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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Monthly Recap: April 2012

This month, I was interviewed over at Cherry Tree Notes, a fellow writing blog.  You all should go check it out!

This month, I read Terrier by Tamora Pierce (4 stars), The Cup of the World by John Dickenson (1 star), Warrior by Bryan Davis (4 stars), The Black and The Blood by D. J. MacHale (4 stars), The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson (4 stars), and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (4 stars).

Writing Links
A random cute picture.
This month, I came across an infinite writing checklist,  courtesy of the author of the lovely The False Prince.  Andrew Smith, author of The Marbury Lens, had a good point about target audience.  I also found a post on word count, the 10 Commandments for editing someone's writing, a post on how to keep pushing through in your writing, and an incredibly helpful genre map.  I posted a compilation of bumper stickers for writers, a post on word count, a post on endings, and I complained about how teachers draw plot diagrams and what they should look like.

Other Links
Here's the first chapter of Maggie Stiefvater's upcoming book, The Raven Boys.  Libraries have been getting complaints and requests to censor The Hunger Games.  It seems that some of these complainers haven't even read the book.  I mean, "satanic".  Really?  And finally, Neal Shusterman's Unwind is going to be a movie.  While none of us are looking forward to the Roland scene, here's a clip of what it might look like, anyway.  Because, you know, nothin' like a video of an unwinding to get your day going.

There was also more drama in the YA book blogging world this month, when a rather well-known blogger admitted to plagiarism. (And here's a follow-up post.)  What do you guys think of this?  I, for one, am not happy with the bad reputation that book bloggers are going to get if this keeps up.  We're all going to pay for a few people's mistakes, if this kind of thing doesn't stop.  We've had enough drama in 2012 to last us a looooong time.  The thing that bothers me about this, though, is the fact that it's coming from someone with a Candor faction button on their homepage.  Make of this what you will.     

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