Teaching to Learn

- by Elaine Isaak

Tomorrow, I’ll be at the New Hampshire Writers’ Project Writers Day, teaching World-building 101.  This conference is a fun one-day event that attracts writers from around New England to teach and to learn.  And one of the things I’ve learned is that those two activities are intimately connected. One measure of how well you understand […]

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Critiquing: The Big Picture

- by Elaine Isaak

There’s a great movie called “The Creator” with Peter O’Toole as this rather wacky professor taking on a grad student to help him clone his dead wife.  He claims all of the student’s time, and marks him down as receiving his education in, “The Big Picture.” I was reminded of this lately when looking at […]

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Oh Brave New World that has such E-books in it!

- by Elaine Isaak

Last year, I asked for a Kindle for Christmas–mainly because Kindle is currently dominating the e-reader market, and I wanted to know what my readers are experiencing when they read a book this way.  It makes me feel slightly guilty, especially after my local independent bookstore, Toadstool Bookshop of Milford, Peterborough and Keene, NH, came […]

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Too Much Freakin’ Magic

- by Elaine Isaak

Ya know, I like magic as much as the next person. . . no, I think I have to take that back.  I don’t like magic when it’s just a big special effects show.  I like magic to be fully integrated with the plot and characters of the book.  I don’t need to know how […]

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