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The City’s Son & The Glass Republic: The Best YA Fantasy Novels I’ve Read In Ages

A month or two ago, I won a competition for two books on Twitter. Author Tom Pollock (@tomhpollock) offered up the first two books of his Skyscraper Throne series, The City’s Son and The Glass Republic, and I figured I may as well enter. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just finished…

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Working like a Ninja (the Ninja Standing Desk)

Last week, to help counteract the negative implications of being a writer who also works a 40-hour-a-week day job, I bought a Ninja Standing Desk. A friend had told me about the desk – completely adjustable for one’s height and the cheapest standing desk on the market – and after some thoughts about whether or…

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The Independent’s New Stance on Gender-Biased Books

Reading my twitter feed this morning, I saw an article @AndrewDucker posted about the Independent on Sunday’s new policy towards reviewing children’s books: “Any Girls’ Book of Boring Princesses that crosses my desk will go straight into the recycling pile along with every Great Big Book of Snot for Boys. If you are a publisher…

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Netflix, Comcast and Pay-for-Play in a Post-Net-Neutrality World

A few weeks ago, the courts struck down Net Neutrality, which forbade internet providers from throttling information coming from competing services in the interest of a free and open internet. People were, quite rightly, upset. As part of the overall response to the news, one beacon of hope shone out – Netflix issued a statement…

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A Victory Lap

While there are obviously some things that aren’t going my way right now (hello, back injury!) there are some things that have happened this week that are nothing short of great. Here is a quick rundown: Costumes are being designed for “Ace in the Hole”… @girl_onthego started making costumes for Ace, what do you think?…