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Blogging 101: Finding Your Blog Niche—Tracing the Evolution of Blogs on the Internet

Jan 22, 2019

Blogs have dominated the Internet for two decades now and have grown from humble personal pages into professional archives, effective marketing tools, and interactive resources. If you’re still feeling stuck on where you belong in the blogosphere, read on to find out more about the many kinds of blogs. Online Diaries Blogs originated in the ’90s as a way for people to log their experiences, reflections, and opinions. In fact, the word “blog” itself is a shortened version of “web logging.” Early blogs allowed people to create archives of memories, very much like how one keeps a diary. Another function of early blogs was to serve as an archive of links that one may find useful......

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A Primer on the Reality of Magic: A Series Overview of The Magicians

Jan 20, 2019

Magic is very much real in The Magicians—it’s not just the parlor trick street magicians do. There’s even a school for it: Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. The Magicians is a SyFy series that first aired on December 16, 2015. Based on Lev Grossman’s adult trilogy of the same name, it follows Quentin Coldwater and his best friend Julia Wicker as they discover their talents for magic. Quentin gets into Brakebills, and there, he meets the astute Alice, royal duo Margo and Eliot, traveler Penny, and battle magician Kady. The show sees this ensemble go on a whimsical adventure filled with strange magic, gory consequences, and a lot of jumping between worlds as they attempt to......

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Portrait of a Filipino Writer: Nick Joaquin

Jan 17, 2019

As one of the most renowned English writers in Philippine history, Nick Joaquin crafted memorable stories that not only promoted a multifaceted appreciation for Filipino culture but also presented hard-hitting critique and insights into the religious, political, and socioeconomic history of his overcolonized home country, a true testament to the saying “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Joaquin was born in Paco, Manila, on May 4, 1917, the fifth of ten children whose mother was an English/Spanish teacher and whose father was a colonel under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo during the Philippine Revolution of 1896 against Spanish colonizers. As a child, Joaquin was an avid reader of his mo......

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Grammar Chaos: Knowing the Difference between Keel and Kneel

Jan 16, 2019

Tripping over in front of a crowd can be embarrassing, painful, and sometimes, scarring. Misusing a word can be just as mortifying, but what’s important is that we recover from the fall and learn from our mistake. The words keel and kneel tend to confuse people with their similarities—let’s get into their specifics now before we learn them the hard way. Keel and kneel have nearly the same spelling, and this can make it hard to read. But they differ substantially in their pronunciation, as their first syllables are pronounced differently. The former starts with a /k/ sound, and the latter begins with an /n/ sound. Reading the words out loud will help determine which is which at th......

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Fiction Starter Pack: The Basic Elements of Fiction Writing

Jan 15, 2019

Creative writing has many forms, and there are many approaches to writing any single one of them. For fiction, the first thing to do is think and imagine story elements, but what follows? How does one go about writing it down and arranging it in a manner that makes sense? People still haven’t fully agreed on the number of elements that strictly constitute fiction. So for now, let’s go with six key elements: setting, characters, plot, point of view, theme, and style. The first three elements are geared toward the structure and content of the fictional world Setting This includes geography, culture, language, government, livelihood, among others. Every world’s special tw......

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Sci-fi and Spec-fic Author Ursula K. Le Guin Passes Away at 88

Jan 14, 2019

“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin passed away last January 22, 2018. The author’s death was officially announced by her family through her Facebook page. Le Guin passed away in her home in Portland, Oregon. Her son Theo Downes-Le Guin did not disclose the cause of her death but said that she had been in poor health for several months. She was 88 years old. Le Guin is most popular for novels such as The Left Hand of Darkness, a 1969 science fiction novel set on a planet called Gethen, and her young adult Earthsea series. She wrote 20 novels and more t......

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Grammar Chaos: Seeing Double

Jan 13, 2019

When typing sentences, do you hit the space bar twice or just once? If you’re wondering why someone would double-space after sentences, well, you were probably born in the late 1990s or in the 2000s, so read on to find out. One of the hottest debates in editing these days involve the humble space bar. Apparently, people are still arguing whether or not a double space is required after sentences, considering that we all use computers. For someone who’s been using computers all their life, this may seem like a no-brainer. However, let’s go back to a time before computers were as sleek and small as they are today. When typesetting was new, all characters were given the same space to......

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Moving Words and Moving Pictures: Stephen Chbosky

Jan 10, 2019

In the late nineties, one novel—film director and screenwriter Stephen Chbosky’s only novel—resonated with a self-conflicted yet emotionally rich generation of young adults. Since then, he has been dubbed one of the most moving and intimate storytellers for young American readers, turning the spotlight on teen issues, childhood trauma, and lasting friendships. Chbosky was born on January 25, 1970, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his mother a tax preparer and his father an executive and consultant at a steel factory. As a fan of “the classics, horror, and fantasy, the young Chbosky admired the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, and J. D. Salinger—particularly The Catch......

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