This post is not about the base. With apologies to Meghan Trainor, it’s all about the treble. And by treble I mean the incredible, inescapable, inviolate rule of three. The rule of three is inviolate for copywriters (“Diamonds are forever”), incredible for comedy and television writers (there’s a reason why Modern Family features three family …

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Book Name: The Blue Sword Author: Robin McKinley First Published: 1982 Winner: Newbery Honor Book(1983) Robin McKinley was born in Warren, Ohio. Her father was an officer in the United States Navy and her mother was a school teacher. Like many military families, the McKinleys moved quite often as her father was reassigned to various …

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Last month I gave a brief primer on fan fiction. This month, I’ve decided to jump more fully into the topic. Jennifer Hutchins, who writes under the name a_xmasmurder, graciously agreed to an interview about her own writing and the field of fan fiction. As with the last time I did an interview, I will …

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I was recently introduced to the idea that as writers we can learn a lot from romance novels. While we may pooh-pooh romance as being trashy, self-indulgent escapism, it is true that good romance authors think a lot about structure and plot. As a writer, I find these parts of writing very difficult at the …

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My family and other animals Some people can only read a book once, because – they say- they know what’s going to happen. There are some books I would never read again. There are some that I can’t even finish; in fact, I find the measure of a good book is how long it takes …

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This year’s animated lineup is out of control. There is no controlling it. Don’t try. You will hurt yourself. There are two Disney/Pixar movies coming out this year: INSIDE OUT (June 19) and THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Nov 25). TWO PIXAR MOVIES IN ONE YEAR. But there’s still time to find a paper bag to breathe …

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Fantasy as a genre can be tad difficult to define. To paraphrase Wikipedia, a fantasy is any story which employs magic and/or “other supernatural phenomena” as a driving force of plot, theme or setting; and, like science fiction, fantasy tales are often set somewhere-other-than-here-and-now. Fantasy has something in the neighborhood of a dozen sub genres, depending on …

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Like Batman, when curating the collection in your library, it’s best to swoop in like a force of nature, be swift, and if at all possible, work in the dead of night. What the hell am I talking about? There are two aspects of curating or developing a collection that a librarian has to worry …

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I wrote my first real sci-fi short story at around seven years old. It was about a young girl who headed the first (wo)manned mission to Venus. Because I regularly devoured hard sci-fi books and astronomy texts, I prided myself on its scientific accuracy. I even illustrated it! I have gotta dig that up one of these …

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Once upon the late 1990’s, I worked at a library in Wyoming, and I had the privilege of developing the sci fi and fantasy book collection (talk about a dream come true). My friend was in charge of the romance books, a collection development post I never, ever could have championed, but I so admired …

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