Saturday Summation – 20 September 2014

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

I only have a couple of articles to share today, but I thought I’d try to re-emerge into the blogosphere after an unplanned hiatus. I include some book recs, too. Does that make it worthwhile?

Writing Stuff:

Tons of methods for developing character can be found in blogs everywhere – and lots of them offer some great advice or practices. Natalia Sylvester offers one such activity for getting to know your character that also adds in key plot development. She suggests having your character write a letter to another character, or maybe even to your reader. Have your character bare her soul – what does she want them to know, but is too scared to tell them?

I don’t often share writing tips from big name authors because, well, I don’t know… maybe there is something about plausibility. Or feeling like they are further removed from where some of the rest of are in our writing journeys. I don’t know. More likely, those “tips” just feel too generic. However, Tana French shared some tips for Publisher’s Weekly that appealed to me, plus I know she’s also an author some of you really enjoy, and therefore her words may resonate even more for you.

 

Publishing Stuff:

Hey, my agent ROCKS. Romance Writers of America, NY gave out their Golden Apple Awards on Thursday and Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency won agent of the year. WOOT!

 

Books I’ve Read Recently that You Might Enjoy:

The Death of Bees – Lisa O’Donnell – Adult (my Goodreads review)

 The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt – Adult (my Goodreads review)

 The House on Olive Street – Robyn Carr – Adult (my Goodreads review)

Call Me By My Name – John Ed Bradley – Young Adult (my Goodreads review)

 Sweet On You – Laura Drake – Adult, Romance (my Goodreads review)

 The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan – Middle Grade (my Goodreads review)

Fun fact about The Lost Hero and this Heroes of Olympus series: I read this first one and really enjoyed it, and while there were references to the original Percy Jackson series, I didn’t feel like I missed much by having read them long ago since the main characters were all new. Now, however, I am reading the second book, The Son of Neptune and Percy Jackson is one of the main characters and there are all sorts of interesting references back to the original series that I only vaguely remember. That sort of thing bugs me, so I spent about 3 days speed-reading/scanning through the 5 books of the original series. Useful. Also worthwhile knowledge? Catching references in those books that Riordan is using in this current season. Props to Riordan for having vision along with foresight and/or retrospect in the outlining of his stories.

Song of the Week:

I didn’t really follow any of the news about Scotland and the vote for independence, but it seems appropriate enough to share an unofficial anthem for them:

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