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Field Trip Friday: October 31, 2014


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THIS WEEK IN WRITING

- Janice Hardy explains how to use layers to pre-write your scenes.

- Is writing magic? Chuck Wendig discusses.

- What do you do when you're between projects? Adam Silvera works on his "between book."


THIS WEEK IN READING

- The Guardian wants to know: Can you identify these classic horror books by their covers?

- So much love for Mallory Ortberg's "Dirtbag Mrs. Whatsit."

- Laura Ruby is less than impressed with that YA-bashing article on the Mary Sue.

- I can't remember if we've linked this already or not, but nooooooo: Zilpha Keatley Snyder passed away earlier this month.


THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING

- Publishing While Black: The Toast hosts a roundtable discussion.

- Penguin acquires a YA novel based on an 18K word sample.

- The WaPo examines why publishers want fanfic to go mainstream.

- Suzie Townsend says agents are not gatekeepers.

- Two DGLM interns share what they've learned about the industry.

- Does a query have to focus on the main character? Janet Reid has answers.

- The We Need Diverse Books campaign is over halfway to its goal -- donate quickly to snag some great perks!


THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF

- Lots of traction for Hollaback's video exposing street harassment (though also accusations that all of the white harassers were edited out).

- The NYT discusses "the etiquette for having your friends befriend each other."

- Crushing story about the murder of George Carter, a 15-yr-old New Orleans teen and advocate for food justice and garden.

- A teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns.

- An Illinois substitute teacher has been let go after calling black students in her class the N-word for an 80 minute period.

- A men's rights group is masquerading as a Canadian nonprofit that addresses domestic violence. (via N. K. Jemisin)

- An all-girl, all-disabled band called Sisters of Invention releases an anti-Disney princess video.


THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM

Daniel Radcliffe shows off some skills... rapping.



And LeVar Burton reads a new classic bedtime book.

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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