Caitlin Sinead, author of Heartsick (Carina Press) is passing it on with a free query critique to those who subscribe to her website: And she has reasonable rates for a query or query/10 page critique as well. All this from a writer whose second novel (Redblooded, summer 2015) is soon available and whose work has garnered praise from primo pubs like Glimmer Train and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. (Other works are available online.)
You can follow links to her blog contributions at Trouble the Write Way, too. Check out the March 5, 2015 post about details in writing. How much is enough — or too much? It’s critical to narrow down the details so that each sentence reflects the story arc. “If the reader doesn’t need to know that — CUT!” she writes.
Photo Credit: Tim Coburn
The best of the many cartoons and pics of demonstrations against the murders of the Paris cartoonists and policemen.
Check out the image of Charlie Brown with his head in his hands. Charlie Hebdo (weekly Charlie) was named for the sad sack character. But no sad sacks at the CH — just the courage of men and women expressing freedom of thought through humor and satire.
Sixty-one journalists were murdered in 2014. Vive la presse.
Check out this tongue-in-cheek critique from Writer Unboxed: Dear Dwight. Love it!
A satire on the comments from a hypothetical women’s magazine editor is spot on. Nearly choked on the memories it evoked.
Check out this take on a BBC news story edit.
A recent article by avowed nonHunger Games reader Laura C. Mallonee in Time For Teen Fantasy Heroines To Grow Up, touched on some, well, touchy issues. Too much romance. Too dark dystopian. Too few books for boys. Worlds are not realistic. Girls learn nothing. The lengthy article has caused its own firestorm, on the eve of the Hunger Games newest movie release.
Next event: the Shattersnipe: Malcontent and Rainbows blog by Foz Meadows has created a response that begins with a bingo format. With the center free space “Hunger Games and Twilight,” you find squares such as “author doesn’t read YA” and “some YA is bad therefore all YA is bad,” and “Only talks about white authors.”
What follows is a careful rebuttal of Mallonee’s article. So go on over, read Mallonee first then check out the Shattersnipe article. May the oddness be ever in your favor!