Cinderella · NovElla

Into the Music

Be careful what you wish for… As far as fairytale mashups go, you can’t get a more thorough entanglement than Into the Woods. The recent Disney movie brought Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Jack of beanstalk fame, and Rapunzel to the big screen, along with a baker whose story ties the other tales together. I watched… Continue reading Into the Music

Historical · Music · NovElla · Quotes

Happy Birthday Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) “The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another…and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.”  

NovElla · Quotes · Science Fiction · The Hobbit · YA

Mixed Prose

What do you think about mixing different styles of writing? About adding songs and poetry into a fictional book? Sometimes it feels as though every new YA novel is using poetry epigraphs at the start of each chapter. Authors have actually been mixing it up this way for centuries! Even Shakespeare frequently used poetry in… Continue reading Mixed Prose

Education · Grammar · NovElla

You Can’t Stop the … Zeugma

It’s Hairspray! I’m here with Corny Collins and we’re going to see a fun application of grammar in the popular musical Hairspray. “Can’t tell a verb from a noun They’re the nicest kids in town” – Corny Collins   Grammar may sound boring, and for me, let’s just say it wasn’t love at first sight.… Continue reading You Can’t Stop the … Zeugma