- We couldn’t go a whole month without some new super drama roaring its ugly head between readers and writers and agents and parents and whatever. (This response is the funniest thing I’ve ever read though, fo’ real.) I’m declaring 2012 the year without super drama. Positive Outlooks and Bestest Friends for Everyone! I SAID GO MAKE SOME FRIENDS.
- Over at Brave New Worlds – a New Year’s Resolution I think we can all need to get behind: The power of positive thinking.
- Meanwhile, Jen at Jen’s Bookshelf wonders about the emotional side effects our books have on our readers and whether or not Stephen King has nightmares.
- Summer Frey wrote a very honest post on a topic few of us want to even discuss- putting the dream of publishing on a shelf.
- Delilah says “The Creative Cycle Will Kill You“
- I could listen to Malinda Lo talk about anything, but today she teaches about Being Conscious About Gender and it’s a really good read.
- Jim C. Hines wrote this piece about putting rape scenes in your story – why you shouldn’t do it (unless you know what you’re doing) and why so many of them in books right now are terrible and send the worst messages. My first reaction was one of discomfort – is this really happening? – until I realized that the book I’m reading right now and the book I recently finished both featured rape and attempted rape in the storyline.
- 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing
- YA Confidential discusses talking about the digital age in your books -Twitter and Facebook and blogging and lists some great YA books that tackle social media head on.
- Lydia Kang, one of my favorite bloggers in the whole world, talks about the “What Factor” of blogging and then follows up later with an awesome and creepy post about Prions which I think Claudie will love as much as I did.
- Sort of blogging – sort of – Pinterest Tips for Writers!
All That Other Stuff
- Mary Robinette Kowel has launched a great idea: The Month of Letter Writing (like, real letters. With stamps. And mailboxes nailed to the front of your house.) If you were around last Valentine’s Day, you can already guess the announcement I’m going to make on Monday, so you can see how excited I am about February being the Month of Letter Writing.