Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
With The Giver movie coming out one of these days, I was interested in this article in the NY Times Books section about Lois Lowry and her thoughts about the film adaptation and the book itself. It ended up being more of a standard author interview, so I searched for other recent articles that would give me some idea of how Lowry might be feeling about the whole deal. Somewhere I had read that she never wanted to sell movie rights to any of her books, but then I discovered that she had sold the rights to The Giver 18 years ago. I enjoyed this article from hypable.com instead, which gives a lot more perspective on the movie adaptation. If you are “worried” about the movie, I think you will like what Lowry has to say.
There is a whole lot of continued hubbub going about with the Amazon/Hatchette disagreement and with Amazon in general. I’m certainly not going to add to that, but instead, I read this interesting spin-off from some of that discussion/debate/(argument?) regarding the relationship between self-published authors and agents. Seth Fishman gives a nicely written post about what agents are looking for – which is a good story they can sell, from wherever it comes from. Lots of balanced insight.
Getting the details right is a big deal in our writing. I’ve written about this kind of thing here and here in the past and talk about balancing real vs. authentic and when wrong details can pull a reader out of a story. Like anything, there is a huge range of feelings on this topic, but the great thing is that we have this HUGE fact and detail-checker at our fingertips. And because of that, we can find goodies like this post about the truth in writing scenes that occur in a forest. I know you have all read stuff that makes every one of these mistakes and often have not cared, but really, why not try to get it right sometimes, you know?
Song of the Week:
I added this song to my current WIP playlist and in some way, the refrain overlaps with my feelings about a recent incident in our neighborhood where a police officer was shot and killed – just a couple of blocks away from our house. Even if the connection is loose, I’m still throwing this song on this post this week because it has just really resonated with me: “My, My, My” – Rob Thomas