Sunday, July 31, 2011

SCUBA Dooba Do....

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I don't swim.  I don't know anything about SCUBA* (except for what the acronym stands for). And so, in my Calamari Kid series, I have the children underwater with snorkels. Deep underwater. Well, apparently, the pipe on the snorkel, that only rises a few inches above the characters' heads, cannot reach the surface. These kids are breathing water. I know that now, but I doubt that I will redo the whole series. You pretty much have to suspend disbelief for this whole storybook situation. The Calamari Kid is a story told in five web pages. Each one has a link to the next one at the bottom of the page. I can tell by my tracking that I sometimes lose readers in the middle of the story. Are they getting bored? Are the links too obscure? One guy asked me what age group the story is for and said that my vocabulary may be too advanced for my target group. I really don't know. I am not an educator or even a parent. In my own childhood, I regularly read books above my grade level and liked to learn new words. The guy I mentioned questioned the word skeptical.
*Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

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