Happy Maryland Day!

Celebrate Maryland Day with Olly the Oyster and Mallory the Forgetful Duck, children’s books about sea life along the Chesapeake Bay.

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Happy National Bird Day!

Celebrate National Bird Day with Mallory the Forgetful Duck, an educational story about five mama birds and their nests, including a Great Blue Heron, an Osprey, an Oystercatcher, a Canada Goose and a very forgetful Mallard Duck.


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How to Add Red Herrings to your Story

Red herrings are elements in your story that lead the protagonist in the wrong direction of reaching his or her goals. If you’ve ever read mystery novels like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple or Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, you know the value of red herrings. They help to add tension and conflict to a story.

Mysteries aren’t the only genre where red herrings are important, however. Most stories (if not all) have red herrings, in every genre. They are part of the journey that the main character goes through in order to reach his/her goals. They are distractions that waylay the main character and help him/her to figure out what is important.

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