Friday, April 30, 2010

The Writers' Well: A Weekly Recap of the Best Kidslit Blog Posts

This has been an interesting week.  I took a vacation day on Tuesday, and joined a few of my friends at the taping of Dancing with the Stars.  We had lunch before hand at Whispers, and since we're all writers it was great to just chat about our WIPs and what's happening in the industry.  One of my friends has some exciting news on the book front happening, so it was wonderful to toast her success.

Now let's plunge into the Writers' Well!

Last Friday, Kirby Larson has a wonderful Quote of the Day that I think most children's writers will enjoy.  I'll give you a hint: it's from Madeleine L'Engle.  Speaking of Madeleine L'Engle, her novel And Both Were Young is being reprinted with a forward by her granddaughter and YA author, Léna Roy.

Guest Blogger Phoebe Kitanidis Debunks Writer Myths over at WriterJenn.

Beth Kephart has a lovely review of Rebecca Stead's novel When You Reach Me.  Finding Wonderland review's Stead's novel as well as Somebody by Nancy SpringerGeorgia McBride reviews Andy Brigg's novels Rise of the Heros and Council of Evil over at the YA 5 blog.

There's an interview with Lee Nichols (author of Deception) over at The First Novels Club blog.  Uma Krishnaswami interviews Plot Consultant Martha Alderson on her blog Writing with a Broken Tusk.  There's an interview with Kathy Erskine (author of Mockingbird) by Amy Brecount White.  Michele Markel interviews author of A Very Improbable Story: A Math Adventure, Edward Einhorn, over at her blog The Cat and the Fiddle.

Jordan McCollum some interesting posts on Backstory and Technique.

Since we're in the last week of Poetry Month, you don't want to miss these posts:  On Beyond Words & Pictures, Lorie Ann Grover, GottaBook, Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup, and Susan Taylor Brown.

There's a cover story and a book trailer about The Karma Club by Jessica Brody over at Melissa Walker's blog.

In response to listening to Meg Cabot at the LA Festival of Books, Suzanne Casamento poses a thought-provoking question on her blog about whether you read to escape or for some other reason.  Interestingly, Sara Wilson Etienne has a post comparing Meg Cabot's reasons for writing happy books with Kate DiCamillo's reasons for writing sad books (both authors spoke at the LA Festival of Books).

I've long believed that Kiersten White leads a far more entertaining life than me, and this was confirmed when I read her amusing post "In Which I'm Rescued by a Librarian, Meet Some Literary Idols, and Discover a Previously Untapped Propensity for Blushing." Though I will admit to sharing two thirds of that experience: meeting a literary hero and being utterly incapable of speaking an intelligent word (see "A Potentially Humiliating Encounter").

Charmaine Clancy has a fun post on Writing Wrongs over at her blog Wagging Tales.

Lisa Green has an amusing review of Libba Bray's Going Bovine by guest blogger Dave--I mean Dr. Paradox--on her blog Paranormal Point of View.

On Samantha Clarke's blog, Day by Day Writer, there's a post on Dealing with Rejection (within it, she has links to Cec Murphy's series on Rejection).

If you're interested in what Shannon Hale has been working on, then check out this post on her blog Squeetus.  You can also find out what Barry Lyga's been up to on his blog.

Does every book need a Happy EndingBryan Bliss has a post on that subject.  Elaine Marie Alphin tackles the question of whether a plot built upon a coincidence falls apart.

Writers are always being asked about where they get their inspiration.  Karen Hooper has a post about her favorite independent bookstore, and a muse, Haslam's.

Suzanne Young gives a brief synopsis of her novel So Many Boys that's going to be released in 40 days (she has a handy counter).

As usual, there were a ton of great posts.  Be sure to share any others you've found in the comments.  Have a wonderful weekend!

1 comment:

Shona and Lisa said...

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