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Six Literary Alternatives to the Elf on a Shelf

You probably know about "The Elf on a Shelf," a toy that parents can use to convince kids that a creepy elf is watching their every move. Which is basically the plot of George Orwell's 1984, right? So we wondered...what other forms of Thing-on-a-Thing-based holiday behavior modification could be taken from classic and contemporary literature? The possiblities are endless... or at least six.

Adventures in Book Arts: Three Places To Buy Beautiful Handmade Notebooks

Though I have probably a dozen blank notebooks in varying sizes and styles, I cannot resist buying more. The ability to create one's own journal or project portfolio is a skill that I've always wanted to develop, but until I do, I will continue to covet others' handmade gems.

The Geek's Guide to Dating Webseries: Ray & Melissa

Welcome to The Geek's Guide to Dating Webseries! From local bloggers to podcasters, indie video game developers to celebrated filmmakers, hard hitting journalists to award-winning storytellers, over the next few months geeks-of-all-kinds will be sharing their love stories and dishing out advice.

In this week's video, you'll meet local game developer Ray Merkler and publishing professional / Cupcake Friday Project founder Melissa Ward. Hit play to learn about how they fell in love over craft beer, and the importance of supporting one another.

On Shakespeare, On Austen, On Wordsworth and Carroll! Author Reindeer for Santa's Sleigh

Here at Quirk, we believe writers can do anything: star in movies, be superheroes...and pull sleighs. Why not? So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we thought it was time to divvy up Santa’s team of reindeer according to their famous author personalities...

Nine Adventurous Cross-Stitch Projects for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Whether you are killing time, waiting for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or needing to fill those moments between second breakfast and elevenses, I’ve gathered together nine incredible Tolkien-inspired cross-stitch patterns. Grab your supplies for these wonderful journeys in cross-stitch, and maybe some lembas to help keep you sated during your adventures.

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