Old Children’s Lit for New Readers

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June 19, 2012

I’ve had it on my shelf for more than a year, but only cracked the spine on Neil Gaiman’s Newberry award-winning The Graveyard Book last night. In many ways it reminds me of more ‘classical’ children’s literature, the sort of books I was reading as a kid when I wasn’t reading The Baby-sitter’s Club. (I read a lot of the Baby-sitter’s Club. Too much, you might say.) The novel has a definite old-fashioned British sensibility, in addition to Gaiman’s unique style, and I was captivated by the familiarity of the storytelling. Not because it was a familiar tale (it’s about a living boy raised in a graveyard), but because it transports me to a different time. Despite being a modern book, I think this story could take place at any time.

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Fictional Libraries and Their Keepers

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April 11, 2012

My first blog for indie publisher Quirk Books was posted yesterday: It’s National Library Week, and even fictional characters need a place to check out books from time to time. Though it’s not always the case, fictional libraries tend to be magical; after all, they’re created by writers, and writers know the power of the written word. If they’re going to invent a repository for knowledge, then at the very least, it should…

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The Mayan Project

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January 10, 2012

We’ve had a lot fun at the expense of an eradicated indigenous people, but what if this really was our last year on Earth? Sort of puts all those New Year’s Resolutions in perspective. This could very well be the last year to make promises to ourselves that we probably won’t keep.

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The Turkey Will Be Televised

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November 24, 2011

One of my favorite holiday traditions, whether that holiday is Halloween or Christmas, is to collect a playlist of holiday-themed episodes from my favorite TV shows. There are a dozen episodes of American television that center around the harvest festival we affectionately refer to as ‘Thanksgiving.’ Or, as Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer refers to it, “A ritual sacrifice. With pie.” There are lists all over the internet, and I could just marathon Friends episodes, but here are some of my favorites:

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Geek Girl Con Scavenger Hunt

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October 4, 2011

Sometimes, the convention scene is stressful. There’s not enough time to do everything, or see everything, or hear everything. As I was considering some of my favorite things about con, the one that went to the top of the list is the opportunity to interact with other people who feel the way I do about geeky things. That got me thinking about ways to make that happen, and I came up with a little scavenger hunt, guaranteed to allow the so-inclined to geek it up.

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Fun Times on the West Coast

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September 17, 2011

I’ve got some events and deadlines coming up in the next couple of months, so it’s crunch time. First, at the start of October I’ll be headed to Seattle for Geek Girl Con with my friend Clare. I’m pretty excited about this, especially since I had a rather disappointing time at Comic-Con this year. It’s also my last big ticketed event until I get a new job.

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Hollywood Jane’s *Updated* Guide to Surviving Comic-Con

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July 8, 2011

And again, Comic-Con is upon us! With less than two weeks to go, I thought I’d repost my tips for a happy Con, with a few addenda. For those of us who are attending Comic-Con in fan capacity to get our geek on, I firmly believe there are steps that can be taken to improve the experience. You’ll still be completely wrecked by the end of it, but hopefully there’ll be fewer regrets.

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