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Francesca Forrest Read widely, so you're exposed to all sorts of different ways of telling a story. It's amazing what words can do, what people have made words do. The …moreRead widely, so you're exposed to all sorts of different ways of telling a story. It's amazing what words can do, what people have made words do. The rest, I think, really varies from person to person. We (I still feel like I'm aspiring) just have to keep at it, keep trying, and not let self-doubt hobble us. (less)
Francesca Forrest I try to turn my energies to other things that are important to me, plunge into them, and trust that the mojo will come back. Sometimes your creative …moreI try to turn my energies to other things that are important to me, plunge into them, and trust that the mojo will come back. Sometimes your creative batteries just need a chance to recharge. (I'm talking about casual, everyday writer's block. There can be more hardcore sorts of writer's block, which have more complicated causes and more complicated solutions, but I haven't faced those yet.)(less)
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Corn Maze!

I have always wanted to walk through a corn maze, and yesterday Wakanomori and I did! We visited Mike's Maze in Sunderland, MA, which every year has a maze that, when seen from the sky, is a picture or a message. ( Here you can see pictures of previous years' mazes.)

This year, the maze is a giant exhortation to VOTE! You can see the design on the front of the kiosk. I also like the corn T-shirt Read more of this blog post »
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Francesca Forrest is on page 139 of 274 of The Memory Police: Bemused that on p 95 we have the disappearance of fruit, but on 139, when the narrator is planning a birthday party, she says, "There were still all sorts of things I wanted to buy. Butter for a cake, wine, spices, fruit for a punch, flowers... a few pages later she apologizes for not being able to get strawberries. I know this is a lit novel, not SFF, but that still feels like a weird slip.
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Honeytrap by Aster Glenn Gray
"This has been a great surprise from a new to me author. Historical isn't my favourite genre, usually I don't want to deal with the anguish feeling those readings inspire me, but despite that, this book has been really good.
I went into this thinking " Read more of this review »
A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
"Good fun."
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
"This novel is a celebration of diversity--exuberant, witty, splashing emotions all over the place.

Meet Darcy, who adores Brooke, and who in spite of her out-there personality and lifestyle, has a secret life: she gives advice to her fellow teens via " Read more of this review »
Francesca Forrest is on page 95 of 274 of The Memory Police: "The new cavities in my heart search for things to burn. They drive me to burn things and I can stop only when everything is in ashes."

---this book! My HEART.
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No puedo creer que ahora soy capaz de leer un cuento del gran escritor Borges en español! Y que cuento! Es profundo, triste, hermoso.

"La casa es del tamaño del mundo; mejor dicho, es el mundo."

"Ojalá [mi redentor] me lleve a un lugar con menos galerí
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A book group pick: I wasn't able to go to the meeting, and I hadn't finished the book, and yet gentle and unassuming as it was, it had enough of a grip on me that I wanted to finish it, made an effort to finish it. I liked the narrator very much, a m ...more
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“Em and her people have hurricane hearts. And me? I must cultivate a heart of ruby fire from now on. The power of ruby fire is different from hurricane power. Everyone can see a hurricane coming, and so they shake with fear. The ruby fire no one can see coming until it arrives—and so they shake with fear.”
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“Technically, our name, to those who speak science, is Homo sapiens— wise person. But we have been described in many other ways. Homo narrans, juridicus, ludens, diaspora: we are storytelling, legal, game-playing, scattered people, too. True but incomplete. That old phrase has the secret. We are all, have always been, will always be, Homo vorago aperientis: person before whom opens a vast & awesome hole.”
China Miéville, Railsea

“There was a time when wen we did not form all our words as we do now, in writing on a page. There was a time when the word "&" was written with several distinct & separate letters. It seems madness now. But there it is, & there is nothing we can do about it.

Humanity learned to ride the rails, & that motion made us what we are, a ferromaritime people. The lines of the railsea go everywhere but from one place straight to another. It is always switchback, junction, coils around & over our own train-trails.

What word better could there be to symbolize the railsea that connects & separates all lands, than “&” itself? Where else does the railsea take us, but to one place & that one & that one & that one, & so on? & what better embodies, in the sweep of the pen, the recurved motion of trains, than “&”?

An efficient route from where we start to where we end would make the word the tiniest line. But it takes a veering route, up & backwards, overshooting & correcting, back down again south & west, crossing its own earlier path, changing direction, another overlap, to stop, finally, a few hairs’ width from where we began.

& tacks & yaws, switches on its way to where it’s going, as we all must do.”
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“A poor old Widow in her weeds
Sowed her garden with wild-flower seeds;
Not too shallow, and not too deep,
And down came April -- drip -- drip -- drip.
Up shone May, like gold, and soon
Green as an arbour grew leafy June.
And now all summer she sits and sews
Where willow herb, comfrey, bugloss blows,
Teasle and pansy, meadowsweet,
Campion, toadflax, and rough hawksbit;
Brown bee orchis, and Peals of Bells;
Clover, burnet, and thyme she smells;
Like Oberon's meadows her garden is
Drowsy from dawn to dusk with bees.
Weeps she never, but sometimes sighs,
And peeps at her garden with bright brown eyes;
And all she has is all she needs --
A poor Old Widow in her weeds.”
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“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
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“I Name you Echthroi. I Name you Meg.
I Name you Calvin.
I Name you Mr. Jenkins.
I Name you Proginoskes.
I fill you with Naming.
Be!
Be, butterfly and behemoth,
be galaxy and grasshopper,
star and sparrow,
you matter,
you are,
be!
Be caterpillar and comet,
Be porcupine and planet,
sea sand and solar system,
sing with us,
dance with us,
rejoice with us,
for the glory of creation,
seagulls and seraphim
angle worms and angel host,
chrysanthemum and cherubim.
(O cherubim.)
Be!
Sing for the glory
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sing with us
dance with us
be with us.
Be!"
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Wind in the Door”
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Francesca Forrest C.s.e. wrote: "Hallo! Thank you for finding me! This place is a JUNGLE! I like it."

Hahaha! This is a place where I don't even **try** to keep up appearances. It takes me months and months to read even one book (short stories I can read right away, but books I don't seem to build in time for, somehow), so I am very pathetic. But it's fun to read people's book reviews!


C.S.E. Cooney Hallo! Thank you for finding me! This place is a JUNGLE! I like it.


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