But seriously, tea first. And after. (h/t Book Riot)
A few of good links for today:
- The amazing Christa Desir on Other Broken Things, advice for writers, and books that don’t work.
- Making a living as a writer is so rare.
- Not so rare? Getting stabbed in Shakespeare.
- Get these awesome and diverse 2016 debut authors on your pre-order list.
- Great interview with Gene Luen Yang, our new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
- The hard truths about breaking into/staying in publishing.
- Creative epiphanies from successful people.
- Loved Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert.
- 90% of what I want to do on vacation is read.
- Awesome list of feminist heroes in (largely children’s/YA) fiction.
- As always, libraries are so, so necessary.
A few links to get you through the middle of the week:
- Possibly the greatest Google doodle ever. Green Gables forever!
- I would love to see this Gene Luen Yang art exhibit.
- On writing and running.
- And speaking of running, marathon advice for writing a novel.
- What’s your book nerd score?
- Teen magazines and capturing an era.
- Historical fiction and the stories of women.
- Some bookish podcasts for your listening pleasure.
- Sometimes you just don’t want to devote all that time to a series.
- What high school seniors are reading across the country.
- Poetry in YA fiction.
- And speaking of poetry, picture books require just as much focus and accuracy of language.
- Great post on writing interracial romances.
- How to make an e-reader stand out of a coat hanger and other hacks for your reading life.
- Is the book better than the movie?
Because fall always makes me feel like rereading Harry Potter, I couldn’t resist sharing this lovely stop-motion video by unPOP:
I love how Harry Potter fans have made such awesome work–videos like this one, fanfic, song parodies, etc.–based on the book series we love. Books like these definitely outlast the individual reading experience.
I love this illustration by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. The quote by Madeleine L’Engle seems particularly apt for Banned Books Week, as her most famous book, A Wrinkle in Time has been on banned and challenged book lists since its publication in the 1960s.
Debbie has lots of other awesome illustrations available for sharing and printing. Make sure to check out her great work and share your enthusiasm for reading!
“Even though one loses out here and there, and even though one sometimes feels a falling off, one must rally and take courage again, even though things should turn out differently from what one originally intended…For great things do not just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together.”—Vincent van Gogh
Take courage, artists. Every day.
Happy Friday, everyone! This week has been more than enough for me, so I’m all too happy to head into the weekend. Let’s get things started with a look at what I’ve been reading and writing, in fifteen words or fewer.
Reading: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Beautifully illustrated look at that summer between being a child and being a teen.
Writing: “I am so not a badger,” I said. “Take that back.”
This character has to learn to embrace his inner Hufflepuff.