Having just read and enjoyed The Penderwicks, I found this blog post about different plot structures really interesting.
Also on the topic of writing, this is a very thoughtful article that neatly encapsulates many of my thoughts about the type of women that we currently see in fantasy. But N K Jemisin writes it so much better.
Tying in nicely with this is Kate Elliott's rant about how girls become accustomed to seeing male as the default and femaleness as an unusual distinguishing trait.
And finally (I said the links were random) a delightful crocheted Discworld! :)