Hello all! Kate is out of town this week, so I'm taking over Field Trip Friday. Sadly, I am not as awesome as Kate when it comes to this post (let's face it, no one is!) so take it easy on me, and pray for Kate's speedy return - WE MISS HER!
Without further ado . . . FTF!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Pub(lishing) Crawl has a guest post by Imogen Howsen on writing futuristic fiction in (what feels like) a science fiction world.
Here's some writing . . . uh, encouragement for George R. R. Martin . . . in song!
THIS WEEK IN READING
Nerdfighters, "Paper Towns," and Heterotopia, a fascinating article on Transformative Works and Cultures about how teens find "spaces" for expression in YA.
Speaking of Kate Hart, she did a guest post this week for Stacked Books' "So You Want To Read YA" series.
Ever hated a movie version of a book you loved? MentalFloss has a post about 11 authors who hated the movies made from their books. Some of them will definitely surprise you.
Cracked has a great video on surviving life as a character in a bad work of fiction.
School Library Journal breaks down how many starred reviews it takes to win a Printz Award. Charts included!
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
The absolutely awesome Malinda Lo breaks down some facts about this year's LGBT YA publications, complete with pie charts.
"A great pitch is only the beginning." LitStack has an interview with Susan Katz of HarperCollins.
Kelly Jensen at Stacked Books talks about librarians, bloggers, and the ARC snagging at ALA this year. She raises some questions and concerns about the distribution of advanced copies at conferences.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
"Because we’re all individuals – we’re all big enough to contain multiple enthusiasm, multiple ways of life" An amazing post by Claudia Gray about the problem with phrases like "I'm not like the other girls."
What will the year 2065 look like? One psychic predicts moon colonies and polygamy. Sounds like a YA novel to me!
Here is an interesting Common Sense Media study on how teens view their digital lives.
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
Stacked Books has giveaways going for Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, and Crazy by Amy Reed.
Kari at A Good Addiction has a cover reveal and a giveaway for Emily Murdoch's If You Find Me.
Ashelynn at Gypsy Book Reviews is celebrating her 300th follower and giving away lots of books, so check that out here.
Happy Friday, y'all!