I’ve been working on Charlie & Cub lately. Partly because this damn novel needs to be done. Partly because I can’t leave it alone–I can’t leave Charlie’s world alone. But mostly because I gave it to my first readers, and my husband is probably the best reader I’ve ever had. But he also pointed out some major flaws.
I have a character (Sam) who is introduced in Book 3, and is actually pretty important in Book 5, but he isn’t super consistent. He rebels against Charlie in Book 3, and yet falls over himself trying to help her in Book 5. He’s supposed to work as Charlie’s same-age frenemy. But I don’t really know who Sam is. I know what I want him to be, but who he’s turned out to be — a bit of mystery.
I admit it, I got pretty excited when I saw the July Authors’ Earnings report. It mainly focussed on ebooks and those ebooks bought through Amazon; however, it wasn’t the earnings that got me excited. I was excited because as I read, I came to a graph. This graph:
Children’s. (They forgot the apostrophe.) But “Children’s” was on a graph suggesting it was possible to earn some money (not much money) from publishing children’s ebooks.
I went away, emailed the husband, all excited and then it hit me.
What exactly did Children’s mean? The definition of children’s books, at least in the publishing world, tends to include Young Adult novels. So is this graph showing actual children’s books (books for under twelve-year-olds — my own definition) or children and young adult books (books for anyone under 16 years)?
In my experience, I have not seen a strong uptake of … Read more.
I have over 850 favourited tweets on Twitter. I use the favourite button as a bookmark button. Things that look interesting but I don’t really have time to investigate right now. Things that are interesting and I want to repost on Tumblr or talk about on this blog. Things that I never get around to actually looking at again.
However, that is no longer true! I’ve gone through the last eighteen months of tweets, unfavourited a bunch of them (mostly job openings or grant funding applications), but also found a familiar theme running through a few of them.
That theme was Harry Potter and how much its fans love it. Those books have had a lasting impact on an entire generation (and the older generation as well–the parents). I read the books, I watch the movies, and I am in awe of Ms Rowling. I don’t think there will … Read more.
Note: I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, and I’m still not sure where I stand. But I really can’t sit on it forever. So excuse the very open-ended-ness of this post, but I feel like I should post it now or I never will.
…the word soon took on a more celebratory, inclusive cast. Nerdfighters weren’t against anything; they were simply proud to immerse themselves in interests that others might find geeky or arcane. Indeed, the nerdfighter community is strikingly civil and constructive for an Internet subculture.
Between watching Henry V (theatre play by Bell Shakespeare) and Band of Brothers (mini-series by HBO), this quote has been said in my life a lot lately. Even without knowing the play or having watched the mini-series, I assume–I hope–that these words make others feel something. Sad, nostalgic. It makes me appreciate the power of words.… Read more.
This book was addictive. Not only is the writing typical Levithan–accessible, fast-paced, emotive–but gets inside your head. Each morning as A is ripped from one body and wakes up in a new one, you feel like you’ve been doing this for a very long time. Just as A has. Then A wakes up as Justin and falls in love with his girlfriend. Everyday explores the idea of gender and sexuality. A does not have a gender. Hen* experiences sexuality as both male and female. A is able to clearly explain that gender and sexuality is fluid, and you believe hen.
The Fault in Our Stars (John Green, Penguin). This one can’t be ignored, especially since the movie is making women and their daughters everywhere sob out loud in cinemas. Two teenagers fall in love and they just happen to have cancer – a lovely, heartbreaking book that shows all the beautiful and ugly emotions associated with grief. Recommended for 14+
I am the editor of a scrapbook magazine. This means that all the new friends and creatives I meet are papercrafters, not writers. And often they have kids. Occasionally I’ll see a post like the one on the left on my social media streams and I just have to jump in and recommend books because I love introducing people to my favourites. (And all the writers in my life know this list.)
Note I: This post will deal with series only. They are not in any particular order.
Note II: Harry Potter is not on the list because it’s assumed you’ve already read it.
The Lumatere Chronicles. (Melina Marchetta, Penguin) I had to start with an Aussie series, but this series holds its own against even the best overseas series. A country is in exile and it’s up … Read more.
“It all just disappears, doesn’t it? Everything you are, gone in a moment, like breath on a mirror. … We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people, all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good. You gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”
Episode: The Time of the Doctor, December 2013
(Notable posts about Matt’s Doctor here and here.)… Read more.
I met Markus Zusak last week. And while he will probably not remember me, I felt I found a kindred spirit. Writing can be a very lonely and often alienating job. Most commonly, I hear that you’re not a writer if you’re not doing A, B and C.
I don’t do A, B and C.
I don’t work on more than one piece of writing at a time. I don’t spend time writing short stories, poetry or creative non-fiction. I don’t submit to journals. Nor do I win competitions. I don’t read widely. I repeat books often, sometimes more than twice a month, but I don’t read widely.
All of these things are the opposite of what writers “should” do, according to almost every writer, university lecturer and blogger I’ve ever read/talked to on the subject of ‘being a writer’.
But you know what? Markus Zusak doesn’t do these … Read more.