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No, Kangaroos Don’t Bounce Down the Street — Yes You Can Have a Beer With Them
Unfortunately, our kangaroos don't hop down the street on command (they are wild animals, not trained monkeys). But you can get up close and personal with them at various locations. A petting zoo will provide you with a vanilla Australian experience and lots of happy snaps. However, for a genuinely authentic Aussie experience, having a beer with a roo ticks all the boxes.
- Top Story - October 2021
The Witch, The Curse, and Time TravelerTop Story - October 2021
“We’re going to watch her burn, right?” Brennan knew the man in the green suit was fidgety, eager to watch the trial proceed, but he kept his voice low and calm as he spoke to the huddled tourists. “In a moment, they will bring the accused woman out. While no one from this time can hear or see you, please accord your fellow travelers some respect and speak only when necessary.”
- Top Story - October 2021
A Passport Fit For a PharaohTop Story - October 2021
Ramses II is known for many things — he was a master builder, a mighty warrior, and one of the greatest Pharaohs. For 66 years, Ramses II ruled Egypt, and he left his stamp all over the country. His legends are larger than life, as are the monuments he created in his image.
5 Lessons Medical Practitioners Can Learn From Veterinarians
My red heeler, Chilli, recently came off second best in a rumble with my staffy cross, Rotto. An ordinary trip to the vet triggers deep anxiety within Chilli. She is, even on her best days, a nightmare of a patient. She’s the type of dog that makes trainee veterinarians second-guess their career choice.
My Role as a Gatekeeper in Children's Literature
Getting your book into the hands of readers is the goal of any writer. But children's authors also need to hurdle the gatekeepers. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians control access to books with their purchasing power. Even pocket money purchases can be subject to approval.
A Guide to Reading Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonriders of Pern" by Threadfall
Depending on their starting point in the world of Dragonriders of Pern, readers will passionately argue in favor of the series being classified as either fantasy or science fiction. However, when considering the series's overall arc, Dragonriders of Pern is a blend of science fiction and fantasy.
Can You Combine Two Lousy Ideas to Make a Bestselling Series?
A heated debate on main story concepts led to Jim Butcher’s bestselling series The Codex Alera. One side of the argument claimed that a good enough central premise would make a great book, even if you were a lousy writer. The other side contended that the central concept was far less important than the execution of the story, and that the most overused central concept in the world could have life breathed into by a skilled writer. It raged back and forth in an ALL CAPITAL LETTERS FLAMEWAR between a bunch of unpublished writers, and finally some guy dared me to put my money where my mouth was, by letting him give me a cheesy central story concept, which I would then use in an original novel. Me being an arrogant kid, I wrote him back saying, “Why don’t you give me TWO terrible ideas for a story, and I’ll use them BOTH.” The core ideas he gave me were Lost Roman Legion and Pokémon.” — Jim Butcher.