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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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hills this morning

I went running this morning, and the sunlight through the clouds was turning parts of the hills into pure gold, while around them the shadowed hills were still winter purple-gray. I didn't have a camera, and it would be time-consuming to try to draw, but I discovered that MS Word has a very rudimentary drawing function. And so I created a picture! This... doesn't really capture what it was like... Read more of this blog post »
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Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
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Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
" I'm always interested in time travel mechanics, but I'm not too fond of the trope in the first spoiler you mentioned either. Still, sounds interesting ...more "
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
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There was a lot to like about this novel, and I appreciated all of it. The mishmash of the world in the future, the time travel theme and the larger-than-life characters shouldn't have worked, but it somehow did. For some reason, though, I admi..." Read more of this review »
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
"Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a children's book by Salman Rushdie, much better known for bestselling literary novels like Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses. I've read both of the latter, so his tone was familiar to me in this much ligh..." Read more of this review »
Lick by Kylie Scott
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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.”
Francesca Forrest, Pen Pal

“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.”
China Miéville, Railsea

“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.”
Walter de la Mare, Peacock Pie

“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.”
Nelson Mandela

“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
of the living and the loving
the flaming of creation
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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