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Yes, Your Majesty: how Jupiter Ascending FINALLY gave girls a sci-fi movie all their own

Jupiter Ascending was the best Valentine’s Day present I could give myself. Understand, my romantic/sexual interest in Channing Tatum is a flat zero. But I would still gladly accept him, in his wolf-eagle-hybrid incarnation, as my personal bodyguard. The eyeliner is also a must, because I believe all men should wear eyeliner. Compared to my last … Continue reading

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Movie review: Interstellar (also: embracing sci-fi, and ruminating on the things I love in stories)

If you had asked me two weeks ago if I’m a sci-fi fan, I’d have shrugged, hemmed and hawed. “I like some sci-fi,” I’d say. “Ender’s Game was very good. But I’m much more into fantasy.” And, thanks to my reawakening to the Temeraire series this year, I might add, “DRAGONS” and flail my arms … Continue reading

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Misconceptions of professional editors (or: how I learned to stop worrying and love unconventional grammar)

When people learn I’m a professional technical writer/editor, as well as an aspiring creative writer/editor, they often expect me to be a Grammar Nazi who cackles as she scalps her friends, acquaintances, and random passers-by for every grammatical slip they make while talking, or for any typos in any form of written communication. The truth is, first, … Continue reading

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Book review: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale (or, A Treatise on the Perfect Romance Novel)

(My more succinct review on Goodreads is here.) As I was leaving a review for a recent Meredith Duran book, I noticed in the comments someone sighing over how they missed Laura Kinsale’s books, how no one could match her. That wasn’t an author I’d heard of, so I investigated and found that Flowers from … Continue reading

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Book review: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner

(Note: I have fallen SO BEHIND on my book reviews, I have half-a-dozen posts in my drafts folder, whoops. Will try to catch up as speedily as I can.) This summer I re-read these this series after first encountering them relatively recently — maybe a handful of years ago. I found it interesting to re-evaluate their … Continue reading