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Astrid Scholte
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Event recap: Kids and YA festival
Yesterday I
attended the Kids and YA festival at the beautiful and inspiring NSW Writers’
Centre in Sydney. I’ve attended numerous courses, festivals and
symposiums at the NSW Writers’ Centre and they have always been enjoyable and
worthwhile, but yesterday...

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Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your
Dragon 2 , like all good sequels, raises the stakes. Everything is bigger
and bolder: the scope of the world, the themes and, of course, the dragons.
It’s a darker instalment than the original, but it is all the better for it. When we retu...

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Manipulation (At The Movies)
Last Tuesday I watched ABC’s At the Movies with Margaret and David—part of my normal Tuesday
evening viewing program. And while I don’t always agree with Margaret and David
(Margaret, for example, doesn’t like animated films…), I respect their opinions.

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Review: Don't Even Think About It
Title: Don't Even Think About It Author:  Sarah Mlynowski Pages: 304 Published: July 2014 by Hachette Children's Books Source: Publisher (via NetGalley) Synopsis (from Publisher) Imagine if EVERYONE could hear your thoughts: your best friend, your worst ene...

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Tips for Managing Creativity
Like most aspiring writers with a full-time job, I often struggle to find time to dedicate to my writing. In the past I've managed to finish projects through my sheer passion for the idea, but sometimes passion, or inspiration, isn't enough. Sometimes I nee...

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The Fault in Our Stars movie review
*Please note: there are spoilers in this review. For those who have not read TFiOS, you have been warned. Review: The Fault in Our Stars should not have been my kind of movie. I like blockbusters, sweeping fantasies and dark and
gritty dystopias. The Fault ...

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Book versus film trailers
I consider myself a bit of a trailer expert. Or perhaps, trailer addict is a more accurate description. I’ve been known
to declare that trailers are the best part of going to the movies. They're this
perfect morsel of a story that has the right blend of int...

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Review: Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
Title: Razorhurst Author: Justine Larbalestier Pages: 384 Published: July 2014 by Allen & Unwin Source: Publisher Synopsis (from publisher): The setting: 1932, Razorhurst. Two competing mob bosses - Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson - have reached a fragile p...

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My one year Blogoversary!
one year ago I started this blog. At the time, I was unsure of exactly what blogging was all about
and whether anyone would even bother to read it—outside my immediate family, of
course. But I’ve been amazed by every comment, retweet, like, share an...

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Short attention spans and the future of entertainment
I find myself surrounded by people who love books. Whether it’s
following publishers and authors online, conversing with fellow book bloggers
or frequenting book launches and events, I feel like everyone around me reads…
But is this a proper representation ...
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