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Links to start the week:
- At Ploughshares, I’m talking about Twelfth Night as my favorite Christmas show.
- Thanks to Molly for including The Chance You Won’t Return on this list of favorite 2014 YA novels!
- A new story from the His Dark Materials universe.
- Character death and children’s media.
- Writing prompts to jump-start your creativity.
- “In Rose Under Fire, the need to communicate is as strong as the need for sustenance.” Elizabeth Wein’s 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech is a must-read, as is Rose Under Fire.
- The side effects of being an English major.
- What does it mean to be a strong female character?
- Travel posters for fictional places.
- Loving living near Boston, one of the top 10 cities for book lovers.
- I think we could all do with a little more mudita.
- Reason #12 why school librarians are necessary.
- A powerful post about ‘quiet homelessness’ and an economic reality for so many around us.
Lots of good links:
- Major thanks to Mackenzi for choosing The Chance You Won’t Return as part of her book recommendations for holiday shopping!
- Also way psyched to be listed among such awesome authors at GReads!
- This interview with children’s book great Katherine Paterson is a must-read.
- Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, passed away this week.
- It’s okay to want to play princesses.
- Christa shares awesome advice about self-promotion.
- Rocking out with wizards.
- Really really really excited for the Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell movie.
- After reading And We Stay, I’m even more fascinated by Emily Dickinson.
- “In YA, there are few safe spaces for fat teens.” Great post, and an issue I hope changes dramatically very soon.
- Adding some genre fiction to the classics.
- “You think your friends are really cool and stylish, but you are wrong, because you are in 8th grade,” and other ways to tell if you’re in a BSC book.
- The only age-based list of writers I want to read.
- Lots of inspiration in these great lines.
- American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) shares its list of the best books of 2014.
- “Your goal as a writer isn’t to get a book published. It’s to make yourself a writer.”
- e.E. Charlton-Trujillo on Fat Angie and censorship.
- JK Rowling on the guilt of killing off a random character.
- Love this response to a list of ‘top cauldrons’ in children’s list, and how it’s a reminder that E.L. Konigsburg is amazing.
Need some bookish holiday cheer? The Candlewick team has you covered.
One of the books in the video is Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina, which is a book that’s really stayed with me. Highly recommended!
Lots of links I’ve been hoarding:
- At Ploughshares, I talk about thanking authors for beloved books.
- I have a new short story up at the Hanging Garden, based on the urban legend of the disappearing hitchhiker.
- Also, the Hanging Garden team is hosting a bunch of debut YA authors to celebrate the end of our debut year, and giving a way a ton of awesome books.
- A few weeks ago I was on a panel with fellow MA-based fiction writers. Author Josh Cook recaps our discussion here.
- The wonderful Myra McEntire on depression, authenticity, and Tennessee.
- In case you haven’t seen this already, Jacqueline Woodson on why some “jokes” continue to marginalize black voices and history.
- The classics are great, but contemporary novels offer a particularly thrilling reading experience.
- I’d also add True Grit to this list of western novels for teen readers.
- “Have a seventeen-inch waist, the smallest in three counties,” and other bookish beauty tips.
- YA and Arabic readers.
- Surprised not to see King’s Cross Station on this list of locations from children’s lit you can actually visit.
- “The fact that someone might make connections in his poetry that he didn’t intend doesn’t negate all the other thoughts he explored with purpose.” Shannon Hale on writing and “putting in all those symbols.”
- What are your comfort books?
- I need this clutch.
- Teen Librarian Toolbox hosts a hangout with some favorite YA authors as part of the #SVYALit Project. (Just hearing Christa’s voice makes me happy.)
A few good links:
- I wrote two books for the third annual Sunnydale Project: one about validating the teen experience at Teen Librarian Toolbox and one about supporting teen girl fandom at Bookish Comforts.
- I am saving these alternate Harry Potter costumes for next year.
- I know I make a few of these common grammar mistakes.
- And some grammar tips from a copyeditor.
- The secrets of -nyms.
- What’s your favorite time period? YA lit has you covered.
- The layers of a scene.
- Fellow Fourteenery author Robin Talley shares some of her favorite YA LGBTQ characters of color.
- How cool are these Paddington Bear sculptures?
- Literary quizzes are the ultimate time-wasters.
- Love these international idioms.
Despite my blog silence over the last couple of weeks, I’ve returned from the 2013/14/15 writer retreat in Tennessee. I got to see some awesome writers I’d previously met, give major hugs to writers I’d only met online, and befriend new writers I didn’t know as well. A few highlights:
We stayed at a lodge in the Smoky Mountains, and the view from the porch was amazing!
I got to room with some pretty awesome people (and yes, we did watch “Hush” from Buffy while packing up on the last night):
We didn’t exactly go hungry, thanks to lots of great cooks and bakers:
There may or may not have been a dance party.
Two words: swag table:
Getting to hang out with YA/MG writers I love and admire.
And, of course, getting lots of writing done.
Special thanks to the amazing Natalie Parker for putting this all together! What an awesome time to share thoughts and have fun with some fantastic writers.