Monthly Archives: March 2012

Book Review and Testimonial: The Never Prayer by Aaron Ritchey

Like almost everyone, I first met Aaron Ritchey at a writers’ conference. He had a long, blond ponytail and wore jeans and a corduroy jacket, like some kind of renegade lit professor. We instantly bonded over talk of YA paranormal … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up: Week of 3/18/12

In honor of the keenly-anticipated movie debut this week, let’s make this an all-Hunger Games all-the-time edition of the round-up. Sci-fi/fantasy blogger John Scalzi on why the movie industry is being owned by YA action. Thelma Adams on what your … Continue reading

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Hunger Games Review: “Destroying Things is Much Easier Than Making Them.”

Like a lot of passionate fans of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, I approached the inevitable movie with trepidation. Sure, the books were written in a spare, cinematic style that lends itself to film. But that hasn’t prevented some spectacular … Continue reading

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Fan Fiction: What Is It, and Why?

With the success of the barely-disguised Twilight fanfic Fifty Shades of Grey, fan fiction talk is all over the webwaves. Here’s a primer if you’re all ‘huh’?     Fan fiction can happen when fans of a story take over … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: What Suzanne Collins Did Right

It’s been a long time since I could read a book like a reader and not like a writer. What tense is this in? Whose head are we in? How is the writer handling the backstory? And mostly, DO something. … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up: Week of 3/11/12

Publishing Scott Turow, author and president of The Author’s Guild. “Yesterday’s report that the Justice Department may be near filing an antitrust lawsuit against five large trade book publishers and Apple is grim news for everyone who cherishes a rich … Continue reading

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The Irish and Writing by Devlin

St. Patrick’s day celebrations don’t have to be all about the green beer. We Irish are also famous for our way with words. Historically occupied by Britain and beaten down by religious oppression, the Irish were not great uprisers, but … Continue reading

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“Cinderella Did It”: Guest Post by J.A. Kazimer

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting j.a. kazimer, the author of the hilarious twisted fairy tale Curses! A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale. (See my review here: Spoiler alert! I liked it.) Julie has agreed to talk about the enduring nature … Continue reading

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Is Jonathan Franzen Pretty?

Author Jonathan Franzen is at it again, ticking people off in the name of literary commentary. This time, he’s on about Edith Wharton and how her writing must have been heavily influenced by the fact (he presents it as fact) … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up: Week of 2/26/12

Older article by writer Mary Willis Walker, who talks about her own process with her name, a subject dear to my heart. Self-Promotion Wildly successful crowdfunding effort for stick-figure comic. (via @JonathanGunson on twitter.) Publishing Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers … Continue reading

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