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Writer Wars: Now You See Me, Now You Don't!

By Chelsea DaggerSeptember 25, 2013
MY SINCEREST APOLOGIES ON PUBLISHING THIS A DAY LATE, SPARKTHORS. (Yes, I decided to go with "Sparkthors" after no one raised any objections. IT'S THAT OR "BUTTSKIS." TAKE YOUR PICK.) I'll skip the formalities and get right down to biznass; The_Lucky_Cat pulled off a hat More  →
Writer Wars: Now You See Me, Now You Don't!

Writer Wars Winner: "All That Remains" by The_Lucky_Cat

By reidfaylorSeptember 24, 2013
This Sparkthor (like "Sparkler plus author"? Is "Authler" catchier? Yes? No? Hard pass?) is on a ROLL, buttskis. She not only took home both the Sparklers's Choice Award AND the Dagger's Choice Award last week, but she also won AGAIN this week! It all actually worked out so More  →
Writer Wars Winner: "All That Remains" by The_Lucky_Cat

Dead Author Interviews: Jane Austen

By Rebecca Jane StokesSeptember 23, 2013
After my mixed luck interviewing Lewis Carroll, I decided to next visit with an author renowned for her quick wit and sanity. Jane Austen has long been a major influence on me, and on countless other women who write, read, and just generally... More  →
Dead Author Interviews: Jane Austen

The Cutest Names in Fiction

By ShivSeptember 20, 2013
The cuteness of a name is pretty arbitrary. After all, cute for one person might be really, really gross for another. But it definitely helps if the name in question is short, fun to say, and sounds happy. When it comes to fiction, authors are... More  →
The Cutest Names in Fiction

Fun Casting News for The Fault in Our Stars and Mockingjay!

By kat_rosenfieldSeptember 19, 2013
Are you in a state of non-stop squealing excitement over all the amazing YA novels that are getting made into movies next year? Is the sheer volume of production buzz and casting news and trailers and teasers starting to make you go cross-eyed? Are you... More  →
Fun Casting News for The Fault in Our Stars and Mockingjay!

Write Like a BOSS: Tips and Quotes From Our Favorite Authors!

By Chelsea DaggerSeptember 18, 2013
A wildly famous, ridiculously good-looking, absurdly brilliant, very good-looking, widely acclaimed, good-looking writer once said, "Am I good-looking? Obviously. But that doesn't make writing any easier." (And yes, as you probably ascertained from that startlingly accurate More  →
Write Like a BOSS: Tips and Quotes From Our Favorite Authors!

Writer Wars: Rags to Riches

By Chelsea DaggerSeptember 17, 2013
HULLO, BUTTSKIS. I hope your week is going splendidly so far (but if it isn't, watch this montage of all the times that Marty McFly, aka the adorable Michael J. Fox, screamed throughout the Back to the Future series. If it doesn't cheer you up, nothing will). Now, I've g More  →
Writer Wars: Rags to Riches

7 Fictional Characters We'd Love to Take to Homecoming

By Abbey ClarkeSeptember 17, 2013
Homecoming weekend is just around the corner, which means it’s time for mascots, cheers, and creative uses of face paint. It's also the perfect opportunity to plan some highly nonfictional dates with your favorite fictional men. Your tastes may differ from ours, but these guys... More  →
7 Fictional Characters We'd Love to Take to Homecoming

Dead Author Interviews: Lewis Carroll

By Rebecca Jane StokesSeptember 17, 2013
On a quest to better understand the literary greats, I decided to build a time machine, expressly intended to transport me to 19th-century England. There, I would do my best to secure an interview with the reticent Reverend Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll.... More  →
Dead Author Interviews: Lewis Carroll

The Argument Against "Strong Female Characters" (And 4 Characters that Break the Mold)

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 16, 2013
Think about it: have you ever once heard a male character being described as "feisty"? How about sassy? Has a book or film reviewer ever rushed to assure you that a male character isn't your average "dude in distress"? We're betting the answer is... More  →
The Argument Against "Strong Female Characters" (And 4 Characters that Break the Mold)