Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s also the last Friday in February, and I’m hopeful March won’t bring quite as much soul-crushing snow. Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading and writing, in fifteen words or under:

Reading: El Deafo by Cece Bell
Just as honest, funny, and adorable as I’d hoped. Little me would have loved it!

Writing: “Resolution: a/ Girl needs a best friend, and mine/ Is so the best one.”
My WIP includes lots of haiku and friendship feelings.

Links Galore

Lots of good links I’ve been hoarding:

The Soul of Wit

A fun look at how stylometry helps prove that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

I’m always a little baffled when people try to make a big conspiracy theory around Shakespeare. (See also Truman Capote writing To Kill a Mockingbird instead of Harper Lee.) Let the dude have his work!

Also, this is good proof that a writer’s voice is a real thing. Even though Shakespeare wrote sonnets, historical dramas, fantastical comedies, and more, all his works have his particular tone and style.

Maybe you’re not Shakespeare, but you have your own writerly voice. Someone else can be writing about spooky ghosts or family dramas or adventures in space, but your voice is all your own, and that’s part of what makes everything you write unique.

Friday Fifteen

Somehow it’s already Friday? Not that I’m complaining, but it kind of snuck up on me. Here’s to a weekend of keeping warm and reading lots of books! To start us off, a look at what I’ve been reading and writing in fifteen words or under.

ReadingBreathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Quiet, touching; I didn’t want to leave these characters behind. Also appreciated the summery feeling.

Writing: “Just wrap my body in this blanket and give me a proper burial at sea.”
Loving my melodramatic WIP character.

Friday Fifteen

This was a short week thanks to a couple of snow days, and I am still so relieved to see Friday. Let’s go into the weekend with a look at what I’ve been reading and writing, in fifteen words or under.

ReadingThe Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Touching and gentle and real. First time I teared up at a list of recipes.

Writing: “It made me want to punch Thomas Jefferson for agreeing to the Louisiana Purchase.”
Really enjoying the voice of one of my WIP protagonists.

Happy almost Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Links Galore

Lots of good links to start the week:

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s like -20 outside with the windchill, and more snow is on the way for the Boston area, so I think this is going to be a great weekend to stay inside with a stack of books. Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading and writing, in fifteen words or fewer:

Reading: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Funny and honest and heartfelt and real, and now a Morris winner!

Writing: “With each chapter and every word, I’m increasing my capacity for sympathy and survival.”
This month at Ploughshares, I’m talking about surviving, reading, and making dioramas. Check it out here!

Happy weekending!