Been busy. Busy writing (!), busy living, busy working. Social networking is awesome in a lot of ways. I wouldn’t have been able to meet or talk to some of the amazing people I’ve met. Writing is this solitary thing but the Internet makes it less so. And yet… I wake up at around 7am.
I wasn’t poor growing up, but I wasn’t rich either. Money was often tight. When I hit puberty and graduated from kid shoes to adult shoes, my mom tried to buy me women’s sneakers and tell me that they were men’s because it was during the time when Nike was trying to rape consumers with
So I’m readin Melina Marchetta’s THE PIPER’S SON. I think adults would love it. The first book my mom read on her Kindle was Marchetta’s JELLICOE ROAD. Both books are sold here in the States as YA. Markus Zusack’s I AM THE MESSENGER and THE BOOK THIEF are sold as adult books in Australia and
Sometimes I feel like I haven’t got anything left to say to the Internet. After all, the Internet has said it all. I think I’m going to neglect my blog for the summer and spend more time on Twitter. Between writing a book, vacations, a grueling work schedule, and refilling my well, I think I
Reading and writing both require trust. The writer asks for it and the reader offers it. When I first read THE HUNGER GAMES, I accepted the rules by which Suzanne Collins was going to play. Everyone was going to go into an arena, only one would come out. She complicated the story by also sending
This blog chain post is a little late, but this time around the amazing, wonderful Abby wants to know: There are SO many writing rules, but sometimes we have to break one or two, just to keep things interesting. Is there a writing rule you’ve broken on purpose? Why did you choose to break it?
This is going to be a short bit. I don’t believe that every rule is meant to be followed without exception. When I was younger, I remembered reading somewhere that one should never use contractions except in dialog. My writing was a veritable desert. So formal and stodgy. So when King says that adverbs are
The article in the WSJ DARKNESS TOO VISIBLE has whipped the YA community into a frenzy this weekend. Just go check out the awesomeness that is the Twitter hashtag #YASaves. It’s pretty amazing. I only have two real beefs with this article. The first is that it is an opinion piece masquerading as journalism. I am
I like rules. There is a certain comfort in knowing where the lines are, in knowing the boundaries. Lawlessness makes me uncomfortable. True anarchy could never really happen. If our government ceased to exist–just one day poofed from existence–something would rise to take its place. People want to be told what to do, what’s appropriate,
If you haven’t read Andrew Smith’s THE MARBURY LENS, you should probably check out of this post now. I’m going to spoil the hell out of it. You’ve been warned. Last year, I was taken by Andrew Smith’s THE MARBURY LENS. It was violent and raw and amazingly well written and it messed with my