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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week: 
 
On cliff-hanger chapter endings (Ray Rhamey) 
 
Who said anything about having a life? (Gregory Frost) 
 
How to Write a Query Letter (Nathan Bransford) 
 
And the Short Answer is... AKA Why Barnes and Noble is for sale (Mike Kabongo aka onyxhawke) 
 
7 Things I’ve Learned So Far (Kim Wright) 
 
Books as Objects (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn) 
 

Aswiebe’s Market List (Abra Staffin aka cloudscudding) 
 
Writing Middle Grade (J. S. Lewis)
by way of Jodi Meadows(aka jmeadows
 
How to Write a Novel (Nathan Bransford) 
 
How NOT to write a thriller (Jim Harrington) 
 
Off-The-Shelf Worldbuilding – Bring it on! (Peadar Ó Guilín aka peadarog
 
[Great post about queries] (Kathryn Allen aka katallen) 
 
What is a Short Story? (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
by way of Camille Alexa (aka camillealexa)
 
 

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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peadarog
Aug. 20th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask if you were friends with Camille, but I see a link to her above :)

She has a really interesting series of posts about her final month of reading the slush for A&A magazine. Worth checking out too.
jongibbs
Aug. 20th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
I've been reading them with interest. It's always useful to get a slush reader/editor's perspective :)
karen_w_newton
Aug. 20th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
I found the post about books as objects insightful, and remarkably free of the hand-wringing prevalent among a lot of folks lamenting the rise of ebooks.

jongibbs
Aug. 20th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
I have an illustrated version of LoTR which is a joy to hold (and read) :)
karen_w_newton
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
I can imagine! I loved reading that series, and even made my very own LoTR poster for my room.
jongibbs
Aug. 20th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
I treated myself to the 1979 LoTR movie for my birthday a while back, but haven't yet got around to watching it (it only goes up to the Battle at Helm's Deep. I guess they never got funding for the rest. Somehow, I've a feeling it won't stand up too well against Peter Jackson's home movie version :)
mtlawson
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks again as always, Jon.
jongibbs
Aug. 20th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, Mike. Have you recovered from your post-holiday, 'The ratbags let all the work pile up for me when I got back,' shock yet?
mtlawson
Aug. 20th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Urg.

Actually, some of them waited for me to go on vacation and then send stuff over so they could claim that "they didn't have it anymore and I was holding things up". Unfortunately for them, I keep my e-mails....
jongibbs
Aug. 21st, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
Nice. And folks like that are usually the first to complain when the boots on the other foot.
dynastic_queen
Aug. 20th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
You had me at Ray Rhamey, Jon. And for the longest, I've been looking for the proper term for the way I end my chapters and I found it in that post, believe it or not!

And there will never be a time I don't need extra advice on query letters, unfortunately. *sigh* So Nathan, here I come.

Thanks.
jongibbs
Aug. 20th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
My old gran had a term for how all my chapters ended, 'Not soon enough' :(
dynastic_queen
Aug. 21st, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh, no...! Ouch.
jongibbs
Aug. 21st, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
There are stern critics, harsh critics, then there's my old gran.
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jongibbs
Aug. 21st, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
You're welcome, Jenn :)
tracy_d74
Aug. 22nd, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Well done, Mr. Gibbs! :)
jongibbs
Aug. 22nd, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
Lol, thank you, though the credit belongs to the folks who write such great posts every week. I just pick a few good ones to highlight :)
ladysaotome
Aug. 23rd, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Those were great but I especially enjoyed Hubbard's Books as onjects: I never thought of it but totally agree. While ebooks may be much lighter to pack when moving there's nothing so satisfying as a bookshelf that literally dominates the wall boasting "my collection".
jongibbs
Aug. 24th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I do love the feel of books :)
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