Happy Friday! Kate Hart is still taking a well-deserved break this week and so I will be filling in. Let's get this party started...
This Week in Writing:
This month's round of the scary writing prompt game has inspired some seriously awesome answers so far! If you want to warm up your creepy writing skills and enter yourself to win a prize at the same time, drop on by.
Chuck Wendig shares his take on the "rules" of writing.
Susan Dennard is over at PubCrawl, talking about crafting an ending that sings.
RL Stine talks his first big break in this video from Mediabistro.
This Week in Reading:
Buzzfeed explores the true struggles of being addicted to YA books as an adult.
How many of the greatest books by women have you read? Take this quiz to find out.
Game of Thrones fans rejoice! George RR Martin has released a new chapter from Winds of Winter.
Do spoilers for books improve them? Check out this discussion over at The Guardian and decide for yourself.
The Toast has some advice on how to read books that you don't want to.
Kelly Jensen gives a censored history of ladies in YA fiction over at Book Riot.
This Week in Publishing:
Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary and Media gives a fascinating pre-fair post in preparation for the Bologna Book Fair.
Sarah Dessen went on a self-described 'rant' after finding her books categorized for their romance over at Barnes and Noble.
Harved discovered books bound in human flesh, Hocus Pocus style. Well that's...interesting...
Epic Reads let us in on 19 Young Adult Authors to Follow on Instagram, including our very own Kirsten Hubbard!
Malinda Lo assesses the diversity of Publisher Weekly's 2013 YA bestsellers over at Diversity in YA.
Entranced Publishing is no longer, and it would seem that nobody knows exactly why.
Jane Friedman brings us five valuable charts that show how publishing is changing.
This Week in Other Stuff:
Amy Poehler will be hosting World Book Night!
Facebook has purchased the upcoming VR technology Oculus Rift for $2 billion, causing quite a stir in the gaming community. It's okay, guys. Everything is going to be okay.
BaneCat: To meet him is to love him.
Have a great weekend, everybody!