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Field Trip Friday: January 30, 2015

We're delighted to have friend of the Highway, A.R. Kahler, guest posting Field Trip Friday this week. Thanks a ton!


You've probably not heard the big news this week, as not many people are talking about it, especially not on Twitter. I mean, it's not like it's childhood-destroying news that would cause a lot of mangst. That would just be silly. Because it turns out that the new fantastic Ghostbusting quartet will, in fact, be all women. To absolutely no one's surprise, Twitter...didn't handle it that well.


Thinking a shiny MFA will help land you the publishing deal you're craving, but not sure you're ready to make that not-so-shiny investment? For those looking for a thriftier solution, help is on the way.

Speaking of, queries are probably the most terrifying aspect of getting an agent. Looking for pointers? Think that maybe the best idea is to write it from the POV of your protagonist? Maybe read this first, before shooting yourself in the foot.

What's it take to write for a living? Well, as Ann Bauer admits, it may take more than just writing a really good story, in a piece that helps demystify authors and their earnings.

For those of us who need this as a daily reminder, Courtney Summers has written a fantastic response dealing with peer idolization and self-perception. Because seriously, haven't we all looked around and thought why is everyone more successful than I am?

And if that's not enough feel-good, this post on the 'trials' of being an author helps keep things in perspective.


2014 has been a fantastic year for pushing the diversity envelope in YA literature, and we're hoping the trend continues. Malindo Lo has done a fantastic breakdown of LGBTQ representation over on the DiversityinYA blog.

Following the trend of representation in YA, C. Taylor Butler gives an honest look on why it's important that all children are able to see themselves in what they read.

The internet's changed the way we share, access, and publish books. This week, we're excited to share this post on how Tumblr is bringing a fresh face to the idea of book clubs.


In sad news, famed Australian author (and neurophysiologist) Colleen McCullough has passed at age 77. But apparently being a famous female neurophysiologist/author/badass isn't enough to change your tag line from "Plain of feature, and certainly overweight”. Seriously? This is the best you could do?


It's pretty fair to say that there's a huge disconnect between what we buy and where it comes from. From the food we eat to that cute Hello Kitty glow pen, if we bought it, someone else made it, and we probably have no idea who that someone is. A new reality TV show explores the clothes on our back by sending young fashion designers into the places where their clothing would be made. The results, as expected, are far from glamorous.

The NYTimes has written a long-overdue piece on women in Hollywood, and how it's far past time they receive the recognition they deserve.

Along those lines, Bjork just released an interview with Pitchfork that reaffirms: Bjork is amazing.

OK so Adam Sandler is producing this thing and it's's so...I'm sorry I can't even write something snappy.


I know it's not really from this week but damnit, this is eternal. And this week especially, I think we need to keep in mind that when the haters start hating, it's time to put on spandex and do some air kicks because YOU ARE FABULOUS AND YOU BETTER WORK IT.

A.R. Kahler writes books about faeries (both the supernatural kind and the pretty gay boy kind) and circuses and boarding schools. In that order. He currently lives in Seattle but is a nomad at heart. You can follow his adventures on Twitter @arkahler or online at
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  1. I'm not sure whether it's just me, but the links don't appear to be working at the moment. :o( Looks like a great Field Trip Friday post otherwise, though! :o)

  2. Thanks for the heads up, Annette! It's all sorted, now. :)

  3. The aerobics fitness dance thing makes me laugh so hard. I watch it *somewhat* regularly. For more hilarity, search for the Key and Peele send-up which makes it even funnier!

    As for the Ghostbusters thing, I'm on twitter a lot, and thankfully have culled my follow list to people who all support such things. Wading into the wastelands of top trending topics is only for the brave. I'm glad I spared my sanity by not looking into that cesspool. As far as I know, everyone loves the idea :) I'm on board with the exception of I'm pretty much over all these remakes.

    1. That video is an instant classic! Love it.

      And I'm with you--I didn't see any backlash myself, but I guess it's a good reminder that there are entire other segments of the population that still need to get it together. ;)


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