THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Several excellent posts on writing and depression this week: Libba Bray's stellar "Miles and Miles of No-Man's Land" and Myra McEntire's "The Shame of Depression," plus updates from Stephanie Perkins (yay, Lola release date!), Rachel Hawkins, and Sarah McCarry's interview series, this week with Katie Locke.
- A. S. King knocks it out of the park with her post about silent censorship.
- "[W]hen you are down on the mat, beaten to death by life, the publishing industry, reviewers, what have you, you must answer that bell. You must come up swinging and keep fighting for all you’re worth." Great post from Tiffany Trent.
- Sara Zarr shares a few things she learned after 3 days by herself.
- Becca Puglisi explains what makes her put a book down.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Lots of buzz about a new app that will allow you to read novels in 90 minutes. (My one true super power is speed reading, so I'm wondering if this will actually allow me to like, break the reading sound barrier or something.) (shut up, that's totally a thing.)
- Kelly Jensen continues her saying smart things streak with "Why Talking About Girls Reading Matters."
- Diversity in YA rounds up the most recent diverse releases.
- Teen Librarian Toolbox lists sex/consent positive books as part of the #SVYALit project.
- Wired explains how to upload public domain books to your Kindle for free.
- The 2014 L.A. Times Festival of Books will include our own Stephanie Kuehn!
- Here's that infographic of deaths and murders in Shakesepare's works that you've been looking for. (Just go with it.)
- Congrats to all the Lambda Literary finalists and BEA Buzz Books!
THIS WEEK IN MOVIES
- Lucky fans in several cities got a sneak peek at Divergent, which already topped Twilight for first day ticket sales! (Also the photo shoot of Vee and Shailene for The Hollywood Reporter is freaking amazing.)
- Sony is bringing Andrew Smith's Grasshopper Jungle to the big screen.
- Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls is slated for a 2016 release.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- PW asks publishing pros what advice they'd give to rookies. (Here's one suggestion: Anonymous blogs never stay anonymous. Obviously I wasn't a fan of Life in Publishing's jab earlier that day, which targeted one of my co-bloggers, but that's what the "unfollow" button is for. No need to hit the "career-threatening letter" button while you're at it.)
- Forbes analyzes the strongest brand in publishing.
- A month-long discussion about diversity in kidlit produced an action list full of suggestions for increasing representation and access.
- Dario Ciriello has advice on escaping the dreaded "two hundred pocket" of self-publishing.
- Quita and Pam share the lessons they learned at SCBWI NY.
- Sunita at Dear Author asks, "Is genre fiction creating a market for lemons?" And no, she does not mean citrus of the fanfic variety.
- Somehow Seanan McGuire ended up to blame for last week's Hugo controversy, despite not getting involved until after the speaker had already offered to step down.
- Considered Kickstarter for book funding? Here's how not to do it. (tl;dr: burning = bad.)
- Anne Rice signs a petition to protest bullying of authors on Amazon. I'm sure this will go well.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Unexpected danger of having a Native surname: Getting suspended by Google.
- Trigger warnings were a big topic of conversation this week, but Roxane Gay says, "There will always be a finger on the trigger. No matter how hard we try, there’s no way to step out of the line of fire."
- Anne Helen Peterson looks at "Jennifer Lawrence and the History of Cool Girls," while Nico Lang explains what the manufactured rivalry between Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o tells young women.
- Brain Pickings explains a surprising way to handle haters.
- What's worse than getting rape threats from fellow members of your university's student government? Getting sued for calling out the aggressors.
- Carolyn Gregoire lists 18 things that highly creative people do differently.
- Good news for bloggers: Getty Images has made its photos free to use.
- The SATs are changing their scoring again.
- A 16-year-old girl tells the Times what's up.
- Zombie apocalypse = no internet, right? MAYBE NOT. (I mean, probably. But hope.)
- Mallory Ortberg proposes a teen comedy called "Gladihaters." Highlights might include lines such as, “You’ve got to Pompeii to play, bitch” and “This is a republic, not an agreepublic.”
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Buzzfeed finally answers the question we all want to know: What's your patronus? I got horse, which creates the perfect segue for this squirrel feeder, which bears a strange likeness to our own Amy Lukavics.