Friday, March 5, 2010

The Writers' Well: The Recap of this Week's Best Kidslit Blogs

I don't know about you, but I'm thrilled that it's Friday.  I'm also excited about my new writers' well photo I downloaded from istock.  Isn't it delightfully witchy?  It's the Chalice Well in Glastonbury, a Sacred site for all people and maintained by a local group. The water of this well is believed to contain healing properties.

On another exciting note, I've reached my 10,000 word goal almost a month early!  I'll still be keeping track of my word count to see how much I'll be giving to Room to Read in April.  I've pledged to give one cent for every two words I write in February and March.

Now onto this week's coverage of the kidslit writer blogs:

March seems to be becoming the Dig in and Write month.  Maybe it's because it's the beginning of Spring, so writers want a fresh beginning?  Or perhaps it's the NCAA Basketball Tournament inspires a sense of competition.  If you'd like to make a firm goal to commit to this month, join with Cuppa Jolie, Grow Wings, Denise Jaden, and Blogzone for some companionship and support.

This post by Carrie Jones (author of Need) really touched me.  She talks about how when she's on tour she is constantly speaking about herself, and how that honesty helps other children to share their experiences with her.

Several of the writer posts were on upcoming author events.  YA Authors Beth Kephart (The Heart is Not a Size), Elizabeth Eulberg (The Lonely Hearts Club) and Patrick Carman (Skeleton Creek and Trackers) will be on a panel at the Philadelphia Book Festival on April 18th.  Kephart talks about it hereMaggie Stiefvater (author of Shiver) posts about her appearances in March including Charlottesville, Virginia, the NYC Teen Author Festival, and Books of Wonder (NYC).  Amy Brecount will be interviewed on the Live Blog Radio show A Book and a Chat tomorrow, and she asks that you call in with your questions.

There were a whole lot of interviews to report, and I'm sure I probably missed a couple.  But here goes!

Georgia McBride interviewed Dirty Little Secrets author Cynthia J. Omololu.  One of the things you learn is how Omololu met her agent in an elevator.  Read the interview to hear the entire story.  And in a strange coincidence (in the same week even!), Swati Avasthi (author of Split) confesses that she met her agent in an elevator as well!  The morale here is don't be shy.  Stalk prospective agents in elevators!  I'm just kidding folks.  Avasthi was interviewed by Holly Cupala, and she discussed more than just her penchant for elevator networking.

Day by Day writer continues to post her notes from the Houston SCBWI conference including talks from Editor Nancy FerestenSydney Salter interviews Shani Petroff (author of the Bedeviled series).  Author of Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs Ron Koertg is interviewed by Janet Fox on her Through the Wardrobe blog.  National Book Award Nominee Deborah Heiligman is interviewed by Tina Nichols Coury.  Nancy Sanders interviews Syeda Mleeha Shah (author of Peace in my World). Here's something different: One of Kathy McCullough's characters (Delaney Collins, F.G.) discusses How to Write using a Teen Voice on Randy Russell's blog.

You can bid on a critique from Cynthia Leitich Smith (New York Times Bestselling author of Eternal and Professor at the prestigious Vermont College of Fine Arts) at the YA & Kids Books Central Auction.  Read about it on her blog Cynsations.

Okay, this isn't really about writing or children's lit but it's really cool.  Jay Asher (author of 13 Reasons Why) posted two videos made by students at their high schools.  Talk about some talented kids!  Also, don't miss Laurie Halse Anderson's first vlog.  She answers questions, talks about some Library promos she will be making, and her dislike of the word vlog (among other things).  Speaking of first's, watch the video of the Beginning of the YA 5 blog.

Peg Kehret (author of Small Steps) discusses how she responds to children when they ask how much she gets paid.

Every Wednesday, Suzanne Young (author of The Naughty List) will be posting an excerpt from unfinished works in her novel graveyard (her words, not mine).  This week's excerpt was hilarious and superbly written.  We all wish our scrap pile was that good.

If you watch American Idol, you'll enjoy the post Rejection Lessons from American Idol on the Market My Words blog.

If you're interested in the mix of comic books and novels check out the Illustra-Novella post on Literary Asylum.

I always find it interesting to learn about a particular writer's process.  Barry Lyga discusses his method for writing novels here.

I applaud Maggie Stiefvater (author of Shiver) for her rebuttal to an ignorant blogger's assertion that YA literature is going down the toilet.

I love Libba Bray's blog.  She went for awhile without posting, but now we have two delightful posts in a row.  First, she shares with us about her harrowing experience of (almost) breaking Holly Black's coffee pot.  Second, Bray gives us tips on how to avoid being an easy Serial Killer target (yeah, she's joking, of course).   She's currently on a writer's retreat with some friends of hers.  Last year, some of my writer friends and I did the same thing.  We rented a house for a week to write in.  During the day we'd each go in our own corner to write, and in the evenings we'd eat dinner and stay up late talking.  I highly recommend the experience.

Well, that's it for this week!  Please share more blogs in the comments section.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Lisa Green said...

Thanks for doing this! I love having a list of "prescreened" blogs. :) I could get lost for hours... Oh wait! What time is it?? Oops. I did.

Beverley BevenFlorez said...

Thanks, Lisa! Every week I discover more fantastic writer blogs.

Suzanne Young said...

Thanks for the mention! And I agree, I come here to check what's going on in the blogosphere!

Thanks! :-)

Beverley BevenFlorez said...

Thanks for the kind words, Suzanne. I'm looking forward to reading The Naughty List. I picked it up at Barnes the other day, and read the first chapter while standing in one of the aisles before I realized I should just buy it already. :)

D.M.Cunningham said...

I love this list!! Gives me so much inspiration and great things to read. Thanks again for the mention!!

Beverley BevenFlorez said...

Thanks, Matt! :-)

Megan Abrahams said...

How remiss I've been! I love your re-cap of best kid lit blogs. Didn't know you've been doing this. I'll have to keep track. You also used the word penchant - isn't it a great word?

Beverley BevenFlorez said...

Megan: Some words just have more flair than others. ;)