Teenage Tweetland →
Last year Nikki Wang, a 13-year-old from Texas, spent her birthday and allowance money on more than 100 YA books, and she plans to do the same again this year. ““Tumblr is kind of like a mix of everything,” says Becky Tsivin, 16, a sophomore at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. She follows authors including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Veronica Roth, and John Green, who has a...
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters...– Kahlil Gibran (via quote-book)
HD wrote a poem that uses the line: “Helen of Troy and the highbrow hotties” and she won’t let me post it here.
Our living room is "PAPER" themed
HD and I went to Ikea and bought four bookcases. One, we will paint silver. One, we will paint turquoise. One, we will paint gold. The last, we will mod podge with pages from an old encyclopedia dictionary that only covers letters L-Z. Yes, I am documenting this process. Yes, there will be pictures. Yes, we will finally be able to move the hip high stacks of books lining our living room walls...
One Sentence Pitch: A Brainstorming Session
1. Pretend John Green wrote this. 2. “Pretend John Green wrote this,” Kate said. 3. It’s hard to be optimistic in an apocalypse. 4. “It’s hard to be optimistic in an apocalypse,” John Green said. 5. Ugh, Caleb thought. 6. “Wait, why would optimism smell bad?” Andrew interjected. 7. Caleb hates mostly everybody, but the world’s probably going to end if he...
QUERY CONTEST--One Sentence Pitch Letter
hsgagency: Attention writers! If you have a manuscript you’d like us to read please send us a one sentence pitch of your novel. Include the genre as well as the age group it is written for (YA, Adult, Middle Grade, etc.) Make it tantalizing, exciting, representative of your work as a whole. Make us want to read your manuscript. Ends Friday May 24 at 5pm Like, reblog, follow—get the word out! ...
Young adult fiction, at its best, exposes the complex emotional terrain of...– Roxane Gay, “To Be Seen, To Be Heard: Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s ‘Uses For Boys’” (via annaverity)
Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely...– C.S. Lewis (via catachamadan)
sparklevamp: I swear, the hardest thing about writing is the summary. It’s like, this story is so great that I can’t sum up all it’s awesomeness in a limited number of words and you’ll really love the characters and what happens in chapter fourteen so please just trust me and read it please. If only our summary could be, “Just read the book. Just read it.”
I’ll never leave the canyon ‘cause...
35k Progress. Slow, slow progress.
Have Scientists Found the ‘Sunstone,’ the Mythical... →
roastbeefguy: “This is some Indiana Jones level stuff right here. Scientists may have uncovered the Viking “sunstone,” a magical-sounding crystal whose powers to locate the sun despite cloud cover, snow, and darkness were understandably considered to be a legend. A group of researchers think a cloudy crystal found in an Elizabethan shipwreck off the Channel Islands may have been the mystical...
List of kennings →
gwenniel: Let’s just take a moment to geek about these kennings. They are figurative phrases in Old English, Norse and other Germanic tongues of the Northern branch used in the stead of the ordinary noun. I want them to be re-introduced into modern language. Kennings are fun. How often could you legitimately ask something like, “Have you been dabbling in Grimnir’s...
Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.– F. Scott Fitzgerald (via thefangirlandthenovel)
Ridiculously fortunate astrological...
Meet Sunshine and Hillary, the ladies behind the Children of Ages saga.
May 9th was the one year anniversary of the Children of Ages blog! During the past year, we finished the final draft of the first book, Bindrunes, and we’re nearly a third of the way through the first draft of the second book, Blood Ties, and we have nearly 300 posts and we fulfilled a lifelong dream of living together when we spontaneously left our respective states and joined forces in...
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not...– Ernest Hemingway (via writing-adventurers)
When one of your characters says something tumblr-esque and you think (with delight): oh, that’s so John Green of us. We aren’t John Green. PLOT TWIST. Maybe we are. (Ok, we really aren’t. We just love him.)
So, H and I have become regulars at an adorable retro diner near our apartment in Chicago. Our waiter gives us free stuff and helps us brainstorm plot problems (for example, “what kinds of things are dangerous in a forest?” - “cliffs? sharp rocks? snakes?”) between refilling our coffees. We’re doing awesome and we love it.
Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories.– Eudora Welty (via amandaonwriting)
Every heart is made of stories.– from Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (via jtoday)
A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s...– C.S. Lewis (via lifeiswritable)
There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do...– Neil Gaiman (via acaya)