|Candidate Hart, President Obama, and President Snow|
Due to Kate Hart's recent decision to run for president, Michelle Schusterman will be covering all your field trip pit stops this week while Mrs. Hart prepares speeches and hefty bags filled with sparkly confetti.
(What party is she running for? The After Party, of course.)*
THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
THE CAST FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED HUNGER GAMES MOVIE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!
Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Katniss Everdeen for the Hunger Games movie...snore. The real news is the casting director's shocking decision to bring a more... animated element to the rest of the characters. Check out the list, and let us know your favorites (or biggest disappointments!) in the comments.
|The Girl on Fire can only choose one...|
Gale Hawthorne: Snape. To clarify – Alan Rickman playing Snape playing Gale. In a word? HAWT.
Haymitch Abernathy: Moe Szyslak, of The Simpsons fame. Rumor has it Katniss's infamous fiery dress will be replaced in the movie with a fabulous, revolution-inspiring cocktail referred to as, at Mr. Szyslak's insistence, a "Flaming Cinna." (NOT to be confused with the Flaming Homer, which he claims tastes like horse piss.)
Effie Trinket: Miss Piggy. Says the casting director: "She just rocks the pink."
Prim Everdeen: Rebecca Black. Prim really, really looks forward to the weekend, explains the casting director. And she is intelligent enough to know what day is Wednesday, what day is Thursday and what day is Reaping Day.
President Snow: The man himself: Frosty. Photos are not yet available – please save yourself the trauma of doing a Google image search for Evil President Frosty Snowman.
Cinna: Tim Gunn. (And for those of you saying "but he's not animated," clearly you've never watched Project Runway.)
Rue: Dora the Explorer. But not the cutie pie we all know and love. Sexy Teen Dora will be tackling the tragic role of Rue.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- A new series of workshops for both published and unpublished writers will be held this July in Hertfordshire, England. Led by successful author and master Jedi Yoda, these workshops will focus on helping writers Force stories to bend to their will. There is no registration fee, but attendees must find the secret entrance to the cantina in which the workshops are held.
When asked to comment on what writers might expect to learn, Yoda responded: "Cantina leads to drink. Drink leads to imbalance. Imbalance leads to writing."
- Eight ways to make your editor's day, from Alison Janssen at Hey Dead Guy.
- Rachelle Gardner explains what fiction editors look for in your characters.
- Special Topics In Calamity Novel Repair (aka The Intern's series on novel revision).
- Why you need to make yourself completely unavailable, from Coach Creative.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- The lovely Cleolinda Jones rounds up the latest on the Wicked Pretty Things mess.
- Perez Hilton is penning a children's book. Sadly that link is not an April Fool's joke.
- Enid Rollins became an ultra-conservative alcoholic gynecologist having an affair with a shoe salesman. Wondering what else is up with the Sweet Valley crew, all grown up? The Washington Post reviews the new "adult" book Sweet Valley Confidential. Do yourself a favor – pour a glass of wine (with ice) and read the first few pages.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Today marks the one-year anniversary of the arrival of our eBook overlords in Manhattan, otherwise known as IPAD. We bow to you, mighty electronic masters, and our newest leader, the great IPADTOO.
- Beth Revis has the mother of all "how-to social networking" posts.
- eWriting4Kids gives you a plan for "8 Weeks to Social Marketing Domination."
- Phoebe North shares Goodreads tips for authors.
- Andrew Smith lays out his criteria for book blogger evaluation.
- On author's commenting on reviews of their books: There's bad. And then there's very, very bad. And then the internet proves it, too, can be very, very bad.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Teen angst? That is so Elizabethan. The New York Times explains how Shakespeare invented teenagers.
- We dare you to use these stock photos. (via Buzzfeed)
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
Abby Stevens is having a 200 followers giveaway!
- Win NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS by Rachel Ward or DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY by Kathryn Lasky from Teen Reads!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
*Mrs. Hart would like to say that in her defense, she is not Team Edward. She votes solidly in the Team Jackson Rathbone camp.