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Field Trip Friday: September 12, 2014


- Sarah Dessen shares her journey back to writing after giving up on a work in progress.

- From Janice Hardy's archives, a great post on discovering your secondary characters' "front stories."

- Rebecca Makkai has suggestions for MFA courses that are actually useful, including "Meditation Strategies for Computer Crashes," "Introduction to Despair," and "Pretending You’re Talking to Terry Gross When You’re Alone in the Car."


- A Pew study finds millennials read more than their elders.

- Mother Jones looks at Facebook "most influential books" posts and determines that "almost all" of them were written for children; Facebook Data Science has a more in-depth look. (latter via Molly O'Neill)

- Stacked rounds up the latest crop of paperback cover redesigns.

- Buzzfeed recommends reads based on your high school favorites.

- The Texas Book Festival has announced this year's lineup.

- Teen Vogue lists the best YA books to read this fall.

- Nothing says lesbians like... hands? The Compulsive Reader shares a baffling cover trend.

- Farewell to YA Fusion, and good luck with your next projects, ladies!


- The NYT is "revamping" its bestseller lists. It's not as exciting as it sounds.

- Crime author Karin Slaughter is battling the IRS and writers should be watching closely. (via Michael Bourret)

- Publishing people may be nice, but they're still in business -- and so are you, so don't forget it, says Kameron Hurley.

- Is August a good month to query? Janet Reid has the answer.

- Paula Yoo encourages authors to think outside the box when it comes to marketing.


- 5 million Gmail passwords were stolen this week.

- How to make your phone stop "ducking."

- The internet was abuzz with news that Jack the Ripper had finally been identified, but the Smithsonian is here with a reality check.

- Mallory Ortberg has an alternate list of "media industry disrupters."

- Tumblr, Netflix, and more staged internet slowdowns to support net neutrality.

- Zoe Quinn infiltrated 4Chan's #gamergate planning; both the New Yorker and the Telegraph did profiles on her.

- An Wisconsin school district is adopting a new policy allowing trans students to choose their own restrooms and locker rooms. (via Kelly Jensen)


"99 Red Balloons" played on...  red balloons. (via Preeti Chhibber)

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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Item Reviewed: Field Trip Friday: September 12, 2014 Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kate Hart