Sunday, February 14, 2010

Contest: Will Grayson, Will Grayson ARC

Hey everyone, just stopping in real quick to let you know there is a great contest going on over at Hey! Teenager of the Year to win an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of Will Grayosn, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan. Go here to enter!

I'll be back with book reviews & a few blog posts as soon as I finish my novel. I have a DEADLINE you guys. It's coming up faster than I'd like.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Cleveland.Com Interviews Calvin & Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

As a huge fan--but also as a writer & a reader in general--I found this interview really interesting.

Here are a few of the highlights:
Cleveland: With almost 15 years of separation and reflection, what do you think it was about "Calvin and Hobbes" that went beyond just capturing readers' attention, but their hearts as well?
Watterson:: The only part I understand is what went into the creation of the strip. What readers take away from it is up to them. Once the strip is published, readers bring their own experiences to it, and the work takes on a life of its own. Everyone responds differently to different parts.
I just tried to write honestly, and I tried to make this little world fun to look at, so people would take the time to read it. That was the full extent of my concern. You mix a bunch of ingredients, and once in a great while, chemistry happens. I can't explain why the strip caught on the way it did, and I don't think I could ever duplicate it. A lot of things have to go right all at once.

Watterson: Ah, the life of a newspaper cartoonist -- how I miss the groupies, drugs and trashed hotel rooms!

You can read the full interview here!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Writing as a Profession

Here's a fun, interesting video from the wonderful Maureen Johnson on writing as a career.

Also, be sure to check out Maureen's new book Scarlett Fever which came out in stores today! I have only read the first two chapters so far, but I can tell you that I love it already. I have already written down one quote, I kid you not.

Additionally, check out the contest running over at Laina Has Too Much Spare Time for a chance to win a signed copy of Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachman. The contest is open internationally so that anyone can enter, but hurry and leave a comment because this contest is only open for a day!


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