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Friday, April 23, 2010
This was a fabulous week for writer blogs, so get ready to plunge into the well!
If I could only mention one post this week, it would be this one by Kathleen Duey: The Book I Write, The Book You Read...and The Real Wars. If you've ever wondered if books can change lives, read her post.
There's an excellent post on Breaking the Rules on WriterJenn (Jennifer R. Hubbard's blog). Beth Kephart's post on Moving Past No is in the same spirit.
Kephart has several posts on her recent talks at the Fox Cities Book Festival. While you're at her blog, check out the exquisite cake from her party celebrating the release of The Heart is Not a Size.
Lori Calabrese (author of The Bug that Plagued the Entire Third Grade) was interviewed by the Hartford Writing Examiner, Michael Aloisi. You can read about it on her blog, or go directly to Part 1 and Part 2. Calabrese interviewed Danika Dinsmore about her soon-to-be-released Brigitta of the White Forest. Kirby Larson interviewed Karen Cushman (author of Alchemy and Meggy Swann). Larson interviewed Kathryn Galbraith (author of Arbor Day). There's an interview with agent Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency over at Market My Words. Holly Cupala interviews Deb Caletti, author of The Secret Life of Prince Charming. Holly Schindler interviews Teen Writer and Intern Weronika Janczuk.
If you've ever considered writing a novel in verse, you should read this post over at Denise Jaden's blog. She interviews Lisa Schroeder, author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me.
Kay Cassidy talks about the evolution of the book cover for The Cinderella Society over at Melissa Walker's blog. Eileen Boggess discusses how her book cover came about for Mia the Magnificent, also at Melissa Walker's blog.
Claudia Harrington always has inspiring quotes, and this week she had two wonderful writers share some wisdom: Joan Bauer and Lin Oliver.
It's Poetry Potluck month over at Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup blog.
If you're looking for graphic novels for younger readers you'll be interested in Shannon Hale's post on her family's favorites.
Cuppa Jolie has an interesting Writing Prompt (even though, sadly, she thought of it after losing her computer).
Hilde Garcia recommends torturing your main character (not literally torturing, of course) in her post on Pen and Ink. If you have problems with torture, then try Susan Berger's writing exercises on Bad Things Happen to Good People.
I enjoyed the two Miscellany posts on Finding Wonderland this week (Midweek Miscellany, Further Miscellany). There's good bits on the real Volterra, Hope Larson Graphics, Tim Burton, and several others. James Dashner has a post with his own list of miscellany that has information about his tour, Maze Runner in foreign countries, and lots of fun facts.
K. A. Holt talks about her experiences at the Texas Library Association Conference on the YA 5 Blog. Jay Asher was there, too.
There's a discussion of how to use research to inspire ideas over at D. M. Cunningham's blog Literary Asylum. There's also some pictures of Creepy Flowers. Charmaine Clancy also has a post about Research on her blog Wagging Tales.
Sarah Dessen posts The Five every week, and I especially enjoyed this week's. Maybe it was the reference to coffee. I'm an addict.
There are a few posts on Earth Day: Peg Kehret Blog, The Question of the Day, and The Teaching Authors.
Kiersten White sings the praises of Twitter on her blog Kiersten Whites. She gives suggestions on what to do and what not to do, so it's a good post to read if you're just starting out on Twitter.
I enjoyed the cute post on My Big Nose and Other Natural Disaster blog about Why Sydney Salter Writes Middle Grade.
Angela Ackerman was a guest-blogger at Tabitha Olson's blog Writer Musings, and wrote an interesting post on Naked Dialogue.
Laurie Halse Anderson vlogs on Revision (it seems to be geared to a younger audience, but it's still worthwhile to listen to). I like her tip on how when you read over what you've written don't ask yourself if it's okay as it is. Instead, ask yourself how it can be better. It's so simple, yet such an important distinction.
There's a great discussion about Love Triangles (Part 1, Part 2) over at Beth Revis's blog Writing it Out.
Bish Denham has been blogging A-Z. I especially enjoyed her J is for Journey and K is for Kryptonite. She even finds a way to connect Kryptonite with writing. How fun is that?
Speaking of Kryptonite, Jay Asher got to play the superhero by flying to Kansas to speak in place of a writer who cancelled at the last minute. I envy the cool the CD of Harry Potter themed music he got, but hey, as the superhero he clearly deserves it.
I just heard about National Picture Book Writing Week over at Nancy Sander's blog. Paula Yoo's blog has all the info.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and have an opportunity to visit some of these amazing blogs!