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Field Trip Friday: November 16, 2012

"Writing is not therapy. Therapy is therapy." Nathan Bransford touches on a recent report showing writers are twice as likely to commit suicide and urges anyone struggling to (please!) reach out for help.

DGLM reminds us that writing by hand in this day and age has its advantages.

The folks who brought us Scrivener introduce us to Scapple--a software to use in the brainstorming process.

An editor's perspective on after the editorial letter over at publishing crawl.

Kathleen brings us the Insecure Writers Support Group.

Our own Veronica Roth's Divergent is on Amazon's Best of 2012 List! Fellow Highwayers, Kristin Halbrook and Kody Keplinger, are found on Stacked's 2013 Contemporaries To Watch For with their upcoming novels Nobody But Us and Goldfish!
Goodread's 2012 semifinals are up!

Monica Edinger says to Stop Calling Books for Kids YA.

Debut author, William Alexander, winds National Book Award for Goblin Secrets. 

Want a job in publishing? Alexandra Bracken's got some advice for you.

Read about the State of the YA Market--what trends are doing great, which ones not so much, over at publishing crawl.
Sarah Weinman on Things About Publishing That Are Critical Yet Rarely Discussed. 

 The Smiths lyrics as Penguin Classic book covers over at Flavorwire. 

Malinda Lo weighs in with her take (a great read) on Mesle's YA Fiction and the End Of Boys essay.

Scholastic is donating one million books for storm recovery after Sandy.

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones trailer has arrived!

Fizzy Grrls' agents to follow cheat sheet. 
Former YA Highwayer Michelle Schusterman and I have launched our new MG blog, KidLit Network. Stop by and check it out!



 Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor lays the smack down on Abby Cadabby's dream of wearing tulle for the rest of her life, explaining that while pretending to be a princess is fun, it is not a career. The important thing to take away from this is that my dreams of being a pirate are still fully logical.


Victoria's Secret offends with their 'sexy' Native American look at the fashion show. The Fashonista offers easy alternatives.(my personal favorite is the Sexy Roast Turkey.)

Break out your daubers for some Cultural Appropriation Bingo!

 Football & Princess Bride references. Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Clause.

Ahh Facebook. Once again creeping us out with how grossly over the line you go. 

If you've lost all faith in this cruel, cruel world, check out this toddler doing the jive. Your faith will be restored.

Why you should always check any image you pull from the internet for accuracy.

 Every so often, a juicy little nugget hits the web that doesn't really fit into a single category on FTF. Rarely, one is so mind-blowingly epic that it just deserves its own little space here. That's how I felt when I came across The Dudes of YA, a "Lit-Erotic" Photo Spread. Grab yourself a cool glass of water--you're going to need it ;)

And that, dear readers, finishes up my last post here on the Highway :) Thanks for letting me tag along on such an awesome roadtrip! 
---Amanda Hannah


Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. Thank you for covering the Field Trip. We'll miss you!!

  2. The State of the YA Market link is wrong. I've posted it here.

  3. Just one note - The Insecure Writer's Support Group is actually the creation of author Alex J. Cavanaugh.

    Alex is awesome :-)

    1. What Sommer said! My post is a part of the group and it's about NaNoWriMo.

    2. Your post was very good though!!!

  4. Love these posts but I'm totally confused about the CoB poster, am I missing something? Those aren't the actors.


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