I'm coming down from my Thanksgiving-induced mania and moving back toward work mode. I'm finishing my weekend with a little professional reading, a habit I've been trying to create these last few months.
First off, here's a Bookslut interview with Dinty W. Moore. He's an essayist, and in this interview he talks specifically about flash nonfiction. That's a subject that interests me, because I often think of blog posts as flash nonfiction. Moore says something about the difference between an artist and "someone who probably never will be" that reminded me of John Cleese's point about creativity taking time. Moore says, "...it is very hard for certain students to ever imagine entirely scrapping a
beginning or ending. There is too often that insidious voice telling
them that if they just clarify a word here or add a clever descriptor
there, perhaps it "will be good enough," and they can move on to
something else. There's the dividing line between a true artist and
someone who probably never will be, if you ask me. A writer wants it not
to be "good enough," not even to make it very good, but to nail it, to
make it as nearly perfect as she can."
Mitali Perkins did an interesting post on working with an editor at the Fire Escape.
Do YA authors, editors, and librarians promote the idea that YA books have the power to do good, but reject the idea that they can do harm? at CBC Diversity. Link from Finding Wonderland. Naomi Wolf raised questions way back in 2006 about whether or not YA girls-gone-bad books were damaging. She took some heat for it. (Though she takes heat for a lot of things, and I'm saying nothing more about that.) I think the CBC blogger raised good questions that many people don't want to address. Personally, I made the decision years ago that if I ever found out how to make a nuclear bomb, I would not use that information in a novel. Seriously, I actually thought those words. More recently I made the decision to never create a character like Bella Swan.
Chronicle Books sends me catalogs. Fiction Notes offers a tour of its offices.