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The Burning Question: Is It Favor or Fervor?

Mar 20, 2019

Feelings can be just as confusing as words that sound almost identical. Favor and fervor are two such words, and the emotions associated with them can sometimes be just as discombobulating. For better self-expression and language mastery, it helps to know the distinction between the two—so let’s get on with it. Both favor and fervor are nouns that define inclinations or feelings toward certain things or persons. Coupled with their similar spelling, this makes this pair even more confusing. However, an important difference between the two is that one serves to amplify such feelings and the other expresses it. The amplifier here is fervor, and it denotes an “intensity of feeling o......

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Tips and Tricks of the Blogger Trade

Mar 19, 2019

Today the Internet is chock-full of blogs. Whether you’re looking for baking tips, political insights, fitness regimens, or fashion trends, there’s definitely a blog for those. Many websites also offer platforms that allow anyone to start a blog of their own with just a few clicks. Yes, the Internet is loaded with blogs, but not everyone “makes it.” Creating a blog for fun or leisure is easy, but if you want to go big, you’ve got to go viral. In Internet lingo, “going viral” means being spread rapidly or being shared multiple times on various social media channels. Going viral is no easy feat, especially for newbie bloggers. For all wannabe bloggers out there, we interviewed the......

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When Love Arrives: Jojo Moyes

Mar 14, 2019

If you’re the type of reader who’s into dramatic stories and swoon-worthy romances, try to reach for a novel by Jojo Moyes the next time you’re looking for something to read. Once a hard-core journalist, romance author Jojo Moyes has entranced millions of readers worldwide with her international best seller Me Before You. Pauline Sara-Jo Moyes, better known as Jojo Moyes to her readers, was born in Maidstone, England. Moyes always knew that she was going to be a writer and had already done different writing and writing-related jobs even before she entered university. She used to work as a Braille typist and as a brochure writer at Club 18-30. Moyes continued on her path to becomin......

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Grammar Chaos: Confounding Compound Adverbs

Mar 13, 2019

If you studied English grammar, you probably know what compound words are. These are two (or more) words joined together to create new words. Pretty much the same works for compound adverbs; what differs is function. Compound adverbs, also called compound modifiers, are compound words specifically used to modify verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, or entire clauses. Sometimes, compound adverbs are called adverbial phrases when they are made of multiple separate words. Compound adverbs are everywhere, and English does not exactly have specifics about compound adverbs. The biggest problem about these adverb compounds is knowing when and when not to hyphenate. Here are some easy tricks......

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From the Ground Up: The Foundations of World-building

Mar 12, 2019

Some of us have dreamt of living in another world with magic, advanced technology, and fantastical creatures. However, this daydream can be a bit tedious when we start applying it to our stories. World-building creates the environment that your characters interact with. It also helps readers distinguish this fascinating world from real life. What made Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children special was... well, the peculiar children who could make plants grow instantaneously or float right up into the clouds, right? Making unique worlds come to life is one of the best things a writer can do. But having the fate of a world on our shoulders is a daunting task, no? It’s understa......

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Netflix to Adapt Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia for TV and Film

Mar 11, 2019

On October 3, Netflix closed a deal with the CS Lewis company to develop a series and films based on Lewis’s highly acclaimed fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Not many details have been revealed regarding the project, but Netflix will be creating both a series of films and a television series taking place within the Narnian universe. The Chronicles of Narnia is a high fantasy series taking place mostly in the fictional world of Narnia and is primarily led by four Pevensie siblings who travel to the world and eventually becomes its rulers. “It is wonderful to know that folks from all over are looking forward to seeing more of Narnia, and that the advances in production......

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Cornelia Funke: German Wordsmith

Mar 07, 2019

It takes great skill for an author to capture the innocence of childhood and have it portrayed by a child who has gone through so much. Cornelia Funke manages to do this in both German and English languages. Cornelia Maria Funke (foon-ka) was born in Dorsten, Germany. As a child, she wanted to become an astronaut or a pilot, but she grew up and got a teaching degree from the University of Hamburg. She was a social worker for three years, focusing on children from impoverished backgrounds. She took a short course in illustration and shifted careers. Funke started with designing board games and illustrating books by other writers. She later on realized that she wanted more stories,......

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Letters to Lovelorn Teens: Jenny Han

Mar 07, 2019

When it comes to writing heartwarming stories of young love, lasting friendships, the perils of puberty, and hope after high school, Jenny Han knows just what to do to capture the attention and admiration of her young-adult readers. After the film adaptation release of one of her best-selling novels, Han is back in the spotlight with a fan base that just keeps growing and growing. Han was born on September 3, 1980, in Richmond, Virginia, the elder of two daughters of Korean parents who immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. Raised in a Korean American community, Han grew up with fellow Asian kids and a deep appreciation for her Korean roots. In a 2011 interview, Han shared......

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