Wednesday, June 12, 2019

"Double, double toil and trouble"

Eye of newt is a real thing, but not literally.
All of the ingredients in the witches brew are simply ancient terms for herbs, flowers and plants. Some say witches gave these flora gross and disturbing names to deter other people from practicing witchcraft. Here's the translated plant list of what's really in Shakespeare's cauldron [source: Beale]:
  • Eye of newt - mustard seed
  • Toe of frog - buttercup
  • Wool of bat - holly leaves
  • Tongue of dog - houndstongue
  • Adders fork - adders tongue
  • Blind-worm - okay, a blindworm is a real thing; a tiny snake thought to be venomous

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Writing A Sequel

This fall, YA superstar Rainbow Rowell will publish Wayward Son, one of the most anticipated books of the season. It’s a sequel to her 2015 smash hit Carry On, itself inspired by 2013’s Fangirl: In Fangirl, the main character writes fanfiction for the Harry Potter-esque fantasy series Simon Snow, while in Carry On and Wayward Son, Rowell puts her own spin on the Simon Snow universe. It’s original fantasy inspired by fanfiction written within a best-selling contemporary YA novel, and if that sentence fills you with delight, you’re ready to become a Rainbow Rowell fan.
Read the full article @ Vox about writing a sequel. Below is a tidbit.
The weirdest thing was that people are not normally invested in what I write when I’m writing it. I can tweet all day long about my next book and nobody cares, but if I tweet about Baz and Simon it’s different because people care about them already. Which I’m very grateful for. But the responsibility of it is heavy.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Check Out Your Local Libraries

Shorecrest library has stopped checking out books for the 2018-19 school year, however you can check out our local libraries and...

Keep On Reading!

King County Library System
You can still use KCLS even if you don't have a library card because the school district has a partnership with KCLS!

Sno-Isle Libraries serves residents in Washington's Snohomish and Island counties.

Seattle Public Library In 2007, the Central Library building was voted #108 on the American Institute of Architects' list of Americans' 150 favorite structures in the US.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

One-Word Book Titles

Merriam-Webster asked 11 authors how they came up with their single-word book titles.
Here is Malinda Lo, talking about Ash:
My novel Ash is a retelling of “Cinderella.” In many versions of the story, the main character sits in the hearth to keep warm, and thus is covered in ashes. This is why she’s named Cinderella (Cendrillon in French and Aschenputtel in German), implying a girl covered in cinders or ashes. In From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers, Marina Warner called attention to the significance of ashes in the story, explaining that it was a sign of bereavement. Warner wrote: “Cinderella, in her rags, in her sackcloth and ashes, is a daughter who continues to grieve.”

Many people know “Cinderella” as the story of a poor servant girl who grows up to marry a prince, but the story begins when a young girl loses both of her parents. Grief and loss are the underpinnings of this tale, given symbolic expression by the way she sleeps in the ashes of the kitchen fire. Without this darker beginning, the true love that sets her free at the end wouldn’t have nearly as much impact.

I’m not sure when I chose to name my Cinderella character Ash, but it seemed crystal clear to me that it was the only name she could have. Her story might begin in darkness, but she rises out of the ashes of her grief like a phoenix.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Get To The Point!

“Once exclamation points were scary and loud; they made you jump,” Heidi Julavits wrote in her 2015 memoir The Folded Clock. “You were in trouble when the exclamation points came out. They were the nunchucks of punctuation. They were a bark, a scold, a gallows sentence. Not any longer. The exclamation point is lighthearted, even whimsical.” The Atlantic 
Similarly, omitting an exclamation point also transfers whatever you're writing, by making it sound like you hate your co-worker's guts. 
“Thanks!” reads as: Thank you.
“Thanks” reads as: Whatever. 
“Good job!” reads as: Good job.
“Good job” reads as: Congratulations, you’ve accomplished the bare minimum of what we pay you for. The Cut
Don't Use It.
There is really only one rule when it comes to the exclamation mark: don’t use it. This is an exaggeration of course! In fact, rare usage is the point: the Chicago Manual of Style says the exclamation mark ‘should be used sparingly to be effective.’ BBC
  1. If you are writing a highly professional email, or even if you’re writing to a college professor about missing class, don’t use an exclamation point.
  2. Never use an exclamation point in your term paper—it could knock a few points off your overall grade.
  3. If you’re writing a blog post or something that isn’t highly professional, then you can use an exclamation point. Read through and see if you’ve already used one—if you have, then you don’t need more. Write Exciting Information. You Won’t Need a Billion Exclamation Points. grammarly blog

Monday, April 15, 2019

Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 18, 2019

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day this year!