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Field Trip Friday: August 17, 2012


A note: Is the Friday round up is too much for one day's internet-ing? If you're on Delicious, you can see links as they're added throughout the week. I *think* you can also suggest links to me for inclusion (or just use our submission form as usual).

THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- Lots of great stuff at WriteOnCon! Our own Phoebe North vlogs with Lenore Appelhans about blogging pet peeves; the Lucky 13s share writing tips and give away some prizes; Claire Legrand explains the difference between YA and MG; editors Rhoda Belleza and Lexa Hillyer explain the process of plotting, and lots, lots more!

- "Accept that there is no one way to make it as a writer and that the definition of making it is fluid and tiered." Roxane Gay has the post of the week: "How to Be a Contemporary Writer."

- Julie Eshbaugh helps you correct problems with pacing.

- BuzzFeed gathered "indispensable writing tips" from 30 famous authors. You could also try to get on their diets with Flavorwire's "How to Eat Like Your Favorite Authors."

- Nova Ren Suma reached her particular dream and wants to know yours.

- The co-founders of Twitter have launched a new publishing platform: Medium.

- Editor Molly O'Neill has five craft-developing exercises for writers.

- Having trouble revising? Kate Messner shares 65 off-draft writing prompts to get you started again (via Lynne Kelley).

- Want to read the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels? Check out this year's Bulwer-Lytton Contest winners.


THIS WEEK IN READING

- Foz Meadows takes a look at sex, desire, and fan fiction.

- Linda Sue Park and Laurie Halse Anderson both weighed in on the lack of diversity in NPR's Top 100 YA list.

- Find out more about YA sci fi and the Norton Award from author and award juror E.C. Myers.

- "A Critic’s Case for Critics Who Are Actually Critical," at the NYT.

- The Wisconsin State Journal points out that books fail to accurately represent our increasingly diverse world. (via Alex Hinrichs)


THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

- Lots of talk this week about The Millions's article on "navigating the world of literary agents," which featured a large pull quote saying "it's all about who you know." Agent Holly Root says that's oversimplified: it's more about proving your talent and finding people to vouch for you.

- This week's YA link bait: Laura Miller thinks there's no prestige in YA. *cue world's saddest song played on world's tiniest violin* (Seriously, I searched for her name, then "prestige" in my Google Reader, and not a single person out of the 1000+ blogs I follow bothered to respond. High five, YA-dom.)

- Cheryl Klein gives six reasons why everything in publishing takes so long.

- The entire student staff of The Red and Black Newspaper, which covers University of Georgia news, has walked off the job in protest of new journalistic "standards." (via Saundra Mitchell)

- Veronica Rossi shares how a breakup prepared her for negative reviews.

- Turns out "Generation Y" is the most book-loving generation alive (via HarperOne).

- Whether it's writing, agenting, or any other venture, agent Kristin Nelson says, "Feel the fear, but do it anyway."

- "If your content is as good and valuable as you think it is, then think about it as a service people will pay for rather than a series of products that you print out and ship," says Laura Dawson.

- KidlitCon is coming up! Lizzy Burns has more details.

- Jane Friedman has tips on building a better author bio on Twitter.

- Need help with your blog? Consider what offer it's making to readers.

- Want to be a children's librarian? Some things you might not know about the job, from Jenn Estepp.


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- In the wake of cheating controversy, Kristen Stewart got dropped from the Snow White sequel. Several people called bullshit: Jodie Foster wrote a defense on The Daily Beast, this blogger gives Hollywood an A+ for sexism, and Genevieve Valentine explains "What We Talk About When We Talk About KStew." (Meanwhile Will Ferrell is really, really upset on Conan; Robert Pattinson is a little more chill eating ice cream with Jon Stewart.)

- Paul Miller reports on month three of his year without internet.

- Sleep researchers have found some interesting connections between dreaming and depression.

- Eagle Scouts from all over the country are returning their badges in protest of the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policies.

- Need a quick "intro to privilege" video? Hey White Guys is a good place to start.

- Relevant to piracy issues: Rapper/writer Dessa Darling looks at music copyright, heirloom seeds, and compares Apple's TOS with Monsanto's. (I have a serious, serious lady crush on this woman.)

- Legendary editor Helen Gurley Brown passed away this week at the age of 90.


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

Idea for new apocalyptic story: Giant catfish burglars. (via Ginger Clark

I liked this poem: "I Once Dated a Writer" (via Laurie Devore)

Some cool infographics:

And finally, Calvin and Hobbes gifs!



Happy Friday!


Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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6 comments:

  1. I love all the links on Friday! I just open every one I want to read and then save it throughout the weekend (or one big Friday gorge depending on my plans).

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  2. Of course, I clicked on the state map. It's okay, Oregon, I don't think you're boring :)

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  3. Seriously, y'all. I don't know what I'd do without my Field Trip Friday. Look forward to it every week! (I'm much too lazy to find this stuff on my own.)

    Thanks!

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  4. Thanks y'all, so glad you enjoy it!

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  5. I think LM probably expected the YA community to come out in droves to argue against her point. *yawn* Nobody really cares about her opinion, though.

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  6. By the way, you are so incredibly amazing for compiling these every week. Another reason I love Fridays!

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