fan fiction-ing

fan fiction-ing

So, two stories now, that originated as Twilight fan fiction, have become actual books. With names changed and seven figure deals. The whole idea of it raises, I think, problematic and interesting questions. Obviously, at some level, all works of fiction play on central, common themes. Authors retell fairy tales and ancient mythology and rework […]

August 2, 2012 | Posted in Commentary
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
New York

New York

I admit, I’d never been to New York before. Which wouldn’t be much of an admission if I didn’t also add that I was never really interested in ever going. Something about it always seemed far too east coast and foreign in my mind and I would have been perfectly happy never to experience that […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Life, travel
Civil War encampment

Civil War encampment

I’m not a huge fan of modern history. I like Victorian London and medieval Europe in my fiction. With true history I’m more interested in the sociology and mythology of ancient cultures (particularly Greece and Rome). But that is probably in part because they have the best stories. So when I got the offer to […]

June 23, 2012 | Posted in Life
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
persistent, irrational doubts

persistent, irrational doubts

I so needed to hear this this morning. I was driving in to work this morning wondering why I’m having such a hard time writing this second book of mine. Why am I resisting something I enjoy doing so much? Am I really even a writer, as I supposed? Was writing the first one just […]

February 6, 2012 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses
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
Cover Dilemmas

Cover Dilemmas

It took me an entire year to getting around to read The Night Circus. I first heard about it in Jan/2010 and it sounded interesting but between the cover and the description I didn’t find anything terribly compelling about it. It probably would have sat around waiting to be read for another year if I […]

December 4, 2011 | Posted in Books