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ATTENTION ALL GRAMMAR NAZIS and POLICE [Feb. 28th, 2009|09:08 pm]
forgivesusan
First, THANK YOU for your help!

Let me tell you about Faire Tales/The Tales of Twp.


This will be a self-published book that will be sold at our local Med Faire. I like to think of the reading level as Middleschool and up.





For you brave souls that have offered to help, this is what I want you to know;

(1)the Faire is always refered to as that -- F a i r e. Unless I'm talking about other fairs, or another fair that isn't THIS Faire.

The 3 fairy tales have action that occurs in the Fair City, i.e., this city that YOU live in. This is one of my major questions -- when to use capital letters when discussing "the Fair City" and "our fair city" and "Faire" and "fair" etc. etc. etc.

(2)as I said before, please help with the use of colons and semicolons.

(3) PLEASE comment to anything that is not clear or needs clarification.

!!THANK YOU!!


(there is more explanation in the profile of this journal)
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I'm so excited by this [Feb. 28th, 2009|08:43 pm]
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YAY YAY YAY my book cover is AMAZING!
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The Poem At The Beginning [Feb. 28th, 2009|07:31 pm]
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rough draft:

Alas, my love you left the feast
Betwix the meat dish and the soup
You missed the actors and the singing priest,
But worse, you missed the Tales of Twp.

Call for the minstral if you need a song,
Call for the jester if your spirits droop
But King and Knight and Duke and All,
They call for the Tales of Twp.

To fight a dragon, a knight will stand tall,
To comfort a child, a good knight will stoop,
But every knight that comes to OUR hall
Will call for the Tales of Twp!
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Welcome to my brand-new WRITERS JOURNAL [Feb. 28th, 2009|06:32 pm]
forgivesusan
This USED to be my reader's journal, because I absolutely CAN'T HELP but want to talk about what I'm reading, and all my books are full of little bits of paper marking spots I want to talk about with SOMEBODY.

But my two darling children don't care much for me spending much time on the computer (all though they don't have many problems with my reading) I had to give up on such. (Besides, the Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events rides are over.)

SO THIS NOW MY WRITERS JOURNAL for all those who want to take this weird, wild trip with me.

And help me with semi-colons.
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Even More About That Book, You Know, The One I Like So Much [Aug. 9th, 2007|02:38 pm]
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I think Hermione's almost-casual revelation that she erased her parents' memories and sent them off to Australia is one of the most horrifying things I've read

This one was pretty cold -- how long does such a spell last? Can you imagine the story of the couple waking up one day and realizing, wait, don't we have a daughter?


Her (Tonks') relationship with Lupin has never made much sense to me either. Doesn't he realize that he's a featured player, and she's a bit part? He could do better, really.

Bwahahahaha and no, no, no, if you go back and read book 5 you'll remember what you forgot, that Tonks, the newest recruit from the Ministry of Magic to the OotP, was in fact everybody's favorite cousin, the one old enough to be in the secret meetings, but young enough to joke and crack you up and help you pack and dis your muggle family that you hate anyway, etc. etc. It was in book 6 that she turned into wallpaper, but that's because SHE WAS EMOTIONALLY DAMAGED!! I kind of thought she spent book 6 reminding Harry that he wasn't the only one who was devastated by Sirius's's death.

Actually, I had all ready been spoiled to the fact that Tonks would die, so EVERYTHING that happened to her in this book was more like "Hey, care about her before she dies! Quick!"

I liked the two quotes the book opens on quite a bit, though they may raise expectations for the quality of the writing a bit much. The key line of the first seems to be "Bless the children, give them triumph now,"

*sigh* I said "Oh! Woobies!" out loud when I read the two quotes. Of all the icons made from quotes from the book, I can't believe you don't see that one more often. Or at all.


let me just say that after the general fluff of the wedding -- I still think Fleur and Bill are flat, boring characters,

I'm afraid I must completely disagree with the idea that the wedding was fluff -- for me it was a much needed rest in the middle of an exhausting series of events, although there wasn't barely time to rest, with all the information pouring in -- what, after all, offends a student of Durmstrang, the Dark Arts school??? -- and then BOOM more exhausting running for your life. I loved it. It was like a roller coaster that lulled you into a moment thinking that it's going to be some gentle turns for a bit when BAM no, there's a drop you didn't see.


You'll likely wind up accepting Dumbledore as a non-saint by the end because we've been eased into it.

Actually I was eased into when, in the most crushing moment of Book 5, Harry realized that his FATHER was not a saint. I thought, perhaps, it was a bit cruel to take ALL of Harry's mentors away piece by piece -- I mean come on JK, why not just take a few limbs too? -- With death and discoveries about pasts. But isn't that part of growing up: realizing that the magical adults in your life aren't, in fact, magic at all? That the people who knew it all, in fact, were guessing all the time, just like you were?




More later.......
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(no subject) [Aug. 6th, 2007|06:42 pm]
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Tasha says Potter books aren't great literature and don't deserve the kind of attention and devotion they've gotten. Maybe so, but isn't it still neat to see people devoting this kind of excitement and emotional charge surrounding a book? It makes me feel like I'm in the world of Jasper Fforde's literary-centric The Eyre Affair series. What would it be like if people got this excited about other literature, too?


AMEN AND AMEN! The thing about the HP books, which ARE great books, by the way, has been the EXPERIENCE. While there are certainly other awesome books out there, how many have you waited for with such anticipation -- getting into lively debates with real and online people about the upcoming events! All in all, the hype has just added to the thrill of the ride.


And, now that it's over, we realize this will never happen again. *sniff*
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THE FIRST OF MANY [Aug. 6th, 2007|01:25 am]
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As you all know, Rollick got to liveblog her HP VII experience. I only had about a billion responses to said, and rather than attempt to respond via the putrid swamp that is the AV Blog commentary, which I know that certain bloggers don't even READ (because it is, really, putrid) I will put my responses here.

TO ALL MY AMAZING FRIENDS who are now done with the book, please comment!!



From: "the brief explanation of our relationship to Harry Potter fandom, or lack thereof"
k five came out just in time for my boyfriend and I to buy it in CD form and take it on a 10-day road trip around the American West. We covered 2,000 miles on that trip, sometimes staying on the road for eight hours a day, but the 26-hour audiobook sustained us;

Hehehehe..... I was there! They came and stayed on my couch! I feel so *famous*




actually thought R.A.B.'s identity seemed kind of obvious, but that probably just means that I'm unquestioningly accepting one of Rowling's red herrings. When I went back to re-read book VI, I was realized that I had forgotten that we didn't KNOW the identity of R.A.B., and that Ihad been assuming it all this time. When it turned out to be true, I was relieved. And proud of us all for being so smart. Although I KNOW I never came up with that -- I read it online somewhere.


multiple remaining horcruxes struck me as the kind of thing most fantasy writers would use as the basis for a whole new offshoot of books, Robert Jordan style. I mean, it took J.R.R. Tolkien three whole books just to cover the destruction of one powerful magical item,

Wasn't it great that the book didn't go that way, and SHE EVEN ADDED HALLOWS to be hunted down, and it STILL didn't end up that way?? (Although I moaned in pain when it turned out the locket wasn't destroyed yet.)

rry Potter books aren't great literature and don't deserve the kind of attention and devotion they've gotten. Maybe so, but isn't it still neat to see people devoting this kind of excitement and emotional charge surrounding a book? It makes me feel like I'm in the world of Jasper Fforde's literary-centric The Eyre Affair series. What would it be like if people got this excited about other literature, too?

AMEN AND AMEN! The thing about the HP books, which ARE great books, by the way, has been the EXPERIENCE. While there are certainly other awesome books out there, how many have you waited for with such anticipation -- getting into lively debates with real and online people about the upcoming events! All in all, the hype has just added to the thrill of the ride.



whole battle struck me as very cinematic, both in the sense that someone's really going to enjoy getting to put it all on film, and in the sense that it's an action-movie kickoff. I wonder whether Rowling has reached the point of thinking about the inevitable film adaptations as she's writing the books,

BITE YOUR TONGUE! I'm SURE that SaintMrs. Rowling wouldn't ever ever do something like that. (And BOY I hope the scene where George looses an ear get's into the last movie. When Fred's face was described I thought 'Squee! The twin actors get a meaty part this time! Yay!!')


hought the constant parade of "let's list everyone who's still missing" announcements was annoying, but a younger reader who'd lost track of the (gulp) 14 characters running around in that scene probably needed the help.

I have to disagree -- if I were in the same situation, I, too, would constantly be taking roll call. That said, WOW what a breathtaking chapter! And with a cast of 16 people -- just, wow.







MORE TO COME!
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Harry Potter Words I Would Like To Discuss [Jul. 30th, 2007|02:33 pm]
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(No Spoliers)


Someone please define:


spare
As in the use:
"We wanted to give (answers) to you, mate," said Ron. "Hermione was going spare, she kept saying you'd do something stupid if you were stuck all on your own without news....." OOTP page 63


waffle
As in the use:
Hermione: (after Umbridge's first speech) Yes, it certainly was illuminating.
Ron: You're not telling me you enjoyed it...."
Hermione: I said illuminating, not enjoyable. It explained a lot.
Harry: Did it? Sounded like a load of waffle to me.
OOTP page 214

titchy
As in the use:
Hermione: Ron, we're supposed to show the first years where to go!
Ron: Oh yeah, Hey -- hey you lot! Midgets!
Hermione: Ron!
Ron: Well, they are, they're titchy.....
Hermione: I know, but you can't call them midgets....
OOTP page 215



And, of course, for 3 books now I've been meaning to ask:

WHAT DOES WOTCHER MEAN, anyway? I always assumed it was something like "What are you doing?" as in "How are you doing?" or "What's up?"


ETA:
Yay! All my answers here! And a poem about wotcher!!
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Harry Potter VII Spoiler [Jul. 29th, 2007|11:20 pm]
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So,

Did Fang die in the last battle??? Or was it just an abandoned shoe?

And if you think it was the dog, were you reading the right copy???

Discuss:
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The Epilogue wasn't THAT bad [Jul. 26th, 2007|10:53 am]
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So, this is how JK Rowlings felt about the epilogue being leaked to the public.

Plus my comments -- which come to this:


I think the Epilogue!Hate is due to the fact that so many people READ IT OUT OF CONTEXT. (And if you had a leaked copy of JUST the last chapter, it only COULD be read out of context.) Thus Rowlings was very unhappy -- the chapter that was so hard to write, that had to come just at the right spot after just the right build-up, was read first and rejected with GREAT hatred. (I mean really, that's a LOT of hatred!)
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