Rings, Wardrobes and Magic Mushrooms

I really love this one…


Magical Objects in Middle Grade Fiction

This article was originally published on Middle Grade Strikes Back.

I am lucky enough to be spending quite a bit of time in schools at the moment, talking to children about creating magic in writing. One of the first things I ask them to do is to shout out their favourite magical object in any book they’ve read. I stand poised to write the answers on the whiteboard and often there’s a hesitation – not because no one can think of an answer, but because they’re wondering where to start. A fraction of a second later, when I hear that first cry of “Harry’s wand!” or “the Wishing Chair!” the flood gates open and the workshop is carried away on a tide of fantastical artifacts. RingOften the first in that flood are those from the titles of the classics, like the wardrobe in

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28 Blog Post Ideas for Book Bloggers

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28 Blog Post Ideas for Book Bloggers

While I can’t speak for all bloggers, I know that I personally get stuck on what I should post a lot. Some days the ideas just aren’t flowing and it seems as though I’ve written about all I know to write about. However, I decided to take some time to really think through all the different types of posts book bloggers could publish and I found a lot more than I expected. I’m sure that my list is by all means finished, but I’m sure there is enough on it to spark some ideas!

The Expected Unexpected

1.) Book reviews

The big duh of the book blogging world, read a book and post your opinions of it on the world wide web. May seem like an unfrivolous and boring type of post at times, but you have to admit that you have an inexhaustible selection of books to review.


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I wish Jackson hadn’t ruined Galadriel’s speech

The Reinvigorated Programmer

I bow to no man in my admiration of Peter Jackson’s fine trilogy of Lord of the Rings films (and indeed his ongoing Hobbit). I may not be able to disagree with any of the specific criticisms Andrew Rilstone makes in his fine reviews (Fellowship, Towers, Return), but I am a million miles away from agreeing with his downbeat conclusions. Yes, all the films are flawed; but they are mostly flaws of ambition, and so they are easy to forgive. And they are overwhelmed by the huge amount of good stuff. In fact, the three LotR films are arguably my three favourite films of all time.

That’s why this pains me so much:


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