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Saturday Grab Bag

19 Mar

Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

  • Where Are All The Daring Women’s Heroines?
  • – Seriously fantastic article on daring female characters and how there are plenty of brave, adventurous female role models for children; but how you won’t find adult equivalents very easily.

  • YA vs. Adult: Do You Have The Voice?
  • – Not only is our very own Mandy Hubbard quoted in this article (yay Mandy!), but this is a great look at why not everyone can write for young adults. And how “crossover appeal” isn’t actually all that appealing.

  • DNA Writers
  • – If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you probably know that we think C.A. Marshall is all kinds of wonderful. She’s started a group blog with some fellow NaNo writers. So while all of us LTWF contributors came together through our experiences on FictionPress, all the contributors at DNA Writers came together through NaNoWriMo!

  • Famous Writers’ Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts
  • – A sweet article looking at writing huts! (Makes me want one of my own!)

  • Literary Agent Natalie Fischer on Nailing Voice
  • – An interview with Julie Eshbaugh’s agent Natalie Fischer discussing how you know whether or not a voice is right for your manuscript. A great interview!

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Quotes:

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Often, I get the feeling that the story is really happening somewhere and all I’m doing is trying to work out the best way to tell it.

— Garth Nix

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Happy Saturday everyone! Share any thoughts or cool links in the comments!


 

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Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup and Quotes

5 Mar

Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

  • Four Thousand Words Jam
  • – Four Thousand Words Jam (FTWjam) is a brand new writing jam to get people writing out of their own comfort zones, and just get them writing (even when they’re stuck with writers block)! The jam is bi-monthly, and you have 48 hours to take the suggested theme/prompt and write 4k. The first FTWjam has started (theme is “Stop right there, evildoer!”) – so take a look and check it out!

  • Three Questions to Ask When You Don’t Know Your Plot From Your Story
  • – Do you know what the difference is between your story and your plot? If you’re not sure what the difference is, James Killick can enlighten you. This is a great article – so be sure to read it!

  • YA Mafia & Other Things You Don’t Need to Worry About
  • – There has been some talk in the book blogging and reviewing community, as well as in the writing community, the idea that there is a YA Mafia – that there are YA authors banned together ruining up the writing careers of those who leave them bad reviews. Author Justine Larbalestier argues that this is just pure myth.

  • Save 50/50 Petition
  • – After nine decades, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has decided to quietly discontinue the 50 Books/50 Covers competition – a competition that had celebrated every year excellence in book design. But even though they didn’t annouce anything, people in the design and book industry have noticed it missing. If you have a chance and believe that book cover designers deserve to be recognized once again, please sign the petition.

  • Presenting… Query Day!
  • – Our very own Susan Dennard is hosting Query Days at her blog! What exactly is Query Day, you ask? Once a month, Sooz will put up a post asking for people to send in their queries – and after receiving 10 queries, she will close submissions and over the following weeks critique those 10 queries! Think that sounds super awesome? Well, SO DO WE!

  • How to Format a Manuscript + Now With Free Downloadable Checklist!
  • – The ever wonderful C.A. Marshall has made a very thorough guide to formatting your MS correctly!

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Quotes:

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“The great thing about fantasy is that you can drag dreams and longings and hopes and fears and strivings out of your subconscious and call them ‘magic’ or ‘dragons’ or ‘faeries’ and get to know them better. But then I write the stuff. Obviously I’m prejudiced.”
— Robin McKinley

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“The main thing is to WRITE. Some days it might be 2000 words. Some days you might tinker with two sentences until you get them just right. Both days belong in the writing life. Some days you may watch a ‘Doctor Who’ marathon or become immersed in a book that is so good you can’t stop reading. Some days you may be in love or in mourning. Those days belong in the writing life, too. Live them without guilt.

— L.K Madigan

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In honour of L.K. Madigan, who passed away last week on February 23rd, 2011, we’ve made her novel THE MERMAID’S MIRROR our Book of the Month for March. And we’ve also included the quote above.

And in honour of Brian Jacques, author of the REDWALL series who passed away February 5th, The Story Girl is hosting the Redwall Nostalgia Challenge.


 

Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup

11 Dec

Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

  • Twitter: It’s Not You, It’s Me
  • – A writer’s letter to Twitter – a really great read if you’re on Twitter as well (or even if you’re thinking of using it).

  • What is Dystopian Fiction?
  • – As someone who took a Utopian/Dystopian literature course a few years back, I’m thrilled that Dystopian fiction is trending in YA. In this article, Meagan Spooner talks about what makes dystopian fiction… well, dystopian. (I also loves that she brings up Thomas Moore’s Utopia, which I recommend you read).

  • Lulu Title Scorer
  • – Think your title has what it takes? How likely is it that your title becomes a bestseller? Try out this title scorer!

  • Your Mileage May Vary
  • – A wonderful post by author Libba Bray, responding to a message from a reader seeking advice for her future.

  • What Happens When It IS You
  • – What it feels like to be on submission.

  • 5 Things That Make A Writer
  • – Interesting article on what makes a writer.

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Quotes:

“If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers.”
— Irvin S. Cobb

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“Be persistent. Editors change; tastes change; editorial markets change. Too many beginning writers give up too easily.”
— John Jakes

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“I don’t want to create responsible shows with lawyers in them. I want to invade people’s dreams.”
—Joss Whedon, writer/producer

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If you’ve come across any great links/quotes, share them in the comments!

 

The Return of the Saturday Grab Bag!

4 Dec

THAT’S RIGHT… IT’S THE RETURN OF THE

Hey all! It’s been a month since the last Saturday Grab Bag (can you believe it?), but it feels good to be putting them together again. I just wanted to include a quick little note saying thanks to everyone for all the wonderful congratulatory comments while I was away getting hitched – and that it feels GREAT to be back!

Vanessa Di Gregorio (Campbell!)

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Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

  • How to Get 100% Full-Request Rate
  • – Warning: you will laugh hysterically. And you will laugh out loud. If there is one link you should click and read in this entire post, it is this one. And then you will know exactly how to get agents to fall over their feet to sign you.

  • So You Want to Write a Novel
  • – A Youtube video that will make you laugh!

  • ‘T’ Shirts
  • – Attention all typography lovers! These aren’t your ordinary t-shirts – these are t-shirts that pay homage to different typographies! You need to click this link to really see what I mean.

  • Publishing 911
  • – And… more hilarity! A blog post featuring a ‘transcript’ between the Operator at Publishing 911, and the various callers. Read it: you’ll love it.

  • James Frey’s Fiction Factory
  • – Okay okay. Time to get serious here, folks. You’ve probably already heard about this, but for those who haven’t, get ready to be appalled. Frey’s controversial publishing company, Full Fathom Five, is hiring authors – and taking advantage of them.

  • Definitive List of Clichéd Dialogue
  • – Yes, that’s right. A list of clichéd dialogue. (And you know what… I’m totally guilty of some of those lines in my past works. Who knows… there might be some in my current WIP! Dun dun dunnn).

  • One-Trick Pony
  • – This is a great post! And looks at something that most (if not all) writers worry about at some point; that you’re just a one-trick pony.

  • 10 Ways to Create a Plot Twist
  • – I don’t know about you, but I’m a HUGE fan of lists; and this article delivers! Awesome post (complete with Star Wars reference, too!).

  • I Value The Arts
  • – This was a special request from one of our readers in the UK. I Value The Arts is an online petition against the cutting of funding for the arts in the UK. So if you’re interested in joining the cause to protect the arts, you can register and show your support on this site.

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Quotes:

“Sure, it’s simple, writing for kids… Just as simple as bringing them up.”

— Ursula K. LeGuin

“This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.”

— Barbara Kingsolver

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What We’re Reading:

Vanessa: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Sammy: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Sarah: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Savannah: The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian

Julie: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Susan: World War Z by Max Brooks

Mandy: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Kat: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Vee: Fury by Shirley Marr

Jenn: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Biljana: Beowulf

 

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Happy first weekend of December! If you’ve come across any great links/quotes, share them in the comments! And let us know what you’re reading, too! (We love discussing books!)

 

Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup and Poll

23 Oct

Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

  • Writing By Hand Helps the Brain
  • – VERY interesting article on how writing by hand is good for your brain! (So start breaking out those notebooks!)

  • Stereomood
  • – Here’s a site that organizes its songs by tags like “Summer,” “melancholy,” “calm,” and “just woke up.” Great way for writers to find the perfect songs for their writing!

  • Behind the Scenes… “The Call”
  • – A transcript of “the call”.

  • Thinking Literally
  • – An interesting post concerning metaphors.

  • Superb Literary Hair
  • – Yes, that’s right. A post about the wonderful hairstyles of some notable writers! This made me chuckle.

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Poll:

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Quotes:

“No tears and the writer, no tears and the reader.”

— Robert Frost

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“Writers aren’t exactly people, they’re a whole lot of people trying to be one person.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without any annoying delays: don’t write about Man, write about a man.”

— E.B. White

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Happy Saturday everyone! Be sure to share any interesting links/quotes you’ve come across in the comments!

Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup and Poll

16 Oct

Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

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Writer’s Rooms: A neat post about writers and the rooms they write in.

NaNoWriMo Song: With NaNoWriMo next month, this song should get you in the mood to take on the challenge!

Sex in YA: Literary Agent Mary Kole takes on a scandalous topic.

Female Character Stereotypes: Most of our characters got Strong Heroine. Most… >.>

If Hogwarts Had Internet: HP was set in the 80’s/90’s, which is why none of these hijinks ever actually happened.

J.K. Rowling’s Spreadsheet: In a continuing HP theme, here’s a scan of J.K.’s plot notes.

Poll:

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What interesting links have you come across lately?

Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup and What We’re Reading

9 Oct

Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

  • Adult Literary Fiction Can Bite Me: A YA Manifesto
  • – YA lovers rejoice!! There are people (even librarians!) sticking their necks out for Young Adult books. This is one hilarious argument – with some very valid points! Only problem? Plot A sounds WAY better than Plot B!

  • Take Yourself Seriously if You Want to Get Published
  • – “The bottom line is that the person who is blabbering and whining on to a room full of strangers at a workshop or on a writing forum online is the one who is telling everyone else how insecure they are” – Great post on the right attitude needed to get published.

  • Quick Revision Checklist
  • – An awesome (and quick!) revision checklist (which has some great things to look out for – highly recommended!)

  • I Will Be Your Friend, But I Will Not Be Your Fan: A Rant About How Authors Use Social Media For Self-Promotion
  • – People say taking marketing and promotion into your own hands as an author is a great thing. But here is an interesting take on why authors shouldn’t self-promote (with some very valid points).

  • Hunger Games – Banned Book at School?
  • – Banned Books Week has come and gone (and again, thanks to everyone who participated in it!), but sadly, the call for banning still continues. I guess it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that someone would want to ban The Hunger Games, but calling it “filth” and claiming it desensitizes children to violence is absolutely ridiculous (and totally wrong).

  • Will Tweet For A Book Deal
  • – An article on why aspiring writers (or especially witty, funny, in-the-know people) should stay on Twitter (and how it can lead to landing an agent/book deal).

  • Alice Kuipers Writing App
  • – For all you writers on the go, here is an app (for the iPhone or the iTouch) full of writing tips – all at your fingertips! Pretty damn cool if you ask us (and written by author Alice Kuipers!).

  • How NOT To Get Published
  • – You’ve heard of and have read the horror stories about the road to publishing and its mishaps – but if you want to make a fool of yourself, here’s a list of ways to NOT get published. Very funny, and very true!

  • Pitch Session
  • – Natalie. M. Fischer, literary agent extraordinaire, talks about her pet peeves when it comes to face to face pitches (at conferences) – and also adds what she likes. Very helpful and insightful post!

 

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Biljana and June showing some love for Mandy! ❤

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Quotes:

“My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down!”
— J.K. Rowling

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What We’re Reading:

Savannah: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Kat: Lessons From a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles

Julie: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Vanessa: Rereading The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Sammy: Lady Lazarus by Michelle Lang

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Share any interesting links/quotes you’ve come across. Reading an interesting book? Let us know that too in the comments!

And also, THANK YOU to everyone for the blogoversary congratulations – you are THE BEST!


Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup and Chat Transcript

2 Oct

Chat Transcript:

You can access the transcript from our live chat on Thursday here. We announced a couple of great surprises (and of course debated over who would turn cannibal first on a desert island).

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Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

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What interesting links have you come across this week?

Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup and Quotes and New This Month

25 Sep

New This Month!

Every now and then, we look at books being released this month that have caught our attention. Here are 5 books that have all been released this July that look intriguing.

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I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

It starts with whispers.

Then someone picks up a stone.

Finally, the fires begin.

When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . .

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren t sparkly, aren t fun, don t involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.

But someone or something is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.

Chilling drama combines with laughout-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.

[Description from Goodreads]

Contributor Comments:

I adore Terry Pratchett and I’ve been steadily working my way through his books for a little over a year, so I’m always excited to see new ones come out. I haven’t started reading any of the Tiffany Aching series yet, but I mean to as soon as I’m less poor/they get them in the library. I’m hoping I can my little sister hooked on Pratchett’s YA books, and from there on to the rest of Discworld.

– Jenn Fitzgerald

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I’ve actually never picked up a Terry Pratchett book (for shame!) – but that title and that cover are just absolutely amazing! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series, so this book’s title (and man, what a title!) might just be the push I need to pick up his stuff.

And did I mention how much I love that title?

– Vanessa Di Gregorio

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I love the concept of a branch of witches devoted to “the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.”  It’s being called dramatic and funny and insightful, and just the title alone makes it worth a look!

– Julie Eshbaugh

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Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen autho

rs, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

The link to the original argument can be found here: http://promo.simonandschuster.com/zombiesvsunicorns/.

“I am extremely pleased to be working with Sim

on & Schuster to ensure the clear and final victory of the

majestic unicorn over the zombie. For too long, the zombie has dominated the public consciousness, but the reign of the unicorn is at hand!”

-Team Unicorn editor Holly Black

“I think that posterity will look upon this as the moment when the mythology of rainbow-farting unicorns was finally laid to rest, and zombies took their rightful place at the top of the food chain,”

-Team Zombie editor Justine Larbalestier

[Description from Goodreads]

Contributor Comments:

Team Zombie or Team Unicorn – I can’t decide!!! But you can bet I’ll be getting my hands on this book! I mean, really… the title says it all. And that cover is absolutely brilliant.

Hmmm, I see an awesome-title trend going on here! (Damn my weakness to awesome titles!)

– Vanessa Di Gregorio

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Anything with a title like that deserves my attention, and with authors like Naomi Novik and Scott Westerfeld involved, I’ll probably get sucked into checking it out.

– Jennifer Fitzgerald

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Firelight by Sophie Jordan

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki — the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades.

The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

[Description from Goodreads]

Contributor Comments:

I had this book in my hand at the store, but I decided to wait until my “to be read” pile gets a bit shorter before adding a new book to it.  It was tough setting it back on the shelf, since I know I will love it!  I read a few pages and I immediately connected with the prose.  I felt the concept of a world where creatures shape shift between human and dragon form was presented with credibility.  FIRELIGHT also explores the conflict between duty to one’s family and duty to oneself, which is a concept that always holds my attention.  Plus there’s no denying the cover art is AWESOME!

– Julie Eshbaugh

I read an ARC of FIRELIGHT and I absolutely adored it!!!!

I’m seriously dying to read Book 2!

Everyone grab a copy NOW.

– Sarah J. Maas

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Wired by Robin Wasserman

The final book in the sci-fi trilogy Scott Westerfeld calls “spellbinding.”

It’s two months after the end of Crashed, and Lia is right back where she started: home, pretending to be the perfect daughter. But nothing’s the way it used to be. Lia has become the public face of the mechs, BioMax’s poster girl for the up-and-coming technology, devoting her life to convincing the world that she—and the others like her—deserve to exist. Then Jude resurfaces, and brings some scandalous information with him. Is BioMax really an ally to the mechs? Or are they using the technology for a great evil…and if so, can Auden really be a part of the plan? M

eanwhile, Lia also learns a shocking truth about the accident that resulted in her download…a truth that forces her to make a decision she can never reverse.

[Description from Simon & Schuster]

Contributor Comments:

How is it I never heard about this trilogy?  This dystopian story about a girl who ends up in a mechanical replica of a human body after surviving a terrible car accident has really grabbed my attention.  This is a future not outside the path current medical technology seems to be on, and having recently had a metal plate implanted in my own leg, I can’t help but wonder about a world where mechanical bodies might support human minds.  WIRED is the third in the trilogy, preceded by SKINNED and CRASHED.  It looks like that “to be read” pile is going to get even taller!

– Julie Eshbaugh

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Losing Faith by Denise Jaden

When Brie’s sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie’s world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.

As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don’t line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night…a secret that puts her own life in danger.

[Description from Goodreads]

Contributor Comments:

It might just be me, but I feel like there have been a great number of books lately about girls losing older sisters. So far, none have stayed in my mind and heart like THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, but LOSING FAITH looks intriguing, and how can I say no to such a pretty cover? Also, I hear there’s something about cults in there, too…hm….

– Kat Zhang

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Z by Michael Thomas Ford

Josh is by far the best zombie Torcher around. At least, he is in his virtual-reality zombie-hunting game. Zombies haven’t existed in the real world in more than fifteen years, and the battle to defeat the devastating zombie epidemic is now the stuff of history lessons. Or so it seems.

When Josh accepts a coveted invitation to join an underground gaming league in the dark, forgotten tunnels of the city, he soon realizes that hunting zombies is not all fun and games. Real blood is spilling, members of the team are disappearing, and the zombies in the game are acting strange. And then there’s the matter of a mysterious drug called Z…

This darkly thrilling teen novel will have readers holding their breath as they turn every page.

[Description from Goodreads]

Contributor Comments:

Look, it’s well documented that I’m a zombie fan (in a terrified, hiding in my closet with a crowbar kind of way). So I didn’t need much convincing that this book should immediately be purchased, but even if I weren’t such a zombophile, I’m pretty sure I’d be dying to get my hands on Z anyway.

The premise reminds me a lot of the movie Gamer (starring Gerard Butler, omg!), with the virtual games that moved into reality. Add to that a zombie Apocalypse 15 years earlier, the threat of re-emergence, and a drug called Z (True Blood anyone?), and I can just feel that this is going to be a page turner. It’s on it’s way to me right now 🙂

– Savannah J. Foley

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Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

  • This Guy Thinks SPEAK is Pornography
  • – When all of us at LTWF heard about this, we were all sick to our stomachs. And very, very angry. For those of you who haven’t heard, read the above article. This isn’t a happy article, but it’s something people should be aware of.

  • SPEAKing Out
  • – This made all of us cry. It also has to do with the whole SPEAK issue. Very powerful – a must-read.

  • Watermelon
  • – And now, get ready to laugh! You know you’re a writer when…

  • On Word Counts and Novel Length
  • – A MUST-READ article on word counts by former literary agent and current Penguin business developer Collen Lindsay.

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    Quotes:

    Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
    — Ernest Hemingway

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    Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
    — Cyril Connolly

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    Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
    — Willa Cather

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    We read to know we are not alone.
    — C.S. Lewis

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    Interested in any of these new releases (or have you read them already)? Have you found any awesome quotes? Share them with us in the comments!


Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup and Quotes

18 Sep

Mashup:

Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!

  • The Hardy Boys The Final Chapter…
  • – An interesting yet sad article about the writer of the Hardy Boys. He hated the series, but he had to write them in order to live through the Depression.

  • Critique Partner Page
  • – Need a critique partner? Well, check out our CP page! Lol, yes… we put up a link to our own blog here. But there are still people looking for critique partners!!! So if you’re also in need of one/want to be a crit partner, check it out!

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Quotes:

“For all my longer works, for example novels, I write chapter outlines so I can have the pleasure of departing from them later on.”
— Garth Nix

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“For anyone who is: just keep writing. Keep reading. If you are meant to be a writer, a storyteller, it’ll work itself out. You just keep feeding it your energy, and giving it that crucial chance to work itself out. By reading and writing.”
— Robin McKinley

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“Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”
— Neil Gaiman

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“Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.”
— Rhys Alexander

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“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”

— Ursula K. Le Guin

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“I don’t know where my ideas come from, but I know where they come to. They come to my desk, and if I’m not there, they go away again.”
— Philip Pullman

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What We’re Reading:

Sarah: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Savannah: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Jenn: Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

Kat: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Julie: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Vanessa: Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley & Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Vahini: Raw Blue by Kristy Eager

Sammy: The Passage by Justin Cronin

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Share any interesting links/quotes you’ve come across in the comments! Reading an interesting book? Let us know in the comments. Happy weekend everyone!