As authors, it can be hard to read for fun. It’s hard to not notice the character arc or the plot structure. Turning off your brain so you’re not analyzing the theme can be a challenge. And although there are definite benefits to critical reading texts, it can take the joy out of reading.
I am possibly one of the last to do so, but I finally got around to reading the 4 main books in the Lunar Chronicles Series. Basically, the books are retellings of Grimm Fairy Tales set in a techno future with the Earth pitted against the humans on the Moon.
No one’s going to argue that when it comes to creating a book, the most important person is the author. After all, it is the author that brings the story to life, that brings the idea to the page. But just like with any career, there are people that can make that idea the best it can be. Right now, I am specifically thinking about editors.
By Brittany Cavallaro A Study in Charlotte updates the Holmes/Watson mythos for modern teens. Jamie Watson, yes, the descendant of THAT Watson has just started boarding school in Connecticut not far from his estranged father. His interest though isn't in repairing his...
I took the summer off from blogging, from reading kid books, and from writing. This wasn't an intentional decision. I didn't sit down and decide that I wanted a break. Instead, life sort of caught up with me. All of the sudden it was August and Back to School Season...
Princess of Thorns is an interesting mash-up of the Sleeping Beauty and Swan Prince fairy tales.
Some of my favorite writing resources weren’t written by novelists or for novelists; they are the books written by screenwriters for plotting a movie. These books have some of the clearest, most helpful words ever written on the subject of plots.
Today is a big day for this little old blog. On this day exactly, ten years ago, I began blogging about editing for a small press over on Blogger.
This morning was the perfect morning. I woke up and my husband and son were out of town. I didn’t have a bunch of pressing emails, and I’m fairly caught up on both my CBAY work and the online marketing class I’m taking.
For once, I had free time. FREE TIME!!!
Today I hit the road on my way to the annual Texas Librarians Association conference. I love conferences like this. It's the kind where I'm not a speaker, not really an exhibitor, and I'm not a conference attendee. Basically, it's a trip where I get to hang out with...