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    #graphicnovelfora14yearoldgirl

    Hereville: How Mirka got her Sword by Barry Deutsch. (A fun story about a little Jewish girl who goes off to slay a dragon, meets a troll, has an epic fight with a pig, and other wonderfully fun things. Highly suggest you look into this for her, I think it would be highly appropriate. There are so Hebrew words in it but it has the definitions and small footnotes.)

    I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly& J. M. Ken Niimura. (Deals with bullying and trauma so it might not quite be appropriate... I would have to read it again, but I remember thinking it would be good for teenagers.)

    Little White Mouse by Paul Sizer. (Fun, big story about a teenage girl in the future that gets lost in space and is finding her way home. Again, I remember thinking it would be good for teenagers when I read it but it's been awhile so hopefully my memory serves me right.)

    Pride of Baghdad by Brian K Vaughan & Niko Henrichon. (Great story about a pride of lions after a bombing in Baghdad. Very heavy book though; deals with the death of a loved one.

    Suburban Glamour by Jamie McKelvie. (Imaginary friends becoming real, attacking monsters, and faeries. But again, don't remember it enough to promise that it's age appropriate but I'm pretty sure it is.)

    Scott Pilgrim

    Scary Godmother by Jill Thomson. (She might be a little too old for this, but it's entertaining stories with great art. My wife loves it.)

    I'll think on this some more... but Hereville is my number one suggestion.
    And Bone.

    And maybe Locke & Key but that may be too graphic... actually, yeah, it really probably is...
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2013
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    #coldcalling
    I work as an educator for a spirits company, and I'd like to say that the beverage industry is insanely nepotistic and cliquey, I would suggest getting to know the people who write the columns, and to try to get a job working for a brewery / brand etc. to become part of the local network. In the UK most drinks writers are ex brand ambassadors/ bartenders/ sommeliers
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2013
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    @scrymgeour,

    I guess I don't really give off the impression that I do much within the local network of the beer industry, so I'll explain a bit.

    Yes, I do. I know all the columnists because we're all on the same press list and hang out frequently both at events and privately for lunch/dinner/pints. Likewise with folks at breweries and bars. In the nearly three years I've been doing this, I've done, I think, a pretty good job of getting a respectable reputation within the industry. Not just with getting to know people, but also of getting my name out enough to be a feature on TV, radio, newspapers, and events (which I either speak at or judge).

    I've attempted to get a job in a brewery, but the Ontario beer scene is quite different than the UK in that all our local breweries are still pretty small and, for the most part, bare bones. More often than not when I would apply to work in the marketing department, the main branch where I can say with confidence that I would be a perfect fit, I would be told that the position was already filled by the brewmaster's wife, who doesn't get paid very much. And even then, after a lot of thinking about it, I decided that I like being a Beer Writer. Unlike in the UK, our writers didn't start out in the industry.

    tl;dr, thanks for the suggestion, but those fields are already pretty well covered. :)
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2013
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    #coldcalling

    I think it's best not to address it aggressively. You don't ever want to insult their writer and say you'll be doing a better job, but likewise, you can't ignore the fact that they have a writer established. I'd just focus on what you would be adding to the site and frame it as continuing the coverage they're doing. You're not necessarily trying to replace their writer (as far as they should be aware, heh) just expanding their market to include your journalism. Team player and all.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2013
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    #coldcalling

    Ooooh, Glu's advice is great.

    ... I don't have anything helpful to add, except try to imbue whatever you do with as much of your personality as possible while still maintaining a sense of professionalism. You need to convince them that you're awesome. I mean, we all believe that (obviously), but I know from experience that it's pretty mega-weird to talk oneself up when one has a touch of the ol' impostor syndrome.

    Just remember: you got this, you're awesome, and there's no one like you.

    If you ever feel squicky or like you're being self-aggrandizing, just get in touch with one of us and we'll remind you that you're a pretty special lady.
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    Eek - I'm mid article, which is already late, and I'm trying to track down the details on an app I found last year that turns pictures/photographs into intarsia knitting patterns... I had it but not on a device and its definitely not on the cloud any more and I cannot remember its name.... Wha!!!!

    can anyone work their brain or ravelry better than I can? (I asked on ravelry but, yeah that...).
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2013
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    #Knitmania

    Perhaps not an iOS app, but a webapplication? knitPro
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    I've an Aunt in the hospital/rehab. What is a good and not TOO expensive thing I can send to her that is #coolerthanflowers ?
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2014
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    #coolerthanflowers

    a bouquet of comfy yet fashionable socks?
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2014 edited
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    #coolerthanflowers

    Something she can pamper herself with - maybe some nice soaps or shampoo, some handcream, or something else that smells good?
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    #coolerthanflowers

    Some sort of favourite non-proscribed food that she nonetheless can't get hold of in there. It's the single worst thing about hospital stays, over and above the noise, the lack of privacy and the lack of sleep - the institutional food.
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    #coolerthanflowers

    I should have been more specific; sorry. I mean to ask for online places that would deliver gifts that are #coolerthanflowers, not just things I can mail myself. I've been looking, but aside from a fruit basket, expensive cheese, or stuffed animals, I can't seem to find anything cool.
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    For certain values of
    #coolerthanflowers

    Pizza places with online ordering?
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    #coolerthanflowers

    What about fresh fruit? If she has any way to keep it fresh, there are lots of options, but even if she doesn't, oranges or apples keep easily and would help make the room smell nice.
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    #coolerthanflowers

    A couple of good books?
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2014
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    So a while ago I asked folks about dealing with friction rashes on the thigh area and a lot of people suggested wearing different pants, which is all well and good, but if I want to wear jeans, I don't want to risk that.

    Body Glide. Unscented and oil-free. Works like a freakin' charm. Even treats areas that already have friction burn.

    Just thought I'd share that in case other people were having trouble with that.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2014
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    #CatScratch

    How do I stop my cat from scratching at the door ?

    She's a half-feral creature, born in the wild (in the garden) and doesn't meow much. The only way she knows to get my attention so that I will let her in is to scratch at the door. I tried using a repellent marketed "for outside use" on the door but it doesn't really stop her.

    Any ideas ?

    Note that when she's inside and wants to be let out, she's perfectly capable of meowing. She never scratches at the door from inside, or at anything else.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2014
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    #CatScratch

    You might have to bite the bullet and get a pet door... (assuming this is the external property door we're talking about?)

    Could stick something onto the door where she wants to scratch that has a texture she won't like, but finding a material she doesn't like touching might take some time.

    Cats are *really* hard to train out of a habit once they're adults...
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2014
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    #CatScratch

    @Flabyo I would if I could but...



    I don't think it's possible on a door like that
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2014
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    #CatScratch

    I wonder if the scratching is solely for your attention? If she's only doing it when he's outside, could it be as a territorial marking to warn off other cats? If so, maybe you can see about discouraging them from coming into your garden.