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Utah Monalith — A Modern Day Who Dunnit
The rivets holding the triangular prism together prove that alien lifeforms didn't construct the Utah Monolith in the middle of the desert. The monolith was clearly man-made. But the appearance of the monolith and its purpose remain unclear.
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 It raged back and forth in an ALL CAPITAL LETTERS FLAMEWAR between a bunch of unpublished writers, and finally some guy dared me to put my money where my mouth was, by letting him give me a cheesy central story concept, which I would then use in an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.
Dogs Are the Most Faithful and Consistent of All Our Companions
I didn’t want to wake up. I could ignore Scruffy nudging me with her nose, but the leg kicking my belly was persistent. I groaned and rolled over. The bed was wet. I turned on the light as Scruffy’s first puppy made its entrance into the world.
10 Places To Visit Based on Children’s Books
There has never been a better time to be a booklover — with attractions and apps that bring books to life. Children’s books are magical and can make a lasting impression well beyond childhood — these destinations can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.