I have been reading Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (BRILLIANT) and outlining all week, so I haven’t been doing a lot of online stuff. This week’s Friday Ephemera is pretty sad.
TELL GREAT STORIES
- Next week is Banned Book Week and I’m going to be pulling out all the emotional heart strings for this one. I’m going to be attacking the challengers of “dark YA” and also telling you some about me growing up. I’m kind of afraid because it is the most personal I’ve ever been online, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
- If you haven’t yet signed up for MonsterFest, do now! Go! And tell people about it. I actually have quite a few sign ups. I’m going to post the schedule next week of those who have already signed up. There are some GREAT monsters being covered.
- YA Highway has a post this week about Ghostwriting. Not the kind with actual ghosts. The kind where you don’t get credit.
- Author Claudia Gray guested on The Other Side of the Story to talk about first person vs. third person writing.
- Last week C.A. Marshall wrote 8 Reasons Why I Hate Your Book, which sounds heart wrenching when she puts it that way, but there are some really good reasons for hating a book in this list. #5, coincidences, is one of my BIG BIG HATE LIST ARGH items. I don’t scream, “OH MY GOD THAT WAS A TERRIBLE COINCIDENCE” though. I usually scream, “OH MY GOD THAT WAS SO CONTRIVED I’M KIND OF EMBARRASSED.” I do sort of use all caps in real life when things annoy me.
- George R.R. Martin on killing off characters.
On Writing…but Not
- The lovely Kiersten White talks about beauty, and she’s quite forthcoming about her feelings.
- Claudie talks about creative classes and group critics
- Laura Moss reports on the Decatur Book Festival and the advice the experts gave
- WORD for Teens wrote about her Fall Reading List. What’s on yours?
- Michael Offutt discusses the brazen similarities between bestselling books and how disheartening it can feel. What do you think? Are there too many copycat stories floating around these days? And why do you think they are doing so well?
Our Weird World
- i09 reports on a hidden painting between a 19th century masterpiece.
- Electron Boy passed away last weekend and everyone in the world mourned him. Do you remember Electron Boy? The Make-A-Wish foundation made his wish come true to be a superhero for a day. And oh boy did they make his dreams come true, and the dreams of everyone in the world. I can’t even think about this story without crying my eyes out.
Margo Lerwill is hosting the I AM LEGEND blogfest next September 29th. From her blog
On September 29, 2011, stand up to say I AM LEGEND and tell us why. One of the participants will win either a copy of Donald Maass’s The Fire in Fiction or a hardcover edition of George R. R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons, winner’s choice. The winner will be picked at random and announced here on Friday, September 30th, 2011.
Claudie is hosting the Superheroes of Science blogfest all next week! I love her science posts, so I’m pretty excited about this one. Claudie has a new site she’s moving her blog over to, and this is the official kick off blogfest to celebrate. So help her celebrate! From her blog:
The blogfest takes place between Sept 25th and Sept 30th, on my new digs and your respective blogs. You can participate by answering to one of the prompts below (or anything related) and adding your name to Linky below.
There is a secret prize! At the end of the blogfest, I will use my awesome dice to pick the winner from participants.
Join us in three challenges:
1) Oct 24 post about your favorite literary supporting character
2) Oct 26 post about your favorite literary protagonist
3) Oct 28 post about your favorite literary antagonist
All entires should be 250 words maximum, but you may use all the pictures you’d like.