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Field Trip Friday: September 13, 2013


Aughhh, Friday the 13th. But!

THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK

New! Harry! Potter! Movie!!!!!!!!!

ahem.

THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- In "Dangerous Parasites," Laurie Halse Anderson wants to talk about "the people who are shitting on your dream."

- "I think the best thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It will never be perfect," says Rainbow Rowell.

- PolicyMic discusses the one thing white writers get away with, but authors of color don't.

- Thinking about giving up? Julianna Baggott helps you get back to the page.

- Chuck Wendig gives you 25 steps to edit the unmerciful suck out of your story.


THIS WEEK IN READING

- Another day, another arbitrary gender distinction in book audiences. Justina Ireland has thoughts and general WTFery.

- Malindo Lo takes a cultural anthropology approach to answering why adults read YA. Be still my nerdy little heart.

- "For years, my girlfriend and I went down to Powell’s and scoured the shelves, looking for stories that featured people like us," shares Chelsea Pitcher.

- The Hollywood Reporter has an excerpt from Laini Taylor's upcoming Dreams of Gods and Monsters.


THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

- Jennifer Laughran shares a few things you can and cannot expect from conference critiques.

- "Any book men write — and you should take this with maybe 1 millimeter of salt — is considered universal," says Lizzie Skurnick, who is heading up an effort to reissue classic teen fiction.

- Jodi Meadows gives tips on approaching authors for interviews and guest posts.

- Suzie Townsend asks agents and editors some FAQs about New Adult.

- Condolences and love to the folks at QueryTracker, who lost author and blogger Carolyn Kaufman to a brain aneurysm over the weekend.


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- Reuters published a heartbreaking series on the "private re-homing" of adopted children in the US.

- Latina teens are more likely to suffer from depression, reports Ruxandra Guipi.

- Elizabeth Burns takes a look at technology and girls or lack thereof.

- The NYT covers Harvard Business School's gender equity case study.

- Teenager exorcists head to Britain to tackle Harry Potter-inspired occult ... you know what, I can't even finish this sentence. I just... America. Can we not.

- An Ohio teen sets the Guinness Book World Record for back handsprings.

- Continuing my weekly fangirling of Adrienne Keene: "Thanks for the severed head. You proved my point." at Racialicious. (Hey, it's all fun and games, right? Unless it's a white dude, in which case no? Just checking.)



THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

This tattoo of a Seattle library is the coolest. (via Michelle Schusterman)

The "twerk fail" video I posted in the random last week turns out to be a Jimmy Kimmel prank. Survey says?


Which Harry Potter character are you? (I am either Draco or Hermione, I can never remember which.
Credit to Emily, who the HuffPo somehow couldn't find. She has charts for several more fandoms too.)



Good news! There's a cure for bitch face. Or not. (NSFW) (via my girl Raych)









Have a good 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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