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Field Trip Friday: January 25, 2013


- 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.


- "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.


- 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.


- 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 AustenlandStephenie 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?")


- 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.


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!

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. Some great articles today! I love the one about gratuitous rape scenes (We definitely need less of them!) and I'm sad to say, the Bell Jar trend is really permeating through literature books... As an English professor, it's really concerning, since so many students and readers really DO judge books by their covers.

  2. You always have the best stuff. How do you find time to do all of this and write and have a real life? Do you ever sleep? I ame in awe.

  3. Glad y'all enjoyed!

    I do sleep-- probably more than I should. :) The Field Trip is down to a fine art, with Google Reader lists and a submission form and lots of help from the other YAHers.

  4. Aw, great! I like these Field Trip posts, gets me seeing blogs and posts I wouldn't otherwise get a chance to see!


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