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I'll tell you what's wrong with Esther. I'm tired of seeing ads about her.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I'm going on vacation soon! I know, why the ! but you know, I can't remember the last time I went somewhere that wasn't work-related for more than a day or two. So yes, the ! is deserved because actual! vacation!

Okay, that's enough of that. (!)

(sorry, couldn't resist)

On to the links:

Publishers Weekly Fall 2009 Children's Books issue is out now and worth buying if you want to get an idea of what the big fall YA books will be, and there's a preview for Spring 2010 online

A really great blog entry about context

Diana Rowland on second book mistakes

Bennett Madison has a great post up about writing and "teaching lessons"--"It's simply not a writer's place to teach people things or give anyone lessons. For some reason when you write books for teenagers this occasionally gets lumped in with the job description by well-meaning-types who don't get it. But there is a great reason there is an occupation called High School Teacher, and that's so no one else has to perform what seems like a totally horrible task. A writer has only one job (besides endless self-promotion and endeavors of "personal branding") and that job is telling stories. That's not to say you shouldn't take anything away from a story except entertainment or whatever...readers are smart enough to draw their own conclusions. Not only do I not need to tell people what to think, but the ideal reader will be able to learn things from a good book that the author never even considered. It's a mutual exploration, not a lesson. AND THAT IS THE POINT OF LITERATURE."

One last thing: is anyone else sick of seeing ads for Orphan during the Tour? At this point, I not only don't care what's wrong with Esther, I just want the stupid movie to open so the ads will STOP.


Blogger barbrafl said...

I'm sick of seeing ads for that movie. Every time I flip on the TV, there's that girl's face again. I just mute the commercial when it comes on :)

July 21, 2009 2:20 PM  

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