Hi. My name is Ken. I'm a member of SCBWI. I'm your tour guide into Brianwoods, a blog dedicated to my children's writing endeavors. Thanks for stopping by.

Just for a minute, close your eyes and imagine you're walking along a forest trail. Listen to the forest animals, as they call out to greet you. Welcome to Brianwoods!

This blog includes some of my other writing and details on my published materials.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Last Leaf

I have been tweaking my rhyming PB story for a while now. It started off as a ms for the Highlights for Children Fiction Contest a long time ago. I even adapted it to a children's play, but I had to change the content to match that form. It was fun to do it. I tend to get inspiration for my writing by doing illustrations, which helps me get into the story. Above this post is an example of one of my illustrations.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


I started the PiBoIdMo a little late this year. To be honest, I haven't done it in several years. The last time I participated was about 2 years ago when it was held during the month of February. Anyway, I'm trying to catch up after starting on November 5, five days late. That's okay. I've written quite a few stories already and have a bunch of  ideas jotted down in my writing notebook, which should make it somewhat easier.

Good luck to all the other PiBoIdMo'ers out there.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Introducing Edward Egads, Environmental Eye

Edward Egads is the main character in a series of stories I am in the process of writing. He is a 10-year-old boy with a photographic memory and an intuition well beyond his years. He cares deeply about nature and all creatures that live in it. With the help of his beagle, Rory, and several friends, Edward finds himself getting involved with solving unusual problems related to nature and the environment in and around his hometown of Bolton Mills.

Writing and Savants

A number of years ago, a friend of mine experienced a period where he couldn't sleep for many days and it affected him adversely. But several months later, something positive emerged from that experience. He started to have this surge of energy and motivation to write. Before that difficult period, he had enjoyed writing fictional stories in school and even for his high school newspaper. But something had changed as a result of the experience. It was as if his brain had somehow been reprogrammed to be more creative. A roadblock had been smashed through and now the only thing that could quench this thirst was to write... anything.

Savants are known for having extraordinary mental and physical skills while not being able to do some of the most basic of tasks to be independent. I read that not all savants are born this way. Some people become gifted after experiencing some sort of head trauma. I was recently reading about brain research when I discovered an article that suggested that a musician's brain functions change during the creative process. It's like part of the brain shuts down so that the energy can be redirected to the creative side.

I sometimes wonder if my friend's sudden desire to write can be explained by this phenomenon. I'm curious to know if anyone else knows someone like my friend?