Reading · Writing

Saturday Summation – 17 August 2013

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

Reading Stuff

If I should ever publish a book, I fear I could never be as enterprising and creative as author Emily Liebert was with her promotional efforts. “Swag” is the thing these days and Liebert’s ability to connect with a cosmetics company to create nail polish colors to match her characters is a work of genius. Check out the book, the polish, and the other routes she went to promote in a fun way: A polished book-marketing plan nails it 

Sophia McDougall wrote an article that got a lot of Twitter press this week about her unhappiness with the idea that there are “strong” female characters in stories. Her point is that this idea of strength is automatic with male characters, when what we should be expecting is just “characters”… let them be smart, powerful, insensitive, odd, or whatever. She uses Sherlock Holmes as a solid comparison, which works, but I’m not sold on her other examples, nor am I altogether sure about her arguments as a whole. What do you think?

Patrick Rothfuss, one of my favorite authors, recently blogged about discovering the first and only child he knew of in the world that had been named Kvothe, which is his main character’s name in his Kingkiller Chronicles. He feels a certain kinship with the child and wrote a letter to him. My favorite line is this: “I hope your life is hard, but not too hard.” So many wish for others to have an easy life – but there is a lot to be said for a journey that is not worry-free, isn’t there? How wise.

Writing Stuff

Author Sharon Bially has a great post about how sometimes we can let our fantasies run away from us – “Maybe my book will hit #1 on the NY Times bestseller list!” “Maybe I’ll be stopped on the street to autograph someone’s copy of my book!” But she reminds us that dreaming big actually nurtures our process, and then ultimately our product.

While we dream big, though, author Carolyn Turgeon keeps us from floating away from the product in her post about her own novel-writing mistakes to share so that you can avoid them. Her final line after some good advice amused me: “So please do not make these mistakes. I know there are plenty of other mistakes you can make, and I would advise you not to make those, either. You’re welcome.”

Chuck Wendig then gives us his internal rant that he suffers through the editing stage – some of which I laughed out loud at because I could relate to it, and most of the other bits because the guy is just freakin’ funny. I should probably read on of his books soon, too, just because (not that he writes comedy or anything – but on principle, you know?)

Song of the Week

No particular videos totally grabbed me these past couple of weeks, but my current novel (#3 – whoo hoo!) is starting to gain some traction and words are making it to the page. Several songs have already populated my writing playlist for it, but this one was the first official song to start it out – “Sing Loud” by Alpha Rev


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