THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Claudia Gray talks creating characters (with bonus Mary Sue rant!).
- Writers' agendas: dum dum dummmmmm. Malinda Lo tackles social issues, writing, and real-life awkwardness.
- Chandler Baker's brain plays Good Cop, Bad Cop during the writing process.
- Our own Kristin Halbrook shares her writing turning point: "Becoming the Person I Want My Daughters To Be," at Nova Ren Suma's blog.
- Maggie Stiefvater struck a chord with her post about literary rape.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- "If you think it’s difficult for a poor high-school-dropout-juvenile-delinquent-Latina to find herself in books, try adding LGBTQ to that equation." Jaquira Diaz has a powerful post at VIDA about (not) finding yourself in books.
- Which title was the runaway winner of the "Pyrite Printz" medal? Click over to the SLJ blog to find out.
- Cast your vote for the Greatest American Writer at PW.
- "For a book all about a woman's clinical depression that's exacerbated by the suffocating gender stereotypes of which she's expected to adhere and the limited life choices she has as a woman, it's pretty f*cking stupid to feature a low-rent retro wannabe pinup applying makeup." The Bell Jar gets a ... lovely... new cover.
- "You know what best connects “multicultural” books to young readers? Word of mouth. We think of effecting change through big words, and those do have a tremendous impact. But everyday, consistent speech can make a huge difference, too. Am I making enough noise? Are you?" Cynthia Leitich Smith encourages you to buy, share, borrow, and review diverse books.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Zoë Marriott shares the making of a book cover with lots of author input.
- Oh hey, something new to worry about: Kristin Nelson on the importance of your book's metadata.
- The NYT takes a look at attack reviews that destroy books on Amazon.
- Agent Molly Jaffa explains why she loves foreign rights-- and you should too.
- Is it okay to publish your writing online? Pub(lishing) Crawl's JJ has the answer.
- "This is an industry based on the whims of people, and people are notoriously f*cking loopy." Chuck Wendig has 25 hard truths about writing and publishing.
THIS WEEK IN MOVIES
- More Divergent casting rumors: Just who could Kate Winslet be playing?
- Variety also reports that If I Stay is picking up a director and lead actress!
- In addition to Shannon Hale's Austenland, Stephenie Meyer is also set to develop a movie version of Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood!
- This article about an airline passenger getting in trouble for his The Princess Bride shirt isn't that interesting, but the comments are fantastic. (Example: "Who was in the cockpit? The Dread Pilot Roberts?")
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Kelly Fiore has words of wisdom (and good advice) in "A Dash of Real Life."
- "In adolescence, the brain is also buzzing with more dopamine activity than at any other time in the human life cycle, so everything an adolescent does—everything an adolescent feels—is just a little bit more intense." New science explains why you really never leave high school.
- This guy in New Zealand wants to ban cats. That sounds easy and worthwhile. (Leila requests the author review the fact that NZ is, in fact, not just one island.)
- Lovely post from Myra McEntire regarding what she learned about kindness from a baseball legend.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
The latest installment of Jimmy Kimmel's "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" series:
io9 describes this as a squirrel giving "the greatest 'oh sh*t' face in the history of nature documentaries," but it looks more like an acorn mic drop to me. (via Cleolinda Jones)
Have a great weekend!