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Field Trip Friday: February 15, 2013


Obama is a Nerdfighter. Even John is surprised. (Also, congratulations to John and the Yeti! My unsolicited vote is for Eleanor.)


- Laini Taylor's brain is a jerk! A post about writing with (and in spite of) perfectionism.

- Author Cris Beam talks writing from a transgender perspective.

- Jason Boog at GalleyCat says, "Writing a book will not change your life."

- Our girl Veronica Roth has advice on revisions and getting into "the beginner's mind."


- Lea at YA Book Queen shares her top 7 comments from adults who catch her reading YA.

- With the release of the Beautiful Creatures movie, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia talk to Time in defense of YA paranormal.

- The NYT presents 200 years of Pride and Prejudice covers. And speaking of covers, check out the new Harry Potter!

- Today presents the story of romance novelist 'Jessica Blair' -- an 89-year-old man.

- Bridget Zinn's first novel, Poison, comes out March 12 -- but Bridget passed away from cancer in May 2011. But you can help her friends and family celebrate her accomplishments: more details are here.


- If you're writing a series, which book is most important for your career? The second, says Kevin J. Anderson, if you want to avoid the Series Death Spiral. (via Jen Heddle)

- The NYT looks at the growing popularity of Goodreads.

- The Daily Dahlia compiles answers to publishing questions from almost a dozen literary agents.

- Racebending interviews Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan about their experiences as allies and authors.

- HarperCollins c.e.o. Victoria Barnsley says bookstores charging for browsing privileges is "not that insane."


- David Levithan's annual music poll is up, with a few YAH contributions -- check out the results here!

- Musician Chubby Checker sued Hewlett-Packard this week over an app bearing his name. (If you can't guess the app's purpose from its name, you probably shouldn't click the link.)

- Reddit makes William Shatner an admin; he calls them out for racism and sexism.

- Hairdresser Janet Stephens takes on academia and proves ancient hairstyles weren't wigs (via Liz Burns).


Did you just find a typo in your query (or worse, your ARC) (or worse, your final copies)? Could be worse. You could be Missouri State University. Or should I say, Missouri State Univeristy.


Director Erin Faulk shares the true adventures of "Where is Matt Damon?" (via Evil Wylie)

Seriously, WTF, Evolution? (via Noa Wheeler)

BuzzFeed has the typical life of a teenage girl in the 90s, and Mental Floss has 9 very specific library signs. No bats!

And you thought the East Coast snow storm was bad: It's raining spiders in Brazil.

Presented without comment: The Moose Cleanse.

Leonard Cooper (of Little Rock, AR -- heeeey) wins best Teen Jeopardy contestant ever. (He also wins $75K.)

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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