Here are some of my most interesting blog and news reads of the week:
Some Reading Stuff…
Huffington Post did an excellent job of being yet another source to remind me of my mediocrity by interviewing a 16-year old who now has national attention on his mature book reviews and probably the coolest line is when he responds to the idea that he is a “bonafide book critic”.
This little article from The Guardian is kind of a fun (even if it’s kind of obvious if you are a serious reader) about letting a fictional character consume you to change your behaviors. I hadn’t read the comments when I posted the article on Twitter, then someone pointed out how entertaining they were and she was absolutely right. The comments outshine the article. Enjoy.
Some Writing Stuff…
Tired of me talking about (and mostly criticizing) the self e-publishing thing? You can go listen to a couple of other angles on the idea first from Jami Gold, an unpubbed author like me who talks about the idea that some authors simply skip having crit readers saying that those who buy their books from Amazon will be sure to let them know of errors. Cringe. However, she explores a different angle altogether regarding updates and changes based upon what she learned about the history of musical works. Check out her post on “Are eBooks Ever Done?”
On the agent side, which means it might be a little biased, but still had me thinking YES after reading it, Rachelle Gardner talks about how “Quality Books Take Time”.
If you’re a blogger looking for more exposure, you might also consider Gardner’s week-long audition for guest bloggers throughout the summer.
I posted an article about Bones showrunner Hart Hanson a couple of weeks ago, and part of the reason I did that was because I really respect his television storytelling. After watching 4.5 season of In Plain Sight, David Maples has crept up into that realm, not leaving behind others such as David E. Kelley and Aaron Sorkin. Given that, I got a kick out of Lydia Sharp’s post on the Writer Unboxed blog about how “[..]Novelists Can Benefit from Watching Movies and TV Shows.”
On the kid side, I saw a lovely post by a Limbird Writer (Vanessa) about ideas for stimulating children and storytelling. One of the things I liked about it was that her ideas simply get kids to think creatively – and not necessarily worry about a complete and structured story. Additionally, it doesn’t take much for a writer to recognize that with just gentle shifts in sophistication, you have ideas that work for adult storytellers, too.
If for some reason you did not hear of Maurice Sendak’s passing this past week, then you have heard it now. He had a guest spot interview with Stephen Colbert earlier in the year, and it seems like the perfect video to include in this post (if the embedded video isn’t showing up, the link in the table will take you there – it’s quite entertaining):
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1|