Today Kate Hart is with a zillion other YA Highwayers doing awesome things on a writing retreat while I am not. Am I sad? Yes. But I am also here to post the weekly Field Trip, so it's all good. Enjoy!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Joe Bunting at The Write Novel has some wonderful thoughts on how to start your story.
It's literally the end of the world.
Thanks Molly Wetta, for linking this great article on the death of puns. Let us all grieve and make our puns groanier from now on.
Shannon Hale writes astutely about the roles of men and women in stories throughout history, and wonders why women are so often cast as "the love interest," while men get to be the adventurers.
We all knew R.L. was a prolific author, but not this prolific. Slappy would be proud.
THIS WEEK IN READING
Beautiful piece by author Rainbow Rowell on Eleanor & Park, YA and body image.
Love this: Real Men Read YA and author Trish Doller engage in a Something Like Normal rap battle. Next up, battle dancing? Please?
The Lambda Literary Award finalists were announced this week, celebrating achievement in LGBT literature. The 2012 Cybil Award winners were also announced. Congrats to all honored!
Voting for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards will continue through March 31st for members of the Horror Writers Association. Go vote for your favorite scary.
Boys saved by book!
Here are some very cool renderings of floorplans for the living spaces of some famous fictional characters.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Even after getting an agent, the sad truth is a lot of books don't sell. Rachelle Gardner talks about her feelings of failure from the agent's perspective.
This week VIDA posted some sobering statistics on the pervasive gender imbalance in book review coverage. Unsurprisingly, male authors are interviewed more frequently and receive far more review coverage than female authors.
Cool story on the face behind the cover of Gina Lenko's FLUTTER.
Are you following Diversity in YA on tumblr yet?
Rumor has it this will only affect the adult Hyperion books, but this report on the publisher moving away from book acquisition is still very distressing.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
Today is International Women's Day! Celebrate. Advocate. Enjoy.
Rats are telepathic now.
Sigh. Keepin' it classy: real things said to lady journalists.
Love this piece by Jessica Luther on the racial divide in the feminist (non) response to the Onion's crude tweet about 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis.
Trent Reznor and Carly Rae Jepsen are a match made in musical heaven apparently. Or maybe the Harlem Shake has just addled our brains of late. You decide!
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
Author Zoë Marriott is having a huge exclusive giveaway for THE NIGHT ITSELF. Win an ARC and all sorts of beautiful swag.
Thanks to Sharon Johnston for letting us know that: "Entranced publishing is holding twitter pitch parties on Fridays in March and April called #FridayFrenzy. This post contains the editor Wish Lists. The publisher is also giveaway critiques ever time they get an additional 50 followers on their twitter account."
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
It's been awhile since I posted some Bill Dance fishing bloopers. The Harlem Shake's got nothing on fishing bloopers.
Have a great weekend!