Discussion: Animals in Books

Several Just-Us League members got together and had a chat about their favourite books with animals and different ways that animals are used in books. Have a read of our discussion and add your own comments at the bottom! What’s your favourite book with animals in? Louise: My favorite animal …

The Disney Effect, Part 2

Hello, everyone! I’m back with more Disney knowledge than you could ever possibly care about. Aren’t you excited? Since I only have so much space to talk, I’ll be skipping over a couple of movies, like Oliver and Company, which is an animal version of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. …

The Disney Effect, Part 1

Hello everyone! It’s Allie, the resident JL Disney expert. I’ve been to Disneyland hundreds of times, probably due to the fact that my dad worked for Disney in the R&D department when I was in high school, and my husband works in the Ride Engineering department now. Oh, and my …

Fictional Festivals

Writing fiction is hard. Writing fantasy can be even harder. Fully immersing your reader in your made-up world can sometimes seem impossible. How do you fit all that world building into your story without overwhelming or scaring off readers? One trick I was taught is to use reality to inspire …

Ten Amazing Fantasy & Sci-Fi Weapons

Fantasy weapons are awesome in many ways. Many are unique, and they all have different strengths and weaknesses. Below, I’ve chosen some of my favourite, and assessed their relative usefulness. Which will be the top weapon? Read on to find out!   The Proton Pack What it is: a handheld …

Ninjas & Samurais: Weapons in Japan

Our resident American-in-Japan, Corinne Morier, is here to tell us about Japanese weapons!   I studied Japanese language and culture in university, and during my four years there and three years since, I’ve studied quite a few aspects of Japanese culture, such as manners, idioms, history, and pop culture. But …