Staff Recommendation: The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, an imaginative addition to Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha novels, was originally intended to be a prequel. What it became instead was a collection of fairy tales filtered through the lens of Bardugo’s fictional world, the stories that its children may have been told at bedtime.

Book cover for Leigh Bardugo's "The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic"

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NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part One)

To reach the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) goal of 50,000 words, the organization suggests writing 1,667 words a day. Writing 1,667 isn’t tough; it only involves about an hour or two of time to write that much. Despite the ease of that daily word count, however, I find myself struggling with the challenge. My problem with keeping up with the NaNoWriMo challenge is not the word count itself, but that 30 days is not a realistic time period for that goal. Simply put, I do not have time to write every day…and so I fall behind. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Challenge (Part One)”

30 Years of The Princess Bride

My first copy of The Princess Bride was a VHS tape that my grandmother recorded from the TV. There was a blip on the tape during the rhyming game between Fezzik and Inigo Montoya. It cut to static for a few seconds, then picked up again once the ship is out to sea. Because of this, I spent a good ten years playing and replaying the tape, able to quote the movie from start to finish except for the rhyming game. Imagine how thrilled I was to get the movie on DVD years later and finally see that scene in full!

2017 marks the 30th anniversary for this beloved movie. A handful of theaters nationwide held screenings during the month of October, which I was unfortunately unable to attend. I did, however, make an effort to rewatch the movie and reread the book that inspired it.

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Tips for a Happy NaNoWriMo

You’ve decided to participate in Nano. Great! What’s the first step, you ask? Sign up online here. No, really, I’ll wait. Now that you’ve done that, I’m sure you’re asking why. Because the people who signed up on the website will be a big part of your cheering section. Once, or twice a week, a different published author will post a pep talk, all of which are stored in the archive: Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Diana Gabaldon, James Patterson, and Maggie Steifvater, to name just a few. If you have friends who are also participating in Nano, you can Friend them on the webpage, and cheer them on, challenge them to writing sprints (set a time to write and see who writes the most during the time allotted). The local group also hosts Write-Ins during NaNo (and throughout the year), and are very welcoming. And, if you are so inclined they have t-shirts, postcards, coffee mugs, and other assorted items to show the world that you write.

Staff Recommendation: Leia, Princess of Alderaan

I’m back with another Star Wars review! As we seem to be ending every year on a new Star Wars movie–a trend I’m very much in favor of, by the way–we are also getting new accompanying novels to lead up to the latest film. This year’s crop of stories is subtitled “Journey to The Last Jedi,” in anticipation of Episode VIII coming out this December.

The first I read is Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan. Gray is the same author who wrote Lost Stars, which may be my favorite Star Wars book to date. I’m happy to say she has more than fulfilled the high expectations I have for her work.

Book cover for "Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan" by Claudia Gray

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