Reading · Writing

Saturday Summation – 29 March 2014

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

Publishing Stuff:

These days, there are a lot of publishing options. Many traditionally published authors are moving into hybrid scenarios where they might publish some works digitally as well as in print. A nice way to go about that is for novellas that might bridge traditionally published works or expand upon a minor character’s story. J.C. Hutchins talks about the expanding creativity within the digital and self-publishing market with serialization. Serialization could be an overall story arc that keeps readers waiting for the next installment (like the TV show 24) or more loosely connected plot lines. It’s a nice way to truly embrace our literary world as it changes.


Writing Stuff:

Margie Lawson gives us a post about maximizing your word choices through rhetorical devices and deepening their impact. Fun times for me were learning new devices (or at least the labeling of them): zeugma – which then later led me to syllepsis. Excellent examples included in her post.


Reading Stuff:

The Guardian had an interesting piece about how to review a book without giving anything away, which inevitably happens to some extent. But what if there is a “big reveal” that occurs that affects that review? How completely can one talk about it without it changing the experience for a reader? Check out more of what I’m talking about as they explore Karen Jay Fowler’s latest release. I found it interesting because even though the big reveal is not spoiled in this article, the kind of reveal that it is still does. The question is, how much does it matter?


Writing and Reading Stuff:

Agent Jim McCarthy re-kindles a conversation about the possibility of institutional racism in the publishing venue. He asks the questions that we need to be continually addressing to help diversify the book market. Check out more than just his post, but also the comments.

Patrice Caldwell extended McCarthy’s dialogue that blends personal experience on the author side and reminding us that it is not good enough to simply say, “I write what about I know.”

And then right on cue, Laurel Snyder offers a post to respond to questions about why a minor character in one of her novels has same gender parents. In fact, Snyder says, it’s because she is writing what she knows. This is real life and real people, shouldn’t the worlds in our writing reflect that? Isn’t authenticity necessary?


Books I really enjoyed this month:

After Tupac and D Foster – Jaqueline Woods (Middle Grade)

The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella (Adult)

Welcome to Temptation – Jennifer Crusie (Adult)

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Adult) Goodreads review

Where the Moon Isn’t – Nathan Filer (Adult/New Adult) Goodreads review


Currently reading:

The Princess Bride – William Goldman


Song of the Week:

I tried to find a good clip from the movie adaptation of The Princess Bride to represent where I was in the book, but there are so many great clips and then I decided to just go with the Mark Knopfler song that plays at the end. “A Storybook Story”




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