Author Kacen Callender has a whole series of virtual events coming up this month in support of their book Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution. Callender is a National Book Award winner, so I might have been expected to hear of them, but hadn't. I have now and will remember the name, because marketing, including virtual marketing, works. At least in terms of name recognition.
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
I was just hunting for my blog post on E. Lockhart's book We Were Liars, and saw that in it I mention that I was "beginning a new project, a YA mystery or thriller." That post was dated Sept. 19, 2019, three years ago yesterday.
I'm still working on that so-called new project! I've been working on it three @#!! years!
I do think I'm on the last quarter of the book, though.
In my defense, I did spend a lot of time in 2020 and 2021 on short form work that I published on Medium. And I'm pretty sure someone in the family had a baby in 2020 and a couple of people had surgery in 2021.
It was well worth my time to look up that blog post, because I learned there that I own the e-book edition of We Were Liars, which is good, because I want to read it again.
Friday, September 16, 2022
|I go everywhere from here.|
- Wednesday was a hiking day here. I got back to the house at 5, took a shower, tossed back some dinner, and sat down at 6 to watch children's literature historian Leonard Marcus's lecture on the history of Little Golden Books hosted by the Northern Illinois University art museum. It was excellent. And free, but that's not the point.
- On Thursday morning a family thing for that evening was cancelled. Part way through the day I realized that that freed me up to attend an agent panel on Zoom sponsored by the Society of Children's Book Writers for its members. It was also very good. And free to me, but, again, not the point.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
In her farewell post, Jules says some things that help explain why litblogging's moment has passed.
- "It has truly been a struggle lately to find the time." "There are other things I'd like to get back to doing, new things I want to try, and people I want to spend more time with."
- "...most people stopped leaving comments at blogs and started leaving comments about blog posts at social media sites where posts are shared (this is a thing now)"
As Jules also said, people have stopped leaving comments or, probably, visiting and reading posts at all. I know I am very limited in what I read at blogs, because of time and because so many of the blogs I used to interact with are gone. Who would I read? But just as it's hard to continue blogging for free, it's hard to continue blogging without engagement.
Money and engagement are similar things. Feedback. Feedback is what justifies use of time.
Julie Danielson used her time well with 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast, and I'm sure she'll continue to use it well with all the freelance writing work she does.
Let's Finish By Making This All About Gail
Friday, September 09, 2022
That pretty much is what happens with Anatomy, which involves an aristocratic young woman who wants to break out of her planned life and become a surgeon. In that era, the study of anatomy was becoming significant in the training of doctors. Bodies to study were few and far between, and the medical community supported grave robbers, known as resurrectionists. Sure enough, our heroine gets tangled up with one who provides her subjects for study.
This was a good book, very readable. I'm not a fan of the direction it took at the end, but that definitely is a just-me thing. Additionally, for those of us accustomed to reading these kinds of stories for the adult market, the romance/sex is very tame. To the point that I was left wondering what happened and just what kind of relationship did these two now have. I hope that this doesn't mean that I need no-doubt-about-it sex scenes. It may be more that I struggle to read between the lines.
Whenever I've read of resurrectionists, the stories have been set in Great Britain. Anatomy takes place in Scotland and inspired me to check out if something similar went on in the United States. Oh, my goodness. Did it ever.
Yeah, the nineteenth century American medical community didn't suffer from an abundance of ethics, at least as we would recognize it today.
And racist? Oh, yes. Though I suppose doctors back then could have argued that they only seemed like racists, because, hey, these are the bodies we could get.
I am so turned off to medicine right now.
Wednesday, September 07, 2022
Monday, Sept. 12, Amy Sarig King, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT 5:30 PM ET
Wednesday, Sept. 14, Courtney Summers & Sara Farizan, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA 7:00 PM ET
Friday, Sept. 16, Alison Ames and Courtney Gould, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA 7:00 PM ET
Sunday, Sept. 25, Kacen Callender with Rebecca Kim Wells, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA 11:00 AM ET
Wednesday, Sept. 28, Jesse Q. Sutanto with Ali Hazelwood, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA 8:00 PM ET
Tuesday, September 06, 2022
Dana's September plan illustrates two time management techniques we've discussed here.
- One is that she is using the month of September as what I call a set-aside time. It's time we set aside for specific tasks. Time we're going to use in a particular way.
- The other is that she's taking advantage of September being a temporal landmark, a calendar event that creates a fresh start opportunity.
Dana has inspired me to republish, as part of this year's observance of Original Content's twentieth anniversary, a blog post from 2016 on the value of the month of September for managing time. I was on vacation when I wrote that post, which explains the beginning and ending.
When you finish reading this, you may think, oh, I can't do anything with this, because it's already September. I needed to plan ahead. The month of September isn't even half over, people. Run with it.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time Management Tuesday: Now Is The Time For Change. Hurry!
I know, I know. I said I wasn't going to be blogging until next month. However, I actually read those newspapers hotels provide gratis, and I read something last week that will not keep. It is time sensitive.
First off, I'm sure you all recall that I've written here about the significance of beginnings and endings of units of time. January, the beginning of a major unit of time, the year, is a big moment here at OC with the creation of goals and objectives.
Last week The Wall Street Journal carried an article about the end of one unit of time and the beginning of another and how that beginning has become very important. In Now Is the Real New Year, the WSJ reports that September is now "the start of the real new year." It lists masses of ways that September is now outpacing January for people making changes in their lives. And there's a couple of statements that suggest that September works better than January for doing this. "In January, postholiday exhaustion can make New Year's weight-loss resolutions feel even tougher, nutritionists say..." and 69% of respondents in a British survey "believe small improvements in September are easier to achieve than New Year's resolutions."
There's not a lot in this article explaining why this is happening. There's talk of shifting back to routines after the summer and the Jewish New Year coming in the fall. But what is going on that is so big that it blows January, the stereotypical time for changing our behavior and getting started on new projects, out of the water?
My own wild theory is that, at least here in the U.S., we have generations of being enslaved to the school year and its calendar. We're tied to it as students, ourselves, and then those of us who have children are tied to it again when they are students. Teachers are tied to it. Children's writers who do school presentations are tied to it. The school year, which begins in September, has become more meaningful than the calendar year because something truly happens when it begins. January, not so much.
So can we use this sense of a new beginning and a time to get started fresh in our work?
I can't, obviously. I'm on vacation. But maybe you can.
Thursday, September 01, 2022
The Young Readers' categories include a number NESCBWI colleagues
- Soul Food Sunday, Winsome Hudson-Bing
- Three Pockets Full, Cindy Rodriguez
- Bei Bei Goes Home: A Panda Story, Cheryl Bardoe
- Walrus Song, Janet Lawler
- Fairy Tale Science, Sarah Albee
- Robo-Motion: Robts That Move Like Animals, Linda Zajac
- View From Pagoda Hill, Michaela MacColl
- The Flyers, Beth Turley
- To Tell You the Truth, Beth Vrabel
- The Secret Life of Kitty Granger, G.D. Falksen
- Mercury Boys, Chandra Prasad
Sunday, August 28, 2022
I have to say, I found a lot of Hello (From Here) stereotypical YA. You've got your dead parent and your absent parent and your financially strapped parent and your illnesses (though they were interesting ones) and your magical old person and your dog. However, the pandemic setting made everything, if not actually new again, at least more interesting.
Now that dealing with the pandemic (and I am one of those who still deals with it) has become somewhat boring and less restricting, it's already easy to forget the stress and fear of the early days. We're talking about something that happened only two and a half years ago and is still going on to some degree. And, yet, Baker and King's book almost seems like a historical novel. That's not a complaint. Their book, I think, reflects the incredible speed of what has been happening.
This is a case of a unique setting and two lead characters who are realistic and intelligent about what's going on around them giving new life to an old situation.
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
I've taken classes with both organizations in the past, when they were fully remote. This year it appears that most of the classes will be some kind of hybrid, so I have no experience to offer on how well that works. But the prices ($25 to $50) and convenience make them well worth it to me to try some.
Benefits of Zoom Workshops
- You don't have to limit yourself to workshops in your geographic area, ones that you can actually get your body to. That opens up a great many more options.
- You don't have to commit time to travel.
- You don't have to commit time to conferences, where many writers' workshops are found. I can't be the only person who doesn't want to spend an entire day at a conference in order to take the one workshop being offered that interests me.
- The workshops at Thurber and OCWW, whether Zoom or in-person, are far cheaper than many traditional workshops. With OCWW workshops, you can bring the price down even more by becoming a member.
- You may be able to experiment with a workshop on some type of writing you don't normally do because the time and financial commitment are so low.
- Many of the instructors are not just experienced writers but experienced writing teachers.
The Workshop Schedules
While I won't be attending any of these workshops on-site, I have been to Thurber House.