Saturday Summation – 29 September 2012

Here are some of my most interesting blog and news reads of the week.

Writing Stuff:

Author Seanan McGuire was apparently asked the question about when one of his characters in his series was finally going to be raped. McGuire’s first line following that is “Not “if.” Not “do you think.” But “when,” and “finally.” Because it is a foregone conclusion, you see, that all women must be raped, especially when they have the gall to run around being protagonists all the damn time.” What follows in his LiveJournal post, “Things I will not do to my characters. Ever.” is a great personal reflection on the whole idea. At this point in time, I feel like I will never write addiction into my character’s lives. What sorts of things won’t you do to your characters?

Penguin came under fire recently for filing lawsuits against authors who didn’t write the novels for which they signed contracts. In others words, they have to give their advances back. I don’t think there is a huge faction in an uproar, but those that are seem to be reading more into the news than is actually there. From this article, it seems pretty straightforward: authors signed contracts for a book they said they would write, but then they didn’t write them. Seems like a reasonable publisher expectation to me.

Jeffrey Davis wrote a post that resonated with me as it reflected my own goals as I write posts. Because blogging is not true journalism, I always try to keep in mind that I am simply offering my experience and perspective on coneepts and issues. In other words, I’m sharing, but in an effort to open conversation. Here are Davis’s thoughts: “The Power of ‘I’ in Your Blog“.

Just today, my friend Sarah sent me a link to a photo that acts as a funny follow-up bit of humor to my own post earlier this week on using profanity in our writing. 10 times in history when use of the “F” word was acceptable.


Reading Stuff:

J.K. Rowling’s new adult fiction book came out on Thursday. A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to the extraordinary measures behind the publicity and launch plans. This week The Guardian published a great interview with Rowling that reassures you that she is the same as we always imagine her and that a publicity manager and legal team do not an author personality make.


Song of the Week:

RIP Andy Williams. Guess what, “Moon River” is not the song I think of with him. It’s actually “Song Sung Blue”, but even more than that is my husband’s all-time favorite Christmas song, “Happy Holidays”. I had to go with that one here. 😀

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