Monthly Archives: July 2011

Finding Your "Voice" as a Writer: This is Not Metaphysics.

The most important thing about becoming a writer of just about anything is finding one’s “voice.” This is not a weird, artsy near metaphysical thing, or at least, it should not be treated as one. Your “voice” as a writer is what makes your writing interesting and readable. This is true if you’re writing about child care, about a gadget you are reviewing or if you’re telling a story.

Figuring out what your “voice” sounds like can be a little intimidating. Most people do not analyze their own writing. Some people over-analyze and are excessively negative about their writing.( This can be both a bad and a good thing. If you feel you are in need of improvement, you will work harder at it. On the other hand if you are too negative you can cripple yourself as a writer.) Some people believe that their writing has no need of improvement–and they may or may not be wrong. Some people are just writing for themselves and it shows because no one can understand it. Continue reading


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Book Review: Armed and Magical by Lisa Shearin

293 pp.

Armed & Magical (Raine Benares, Book 2)In this book, Raine Benares is still stuck with the Saghred, an extremely powerful magical object that has made her the target of both the goblin government and the elven one. The former is of course because the magical object was theirs to begin with. The latter is because the Saghred had been used in wars against the elves. Also, it eats souls and is evil. The elves want to imprison or execute her, and possibly also want to imprison Piaras who has also come to Mid for protection and to get into the school there. Any human governmental bodies have yet to state their own opinions of the dispensation of the magical doohickey. Continue reading

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Oh gog, Homestuck

Okay. Homestuck. I was initially not very impressed even though the comic was highly recommended on several lists/blog rolls I watch. The story line is huge, the art didn’t really interest me at first, and I couldn’t get into it. But I kept hearing great things about Homestuck, and I kept seeing amazing fanart about it. So I kept trying to read it.

SIX TRIES. It took six tries before I was able to get through  more than three pages. Once I got started reading though, I couldn’t stop. I think what really sold me on watching though was the music and the animations. (Not so much the game bits, however. Those I didn’t much care for as they were fiddly and annoying. I am not the world’s best game player, and found those parts to be irritating as heck.) Continue reading

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A Few Notes on Taking Notes

Whether researching a topic or studying for a test, taking accurate and useful notes ensures that you will have a clear understanding of the topic, and that you will be able relate the topic to others. Notes that are confusing, illegible and poorly organized will have the opposite effect and might even get you in trouble if you accidentally plagiarize or misquote. Here are a few tips for when you are taking notes.

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Book Review: Unnatural Issue, by Mercedes Lackey

361 pp.

Unnatural Issue: An Elemental Masters NovelThis most recent Elemental Master’s book is a variation of the Allerleiruah/King Who Wished to Marry His Daughter fairytale. When Richard Whitestone’s wife dies in childbirth he decides to completely abandon his work and shuts himself up in his manor house. Richard’s daughter Susanne was raised by the housekeeper and the cook. She spends most of her time working and performing the duties of an Elemental mage, duties which her father had abandoned. (The father is apparently too sunk in depression to notice his daughter is a very powerful Earth mage.) Continue reading


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Book Review: Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

Random House
517 pp.

Welcome to BordertownTheBordertown anthologies were a shared universe series about a city placed on theborder between the human world and Faerie. The series managed to shape a greatdeal of the “urban fantasy” landscape during its run and generated a few novelsbefore vanishing. The books are extremely hard to find, but well worth thehunt. (You are more likely to find them in a library than a used bookstore.Check the young adult/teen section.) I was extremely excited when I found outthere was going to be a new Bordertown anthology. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Pig Bride Volume Five, KookHwa Huh/Sujin Kim

 Pig Bride, Vol. 5Mu-Yeon and her sister Mu-Hwa are now attending Si-Joon’s school. This information puts Si-Joon into a mildly jealous state since without a mask Mu-Yeon is attracting boys like ants to sugar. Meanwhile, the clique that Doe-Doe has gathered around her is starting to doubt her abilities as “queen bee” of the school and the principal is putting pressure on her to make Mu-Yeon’s life miserable. Doe-Doe however is extremely conflicted about what to do, since she has developed a crush on Ji-Oh and no longer wants to pursue her rivalry with Mu-Yeon.

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