Monthly Archives: April 2014

Life & Writing

Life & Writing

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Learning the Essentials of Plotting Your Novel

~ YA novelist Kris Noel breaks down the elusive roadblock that is plotting your novel. Follow the link below for Noel’s advice. 


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The Bard’s Disease

The Bard's Disease

” Oh, really? Well, don’t worry, sir. I used to suffer from short stories.”

” Really? When?”

” Oh, once upon a time.”

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“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird 

“Writing and re…

Shakespeare In the Desert

Shakespeare In the Desert

(via gwshakespeare:)

From The New York Times, photography by Warrick Page, article by Ben Hubbard

Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan – a cast of 100 young Syrians put on Shakespeare’s King Lear, interweaved with scenes from Hamlet, directed by Syrian actor Nawar Bulbul. “The show is to bring back laughter, joy and humanity,” said director Bulbul.

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Dangerous Situations For Book Addicts:


  • 1:Bargain sections
  • 2:Used book stores
  • 3:Superstores (i.e. Costco)
  • 4:Thrift shops
  • 5:Garage sales
  • 6:Signs that say, “Free, take me!”
  • 7:Giving yourself a present for your birthday/holiday
  • 8:Feeling like you owe yourself a gift (For your troubles–keep truckin’!).
  • 9:When someone else offers to buy you books.
  • 10:When you go in to buy just one book, but see all the new ones that just came out.
  • 11:Cheap online websites
  • 12:Having a credit card
  • 13:Carrying a hand basket at a bookstore
  • 14:Having an overzealous bookstore sales assistant recommending you books.
  • 15:Being left alone in a bookstore.
  • 16:Hell, being left alone near books.
  • 17:Library–hey, free books!…for a few weeks!



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“[A novel is] a paper where your thesis is that these people are real, and you have to prove it.”

Maggie Stiefvater

“[A novel is] a…

Parent Called Cops On Teen For Giving Away Free Books At A Book Giveaway

Parent Called Cops On Teen For Giving Away Free Books At A Book Giveaway

( via bookshop:)

So, this happened: Someone called the cops on a teenager for giving away free books.

At—wait for it—a book giveaway event.

Just last week, we wrote about the difficulties Sherman Alexie’s acclaimed Young Adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, had faced during its four-year-run as one of the most banned books in the U.S.

Two weeks ago, parents in the Idaho school district of Meridian successfully campaigned to remove Alexie’s novel from its 10th-grade reading curriculum and additional reading lists.

Wednesday night, irate parents literally called the cops to the scene where Meridian teens were passing out free copies of Alexie’s novel. Boise news station KBOI reported that even the cops were baffled about why they’d been asked to police a book giveaway.

A National Book Award-winner, The Absolutely True Diary is a searing coming-of-age story about a Native American teenager who decides to attend an all-white high school outside of his reservation. It’s a powerful narrative about modern race relations in the U.S. But the Meridian school board sided with parents who objected to its alleged sexual and anti-Christian content, along with, as noted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, other stuff:

[A]n adult named Lonnie Stiles complained that the Alexie novel contains language “we do not speak in our home.”
Apparently the adults who objected to the book weren’t thinking about the teens living on Idaho’s four Native American reservations.

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