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August 17, 2013      

Notes From Elsewhere: Happy Saturday Edition

Jack in the Box by Jess C. ScottGreetings, Word Rioters! Happy Saturday! How’s the tail-end of summer treating you? Are you productive, or are you like me and behind on everything? No matter, let’s just read some good stuff together.

First up, we have news from former WR contributor Jess C. Scott: She has a new novella out, Jack in the Box. Her short story, “Porcelain,” previously appeared on this site, and David Hoenigman interviewed her here in August 2011.

Now here’s one of the best things I’ve read all week: At terribleminds, Delilah S. Dawson presents 25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition. Reed and heed.

If/when you get to the stage in which you must ask other writers to blurb your book, know that you are not alone in feeling anxious about doing so. Andrew Scott has collected his thoughts on the process here.

Here’s the latest in Infuriating/Frustrating Things About Being a Woman:

Laurie Penny talks about the often hostile environment in which women writers work, particularly in Britain.

At Gravel Magazine, Shannon Barber ponders body image.

Here’s Sophia McDougall at The New Statesman: “I Hate Strong Female Characters:”

Sherlock Holmes gets to be brilliant, solitary, abrasive, Bohemian, whimsical, brave, sad, manipulative, neurotic, vain, untidy, fastidious, artistic, courteous, rude, a polymath genius. Female characters get to be Strong.

And now, Jason Diamond‘s Handy Guide to Why Jonathan Franzan Pisses You Off.

Well, at least he’s not as bad as Orson Scott Card, who continues to be ass, to put it mildly.

Possibly Related: Becky Cole asks, “What are your book dealbreakers?”

Possibly Related to That: At Pajiba, Joanna Robinson has “6 Old Plot Points That Still Make My Blood Boil.”

In regards to coming up with a story to begin with, here’s Community-creator Dan Harmon‘s process.

Here’s a good interview by Trish Bendix with Mary Gaitskill “on her bisexuality and writing queer.”

Possibly Related, Take 2: PANK’s Queer Issue deadline is approaching.

Another good interview, useful to anyone creative: Johnny Marr on “a life of musical wanderlust.”

Flavorwire has The 25 Best Websites For Literature Lovers.

One of those sites is Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and I really loved this recent story posted there: “The Monster” by Ali Simpson.

I also really enjoyed “Probably It’s Nothing Fancy” by Amy Butcher, a personal essay over at Tin House.

Possibly Related, Take 3: Both my children and I are in the habit of spouting off all the new things we have learned or found amusing in the things we are reading or watching. At BookRiot, Jodi Chromey examines her own “Book Reportarrhea.”

If you’ve ever wondered about the lifespan of a library book, on reddit, a librarian explains the process.

Also in reddit-land, here are the Top Books Derived from 11 “Top 100” Lists.

At Brain Pickings, Maria Popova talks about Gay Talese and his thoughts on “the Social Order of New York’s Cats.”

Recently, online behemoths Amazon and Overstock had a little back-and-forth price war going on. At GalleyCat, authors respond.

Finally, this might be the most vital thing you read: Neil Gaiman talks about the importance of creating a will for your intellectual properties, and he includes a handy PDF to create a basic version of the document.

Happy reading and writing, and we’ll see you here next time.

 

Notes From Elsewhere is brought to you by Sara Habein, who doesn’t pretend to be the first to know anything.

    1 comment to Notes From Elsewhere: Happy Saturday Edition

    • Francesco Sinibaldi

      Transient memory.

      If a fine
      leaf appears
      in the heart
      of the country
      I can see, near
      a glimmer, a
      delicate white
      dream.

      Francesco Sinibaldi

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