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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:  

Industry Compass (J. A. Konrath)   
A different way of supporting libraries (Kelly R. Fineman aka kellyrfineman)   
Another look at edits (Brian Kell aka brian_ohio)  
Why teens should be encouraged to read YA (Meredith Wood aka meredith_wood)  
The Payoff Will Be in Good Karma (Steve Almond) by way of aprilhenryJON’S PICK OF THE WEEK   
The curse of YA, or Why is Harry Potter an orphan? (Karen W. Newton aka karen_w_newton)  
A Matter of Ethics (Nathan Bransford)  
[Selection of great writing posts on the Writer’s Digest blog]

Beginning the Website: Part 4 of 6 – The Webpage (Charlotte Boyett-Compo)   
The ‘R’ Word [in your writing] (misha_mcg)   
Writing: “Don’t Say it, Have the Characters Say it.” (Joshua Palmatier aka jpsorrow) 

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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Apr. 9th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for including my post! I always look forward to reading these to start off my Friday morning, so I was surprised to see my little rambling included haha.
Apr. 9th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, it was a good post :)
Apr. 9th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
I hate it when I miss this on Friday. I also know that's super lazy of me that I rely on you to point me to some good writing posts. lol Thanks once again!

And thanks for linking me this week!
Apr. 9th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :)
Apr. 9th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Karen Newton doesn't mention it, and it's often blamed on Disney movies, but Dead Mother Syndrome at least goes back to the very beginnings of children's literature. And for exactly the reasons she cites: if the kid is to have adventures, there can't be a responsible parent on hand to stop her. In the Golden Age (so-called in my undergrad kiddie lit class) of the 19th century, you killed off the mother and nobody expected the dad to be competent. (I think I have the date right, but anyway whenever the concept of "childhood" as we now know it began to appear and adventure stories were written specifically for kids as readers.)

As I say, I see a lot of people asking, "what does Disney have against mothers??" Same thing all eras of children's lit did--they don't let their kids fight the monsters under the stairs!

Nowadays we naturally know dads are capable of parenting--so Dad has to go, too!
Apr. 9th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Poor dad, the victim of enlightenment :)
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this wonderful list!
Been away for some time working on a freelance project and my own wip, and this kind of works for what's been going on. Thanks again :)
Apr. 9th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Anna :)
Apr. 9th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
As a long-time Steve Almond fan, I've got to say, the dude is ever-reliable. I loved this piece and was reminded of how lucky I was that the editor of my first publication between hard covers (an anthology called At Grandmother's Table was completely reasonable from the get-go about sharing royalties.
Apr. 10th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
I was amazed at the audacity of the guy trying to get him to contribute his work for free when he and his partner had got a $50K advance.
Apr. 10th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
I was curious about the Steve Almond post after I read wordsrmylife's post and I had to go read it.

Laughing mao. That was great. It made my day. Thanks for all the links, Jon. When I get a chance I'll go read the rest:D
Apr. 10th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
I liked the r word entry (very thoughtful) and the good karma one (amazing chutzpah some people have).

Thanks for trolling the web so I don't have to!
Apr. 11th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
That 'R' word post was a goodie :)
Apr. 11th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
OMG at that Good Karma story. Seriously? Especially at a time when not even my cats will purr for free. It takes good catnip, and not the the cheap stuff.

Thanks for sharing. :)
Apr. 11th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
I was expecting the guy to sheepishly own up to not yet having a publishing deal. I couldn't believe he had a $50K advance.
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