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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:
Too Cliché or Not Too Cliché? - That is the Question (Elsa Neal)
Novel Milestones (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
Aswiebe’s Market List (Abra Staffin aka cloudscudding)
Critique: Part 1 – The Need To and the How To (Catherine Schaff-stump aka cathschaffstump)
Agents are not just gatekeepers (Nathan Bransford)
Moby Dick and the minimum requirement list (Stacy Ketcham aka msstacy13
[Stone Telling is now open to submissions] (Rose Lemberg aka grayrose76)
SFF Podcasts (Ken Schneyer aka ken_schneyer)
Revision (Maggie Stiefvater aka m_stiefvater)
A Rose By Any Other Name (Eric at Pimp My Novel)
by way of Anna Staniszewski (aka annastan)

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Jun. 18th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
I want to thank the members of the Nobel Prize Committee
youfor this honour which has been bestowed upon me...

Jun. 18th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Lol, I don't know about the honour part, but it was a great post :)
Jun. 18th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I really liked Ken Schneyer's SFF Podcasts post. Mostly, it made me feel guilty for being so far behind on my podcast listening and audiobooks..but hey! It was a great post, and I love it that he mentioned John Joseph Adam's new podcast Lightspeed coming out soon. (he's a friend and client of mine!)

Great reference list as always Jon, thanks!
Jun. 18th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Sandra :)

I met Mr. Adams at a GSHW meeting a few months back - nice fellow :)
Jun. 18th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
As always, great selection. Cliche cracked me up. And it was much the same thing you said about using pop culture references. Used right, they can really enhance a story.

Jun. 18th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Ah, but Elsa said it so much better :)
Jun. 18th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Not exactly about writing, I'll grant you.
What I'm putting here is a link to American Swastika, which was co-authored by a prof from my Alma Mater. I'm posting it because everyone has noticed by now that I'm constantly on about buying my book (as well as others' books) and posting a review, and I want everyone to see how easy that is. See my review of Amerian Swastika? It's the shortest one.

You don't have to be a lit major, or a journalist, to write an effective review. Just give a book 4 or 5 stars, unless you really don't like it, and two or three concise sentences. (Brevity is the soul of persuasion, as well as wit and underwear.) And not only do people read those reviews, they happen across them while googling.
Jun. 18th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
un, deux, trois...
Anyway, I mention this because several of you have read Fur-face,
but there are still no reviews of it on amazon.
*foot tapping*

I can understand not reviewing my books,
I'm a nerve-grating bitch who puts the EW in shrew,
but it looks as if I'll be the first to post an amazon review of Fur-face,
even though I won't be buying it for two more weeks.
Jun. 18th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: un, deux, trois...
Well, thank you (in advance) for that :)
Jun. 18th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
I've only had time to glance at a few of these, but a few comments:

* It might be more helpful to link to grayrose's LJ rather than that single post, as I had to hunt several entries down to find out *what* they are looking for.

* The podcasts is a good entry. I subscribe to a few of them, but I really don't have time to listen to everything I subscribe to, more's the pity.

* Nathan Bransford makes the comment, "Agents existed in the era when publishers still accepted direct submissions from authors," which is pretty funny given how many publishers still do (among large publishers: Tor, Ace/Roc, Baen, and quite a number of mystery publishers as well). I know it's not in his interests to encourage writers to submit to publishers themselves, but spreading disinformation, even by implication, is not helpful.
Jun. 18th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
And now, having read the rest of them (Who, me? Procrastinating my work?), I'd have to say "A Rose by Any Other Name" was my favorite.
Jun. 19th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
It's actually grayrose76 :) And we also have a website, http://stonetelling.com (with detailed guidelines), and an lj community, stonetellingmag.

thanks for your interest!
Jun. 19th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
Sorry about the name thing. I thought I'd put a link direct to Stone tellings 'Guidelines' page, but clearly I hadn't.

It's all fixed now :)
Jun. 19th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
Oops, I'd meant to linked to the Stone Telling guideline page.

All fixed now.

My bad :(
Jun. 18th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
Enjoyed the one on clichés--and also Miss Stacy's Moby Dick one.

Edited at 2010-06-18 08:22 pm (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
Me too :)
Jun. 18th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes. Take it as read. What I said last time. Move along...
Jun. 19th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)
'What I said last time'

Ditto ;)
Jun. 19th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Thanks very much for the link. I enjoyed Nathan Bransford's post as well.

Jun. 19th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
I don't know how Nathan does it. The man's a blogging machine :)
Jun. 19th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for the aswiebe post--I'm sending it to BD, who's an aspiring SF/fantasy writer.
Jun. 19th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Hehe, that'll please Alba :)
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Jun. 19th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
You're welcome. The Blood Red Pencil (where I read Elsa's cliché post) is a great blog.
Jun. 19th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
great links! interestingly i had read some of them during the week.
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I may have to start casting a wider net :)
Jun. 19th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
nah. your net is plenty big. i think it was a fluke.
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