Pirates, Cyborgs and Time Travel, or my week in books

One thing I love about books is all the different places I get to experience and visit all from the safety of my living room couch. This week I’ve gone to some pretty cool places. Sara Varon’s lovely little graphic novel Robot Dreams took me to a world...

You Never Know Where Your Writing Will Take You

Chances are, you haven’t heard of Rebecca Woodhead . . . yet. I began following her blog about the ups and downs of being an unpublished writer. Then I began following her Twitter updates, as she decided to compete in the Miss Twitter competition. Now, I am...

Making a Deal with the Devil

For some there are two types of writing. There is the sort of writing that constitutes the creation of actual literature, the writing of novels, short stories, plays, poetry, perhaps even newspaper articles and depending on how broad one wants to go, blog posts,...

You are Not Alone: Join a Writing Group

Writing can be a pretty lonely thing. Most of the time it’s just you and your computer (or if you are more like Harriet and yours truly you and your notebook.) Yes, we tend to be the quirky, iconoclastic ones always at the fringes of things, watching everything...

Win a book: Drama Queers

Bibliofreak has a book give away running until August 16. Hop on over and tell the world just what sort of geeky (or incredibly cool) clubs and activities you were involved in during high school, to be eligible to win a a signed copy of Drama Queers! by Frank Anthony...

Recovering from my Library All Nighter

I used to work full time in a library, and continue to volunteer for the library because I enjoy it so much. The library has an annual lock-in event for loyal teen advisory board (TAB, if you want to speak library lingo) members. The evening begins at 9 p.m. (a little...

Thoughts on School Visits by YA Authors

I’ve been flipping through a book called The Making of a Bestseller: Success stories from authors and the editors, agents, and booksellers behind them by Brian Hill and Dee Power. The book is something of a mish-mosh, and most of the information is not relevant...

What I’m Reading: The Eternal Kiss

The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire is an anthology of vampire short stories by some of the best young adult authors out there (no not her, but there are some great writers in this anthology like her and her and her.) I’ll be honest I’m...

Saying Goodbye to Blake Snyder

I was shocked and saddened to hear that Blake Snyder passed away this morning due to cardiac arrest. Blake was a talented screenwriter, but he was an even more talented teacher of the art of screenwriting. In addition to books, I’ve also made valiant attempts at...

Why do spammers love WordPress?

I’ve written blogs before, but have always used Blogger. I did get occasional random comments, but nothing especially spammy. I know I haven’t been writing this blog for all that long, but for some reason the only comments have been spam. Is there...

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