disagreeable to me.

Metanoia – corrects or qualifies a statement – You are the most beautiful woman in this town, nay the entire world.

Metaphor – compares two things by stating one is the other (i.e. using one in place of the other) – The eyes are the windows of the soul.

Metonymy – a metaphor where something being compared is referred to by something closely associated with it – The knights are loyal to the crown. (crown is stand in for king)

Onomatopoeia – words that imitate the sound they describe – plunk, whiz, pop

Oxymoron – a two-word paradox – near miss, seriously funny

Parallelism – uses words or phrases with a similar structure – I went to the store, parked the car and bought a pizza.

Rhyme – familiar to everyone but it comes in countless variations

Feminine rhyme – the line ends in an unstressed syllable

Masculine rhyme – the line ends in a stressed syllable

Near rhyme (semi-rhyme) – weak, forced, or imperfect rhymes (bend, ending) (one, thumb)

Slant rhyme (half rhyme) – matching final consonants (bent, ant)

Personification – speaking of inanimate objects as if they are alive- Purple wildflowers demanded space among the rocks.

Sibilance – consonance that uses sibilants (S, Sh, Z) – Zack’s uncertain, sad milkshake

Simile – compares one object to another – He smokes like a chimney.

Understatement – makes an idea less important that it really is – The hurricane disrupted traffic.

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Looking for an MG Agent

Hello agents: When Tsatsi and his sister get lost during the 1838 Trail of Tears, he fights Stone Man, a Cherokee monster. My great-great grandfather was a Cherokee whose family escaped and went north during the Trail of Tears. He died long before I was born, but I was privileged to meet his youngest son.

Mini-synopsis: After Twelve-year-old Tsatsi and his sister separate from their family during the Trail of Tears, a giant named Stone Man drags her to his lair. Tsatsi fights him, dodges renegades, and hides from soldiers, so he and his sister can reunite with their family in the Smoky Mountains. At 45,000 words, Stone Man’s Lair is an edited and completed middle-reader historical adventure. The background is authentic, and I have found no children’s books dealing with this aspect of the Trail of Tears.

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