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Author: Lindsey Johnson

Hugo Squee: Part I

It’s time for everyone in our little literary corner of the world to think about the Hugo Awards, and all the nominees for this year. The Word Witches weigh in on some items they like, an ongoing series: Aynjel: “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad from Uncanny Magazine September/October 2017 https://uncannymagazine.com/article/fandom-for-robots/ If you’ve missed your daily dose of robot feels, “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad is the story you need to remedy that problem.  This story’s got 50s-style boxy robots, a fictional anime series and the fandom that surrounds it, including a fan fiction website.  And you…

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Witches’ March Roundup – Fan Squee

What’s a book you totally can’t stop thinking about? Something that makes you  want to discuss it and share it with everyone? Our coven has a few squees to share with you all. Aynjel: Have you ever read a book that feels like it was written just for you (but it’s actually impossible, because the author doesn’t know you)?  I’d never had that feeling before I read Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Orbit, 2017).  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved a lot of books, but everything about Into the Drowning Deep delighted me and made me gasp or…

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How to Write a Book Review – Easy-Peasy

Our own Love Witch/Ms Witch, Jasmine Silvera shared her quick-n-dirty guide to book and story reviews with us. We’re delighted to share it with everyone. Review Writing Cheat Sheet* Be specific Focus on one thing you liked: “I enjoyed the mature relationship built on respect!” Short and Sweet A useful review can be the length of a tweet. Remember “Designer Imposter” Perfume? Comparisons to other books or authors are a great way to help sub-genre lovers: “If you like Ilona Andrews, try this book!” “Negative” Reviews can be Helpful Too Don’t be afraid to say what didn’t work. Being specific…

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Happy Halloween from the Word Witches!

Halloween is a good witchy time to celebrate our website, and give it our full attention. After a big, busy summer, we’re ready to start witching in earnest, so we’re kicking things off on the witches’ favorite holiday! We are a small coven of creative individuals, who admire and want to promote each other. We enjoy nerding-out about creative endeavors; our own and those of others! Traditionally, those accused of witchcraft were considered outsiders or outspoken in some way. Women who were loud, people who bucked the norm. As writers and creative people, we think it’s important to be outspoken,…

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What Makes a Good Main Character?

What makes a main character my favorite? I’ve made a list of some of my favorite protagonists, from some of my favorite books, and thought about why they hooked me. I’m someone who is pulled in by character first, before ideas. I don’t have to directly relate to a character, but I do have to care about them, want to read about them, feel engaged in their struggle and their whole arc. Here is a list of some of my favorite protagonists of all time (not all of them, but still a very long list): Anne Shirley – Anne of…

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