Category: Books

Character plotting

Character plotting

I’m not a plotter. Character and dialog I’m completely comfortable with but plot is a struggle for me (hopefully less and less as a I write more and more but for now it’s tough). So, I’m always looking to learn more about plotting or hear how successful authors address plot or read things that give […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Character, Enchanted Storms, Plot, Story Courses
Things of 2012

Things of 2012

Lots of people had great lists of books from 2012, much more creative ways of looking back like Tracy Neithercott’s YA Superlative Blogfest. I just have a boring old list of the best books I read in 2012 – but it’s got superb books on it! For my book list I went to goodreads and […]

January 11, 2013 | Posted in Books
NPR’s Teen Novel vote

NPR’s Teen Novel vote

You may or may not have heard that NPR is compiling a list of the Best Teen Novels Ever (you can vote here). In principle I think it’s a fun idea. Though the title, and therefore the premise, is a bit pompous. Best Teen Novels *Ever*? Really? I don’t know that you, or anyone, has […]

July 30, 2012 | Posted in Books
the unrecognizable expression

the unrecognizable expression

You know what I hate in books? When an author says: “a look she didn’t recognize crossed his face.” There are a dozen different variations on this but the essence is: someone is feeling something but the first person protagonist can’t make sense of it. It’s understandable – the book is written in first person […]

April 27, 2012 | Posted in Books
I’m the one that’s cool

I’m the one that’s cool

When I first read Joel Stein’s dismissive of YA literature I admittedly bristled, much like Alyssa’s reaction at Think Progress. But then I looked a little closer as research for this post. First of all, this is part of a discussion by The New York Times on YA fiction, so while Stein is entitled to […]

April 5, 2012 | Posted in Books
DNF Scale

DNF Scale

When I was younger I always finished books. Required reading doesn’t count in that statement because who really *wants* to read all of The Portrait of Dorian Gray when you can get the gist of it from class discussion? And ok I am a little bit curious to actually read it now. Anyway, when I […]

January 1, 2012 | Posted in Books
sensory deprivation

sensory deprivation

Despite my previous blog about e-books and my entire point of view on them, this weekend I read my first e-book. And I *loved* the story. didn’t love the format so much. Theoretically, I adore e-books (and absolutely stand by my assertion that publishers should make them wildly available). I like having my entire library […]

December 5, 2011 | Posted in Books
Jane Austen for a new generation

Jane Austen for a new generation

HarperTeen has recently released four Jane Austen classics with Twilight-esque covers. They’ve also released Wuthering Heights and Romeo & Juliet with similar covers. It’s kind of genius. First of all, HarperTeen has a reputation for exquisite covers so it’s appropriate that they take classics and flash them up a bit, make them more palatable for […]

November 20, 2011 | Posted in Books
the e-book blog

the e-book blog

I don’t understand why the publishing industry hasn’t embraced e-books. I don’t know if anyone does, actually. From all appearances they have a product with virtually no cost to produce (since authors are profit participants and not actually paid for their time, even with hard copy). Why would anyone resist that? There are, in fact, […]

August 24, 2011 | Posted in Books

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I finished the latest draft of my book tonight. It made me cry, which is kind of awesome. Except, I have the perfect soundtrack to compliment it – the songs I put together and have been listening to as I wrote it. So, of course I skipped to the happy, beautiful songs at the end […]

January 16, 2011 | Posted in Tattered Heart