Planet of the Month: Neptune



Neptune was named after the Roman sea god Neptune. The name fits well, because it has such a beautiful blue color, just like the sea. 

It is also very cold there, -214 °C. Here on Earth we think it’s cold when it is -20 °C. 

Uranus and Neptune are often called Ice Giants to distinguish them from the Gas Giants.



Neptun fikk navnet sitt etter den romerske havguden Neptun. Det passer jo, for den har så fin blåfarge, akkurat som sjøen.

Det er også veldig kaldt der, -214 °C! Vi her på Jorda synes det er kaldt med -20 °C.

Neptun er så stor, at nesten 60 jordkloder kan få plass inni den!


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Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner


I’m so happy a big thank you! To Story Monsters LLC and the Dragonfly Book Awards.

My Daughter and I got a 2nd Place for “Picture Books 6 & Older” and a Honorable Mention for “Education”, for our educational picture book “The Universe a Work of Art“. A children’s book about astronomy. Check it out on Amazon or iBooks.

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My other awards can be found here.

Planet of the Month: Uranus



Uranus – Acrylic Painting by Eva Newermann


The strangest planet must be Uranus. It lies at an angle, so that the north and south pole is where most other planets have their equator.

Uranus was not discovered until 1781. It has a blue-green color due to the presence of methane gas.

Uranus has the coldest planetary atmosphere in the Solar System, with a minimum temperature of approximately −224 °C.

Uranus takes 84 years to orbit our Sun.



Den merkeligste planeten må være Uranus. Den ligger på skrå, med ringene i en uvant vinkel. Uranus ble ikke oppdaget før i 1781. Den har en blågrønn farge som skyldes metan. 

Metangassen sluker nemlig rødt og gult sollys, men sender tilbake blått sollys.

Uranus bruker hele 84 år på å gå i bane rundt Sola.

Hittil er det funnet 27 måner og 13 ringer rundt Uranus.



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Planet of the Month: Saturn



Saturn – Acrylic painting by Eva Newermann


Saturn is the second largest planet in our Solar System and is about 800 times larger than Earth.

Saturn takes approximately 29.5 years to orbit our Sun. Currently, there have been 62 moons found around Saturn.

Saturn has the second largest moon in our solar system. It’s called Titan. 

Titan is the only object in space other than Earth where clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.



Saturn er den nest største planeten i vårt solsystem, og er omtrent 800 ganger større enn Jorda.

Saturn bruker omtrent 29.5 år på runden rundt Sola. Det er foreløpig funnet 62 måner rundt Saturn.

Saturn har den nest største månen i solsystemet vårt. Den heter Titan. 

Det er den eneste månen i solsystemet som har en atmosfære med skyer og regn.


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Planet of the Month: Jupiter



Jupiter – Acrylic painting by Eva Newermann


This shows how small Earth is compared to Jupiter, which is the largest planet in our Solar System.

“The Great Red Spot” you see on the left of Jupiter, is a huge whirlwind (hurricane) that has raged there for over 350 years!

Jupiter has at least 79 moons. One of Jupiters moons, Europa is covered in ice.




Her ser du hvor liten Jorda er i forhold til Jupiter som er den største planeten i Solsystemet vårt.

Den store røde flekken er en virvelstorm som har rast i over 350 år.

Det er til nå funnet 79 måner som går i bane rundt Jupiter.

Den ene månen, Europa, er dekket av is.


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Planet of the Month: Mars



Mars – Acrylic painting by Eva Newermann


A long, long time ago there were volcanoes on Mars that spewed out flowing lava.

The highest volcano is called Olympus Mons and is nearly 25 km high. It has a diameter of 700 km. Denmark has a perimeter of 742 km.



For lenge, lenge siden var det vulkaner på Mars som spydde ut rennende lava.

Den høyeste vulkanen heter Olympus Mons og er nesten 25 km høy. Den har en diameter på 700 km. Danmark har en omkrets på 742 km.


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Tired or upset of getting rejection letters? Read the great story below from my friend Martha and maybe feel a little bit better 🙂



By Martha Moffett


My plan, this past summer, was to work on one story and get it polished and ready for rejection by Alaska Quarterly, One Story, and Glimmer Train, some of my favorite journals.

That’s an inside joke for the Rejection Club, four writers who decided to send out work at a fast clip and to keep score and compare notes, with the winner (loser) assigned to treat the rest of us to a bottle of wine in our favorite pub at the end of a year.

I had traditionally sent out one story to one journal and waited for a response. Sometimes it was months in coming. Sometimes it never came. “If this happens, they are just not interested in your work” is the general wisdom. At this rate, months become years and the work waited patiently in my computer. My three writer friends followed more or less the same routine.

But after Kim Liao’s article “Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year” circulated on the Internet in June of 2016, we rethought our position. In addition to increasing our submissions, I said, “Let’s make it a competition. Who can get the most rejections fastest?”

It was on my calendar to take a workshop with Lisa Romeo at the Writers’ Circle called Submission Strategy. Lisa’s spreadsheet was a revelation to me. I began to keep better records of what I sent, where I sent it, the date, the outcome—rejection, yes, but as Lisa said, garner any feedback you get.

The four of us had a backlog of unpublished work. We’d met in a workshop where one of us was finishing a novel set in New York City and Italy; another was working on a crime novel; the third member’s novel was about an American family and how it changed over two

generations; and I was bringing my chapters of a novella to workshop to be picked over for problems of consistency, tone, and point of view. In addition, we all had stories, essays, short-shorts, and other bits and pieces in reserve.

We proceeded to build our attack. We met and exchanged literary journals, to improve our knowledge of what they published and what the editors liked. I came home with an armload of Ploughshares, which I had never read despite its reputation, and I passed out copies of Chattahoochee Review, where I’d been lucky in the past. I had a lot of back issues of One Story for the taking. I picked up copies of Gulf Coast, New Letters, and Bellingham Review.

We also exchanged lists of journals looking for submissions or running contests. One member subscribes to Literistic, a good source. I subscribe to Practicing Writing, Erika Dreifus’s daily blog, for the Monday list, and her monthly newsletter The Practicing Writer. There’s Publishing . . . and other Forms of Insanity. And of course Poets & Writers is available to all of us, magazine or online, a great guide and vetted by P&W—no ripoffs there..

We started our first round of submissions, and soon our emails were reading like this:

I got two rejections in a week. I’m surging ahead!

Do you know how many editors have “loved” this story but rejected it anyway?

Five agents have decided not to represent my novel.

I’m getting rejections from journals I don’t even remember submitting to!

“Your submission was read with interest.” But WAS it?

We sometimes got exactly the same standard rejection letter from different journals. And we discovered favorite tropes:

“Although your story was not selected, it does not mean it was without merit.”

And the current favorite:

“We were blown away by the quality of this year’s contest submissions . . . “

But we learned a lot. First, to take any word of encouragement as an invitation: “We liked your long story but there was no room for it in this issue.” Or, better, “Try us again.” A scribbled note in pencil on a standard rejection was to us fit for framing.

We got better at matching our work to certain journals. We send out work in batches, not one solitary story bearing our hopes for publication. Our common effort has lessened the pain of rejection—has actually given us many laughs. We’re ready to start a new wave of stories flying in all direction, electronically and by snail mail.

Early on, a friend said to Kim Liao, “Shoot for one hundred rejections in a year, because if you work that hard to get so many rejections, you’re sure to get a few acceptances too.”

It’s going to work. It has already worked! A few days ago I received news that I had won the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for The Novella. My writing friends will soon follow with their acceptances. And that bottle of wine is waiting.

Planet of the Month: Earth



Earth, Moon and Sun – Acrylic painting by Eva Newermann


Here you see our Earth, Moon and Sun.

Earth is the third planet from the Sun. I think its the most beautiful planet in our solar system, and we should take better care of it. The Moon’s gravity is weaker than Earth’s. That means you can jump six times higher on the Moon.



Her ser du Jorda, Månen og Sola.

Jorden er den tredje planeten fra Sola. Jeg syns det er den fineste planeten i vårt Solsystem, vi burde ta bedre vare på den. På Månen er tyndekraften mye svakere enn på Jorda. Det betyr at du kan hoppe 6 ganger høyere der.


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Boken er også tilgjengelig på Norsk: Universet som et Maleri.

Planet of the Month: Mercury



Mercury – Painted by Eva Newermann

EnglishDo you see the tiny little white spot under the Moon? That is the planet Mercury. Mercury is about 4900 km in diameter (Earth has a diameter of 12800 km) And it is the planet closest to the Sun.


Norwegian2Hei Venner! Her er månedens planet: Merkur.     Ser du den bittelille hvite flekken under Månen? Det er planeten Merkur. Den er omtrent 4900 km i diameter (Jorda er 12800 km i diameter) Merkur er den planeten som er nærmest Sola.


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The Universe a Work of Art



8 June 2018: The Universe a Work of Art, 
just got a 5 star rating. 
The review was done by Readers Favorite

The Universe a Work of Art

English2“The Universe a Work of Art” is a fun and easy to read children’s educational book about our Solar System.

The English version is available for free on the Apples iBooks store from the 13th to the 17th of each month in 2018.

Written by Eva & Line Newermann.

It is available on the Apples iBooks store along with an Norwegian version of the book “Universet som et Maleri”.

Available in English : Norwegian versions.

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