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Field Trip Friday: September 14, 2012


- The ladies at Pub(lishing) Crawl look at different ways they use music to write. (If you enjoy their playlists and song suggestions, keep an eye out, because we have a new music-related recurring feature coming soon!)

- Time to get your (3) act together! Paper Lantern Lit has another great installment of their Writer's Toolbox series.

- "It turns out these writers had misplaced their conflict in various ways. It’s like keeping gasoline in the trunk of your car instead of putting it in the tank." Fantastic post from Hilary Smith on fixing conflict issues in your book.

- Boarding school settings are popular, but are they realistic? Julie Cross interviews real boarding students about their schools.


- Jess Silverstein sent me this funny link to The Awl's "The Cost of Being a Kid in a Classic Adventure Novel."

- Looking for something to read? The 2012 Man Book Prize shortlist is announced, and Kelly Jensen has a list of fall YA debuts over at The Hub.

- Why was Reading Rainbow taken off the air? "Politics," says former host LeVar Burton. "We're literally sacrificing our kids."

- Teen Librarian's Toolbox asks, "Is fat the last acceptable prejudice?"

- Is this book bad, or is it just me? The Millions on the anatomy of a book review.

Who wrote it, Terrence Malick or Stephenie Meyer? (I got all but one right. I am not ashamed.)

- McSweeney's has an open letter from Becca Cahil to "that looks that slowly forms on your face when I tell you I am a librarian." (via Lauren Gibaldi)


- Really scary stuff: Agent Pam van Hylckama was attacked in her car yesterday by a rejected writer. We're glad you're okay, Pam!

- If you're not too scared to do the job after that last link, Mandy Hubbard has a guide to becoming in a literary agent in just two steps.

- Is misjudging your own genre an auto-rejection? Jennifer Laughran helps you calm down.


- Mark your calendars for March 21, 2014: That's the release day set for the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent!

- I think Bella just kicked someone in the face? THAT IS NOT CANON. But it should be. Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters in November, and the Mary Sue has the trailer.

- Brain Pickings features Tim Hughes's letter to his son about the universal inner child.

- Love this post from Wil Wheaton: Depression lies.


- The YA Book Queen has an interview with Sarah Beth Durst and you can win a copy of her new release, Vessel!

- YA Confidential is celebrating its anniversary with a huge international book giveaway! Congrats, guys!

- This is really awesome: Simon and Schuster has launched a contest to redesign the iconic book jacket of Fahrenheit 451. The winning design will be used for the first print run of the anniversary edition in the spring of 2013, and the designer will be awarded $1,500. Entries can be submitted and viewed on their Tumblr


- Tavi Gevinson, 16-year-old editor of Rookieteaches Jimmy Fallon how to bitchface.

This guy live-tweeted his entire acid trip.


Nailed it.

I'll be traveling next Friday, so the lovely Kaitlin Ward will be your Field Trip tour guide. See you in two weeks!
Oops, I was off by a week. As you were. See you next week!

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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  1. Field Trip Fridays are the highlight of my week, thank you.

    Greetings from Argentina!

  2. I got two wrong on that Meyer/Malick quiz!

    Love that Tom Riddle pic! Haha!

  3. I agree with Maru...I always look forward to this post! And thanks for the shout out for my book!

  4. LOL so much I freaking teared up on the Tom Marvolo Riddle.

  5. oh thanks for the shout out for Julie's post! Next week we're talking about death and dying books. ;)

  6. yay!! that's why I got so many page hits on boarding school post! you guys rock and so do those two girls that let me bug them about boarding school. I have an unhealthy obsession, but I'm too old to go. I think it's the potential for feasts...

    1. Just don't get a position teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts. I hear that's a bad idea.


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Item Reviewed: Field Trip Friday: September 14, 2012 Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kate Hart