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development and deviation

A Birthday
how to develop an idea. . .

The biggest question is often whether you should go haring off every wild idea that comes along.

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Basic Economics

Golden Hair
Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide To The Economy by Thomas Sowell

Exactly what it describes.  The basics of economics for the general audience.  Starting out with the observation that we may think we don't own beachfront property because of its price.  The reality is -- we don't own beachfront property because there's a lot more people who'd like to own it than there is property to be owned.  Price is just the way to sort things out.

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On Christmas night all Christians sing

Dawn
On Christmas night all Christians sing,
To hear the news the angels bring;
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from "The Shop of Ghosts"

Galahad
I went into the shop and tried to buy wooden soldiers. The man in the shop was very old and broken, with confused white hair covering his head and half his face, hair so startlingly white that it looked almost artificial. Yet though he was senile and even sick, there was nothing of suffering in his eyes; he looked rather as if he were gradually falling asleep in a not unkindly decay. He gave me the wooden soldiers, but when I put down the money he did not at first seem to see it; then he blinked at it feebly, and then he pushed it feebly away.

"No, no," he said vaguely. "I never have. I never have. We are rather old-fashioned here."

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eyebrows and research

Cat
Eyebrows, that's the ticket.  I shall have a character make dire predictions about the heroine because her eyebrows don't meet in the middle.

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Steadfast

Golden Hair
Steadfast by Jack Campbell

I think the series is fumbling a bit here because of over extension.  Especially after the dramatic conclusion of the last, for all its drama, this one is a bit episodic.  (I think it picks up a continuing thread toward the end for the next books.)
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Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming

Galahad
Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
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Imperfect Sword

Golden Hair
Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell

The third Lost Stars book.  Spoilers ahead for the first two -- and less so, for the Lost Fleet.

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fairy tale weddings

East of the Sun
So fooling around with getting the prince to defy his father's command to not marry until the father returns from war. . . .

And thinking jealousy might help.  Whereupon I remembered I was setting this in a world where lots and lots and lots of fairy tales come true.  All I needed was some.

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