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Blog | October 28, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: Comics Suggestions, The Business Side of Writing + More

Hello, Rioters! Happy Halloween Week to you all. (‘Halloween Week’ is totally a thing. Just go with it.) Are any of you doing literary-themed costumes this year? I am, if one counts comic book characters (and I do).

Speaking of comics…

I’m also enjoying These are Comics! I Draw Them! by Michael Patrick McMullen. You can get his first collection for a mere 99 cents here.

If you like your comics heavy on the sex, Gina Nicoll at Panels has some suggestions for you. I keep meaning to read Sex Criminals, but have yet to get to it.

Also at Panels, Nikki

Blog | August 25, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere Returns! Craft Advice + More

Hello everyone! Yes, it’s been at least four months since I’ve had any literary links ’round these parts. Let’s make up for lost time and look at some interesting stories that I’ve saved in my trusty WR bookmarks folder since April.

Couple of good Patricia Highsmith-related links to share: First, this look at her book, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. I’ve always meant to read it, even though suspense fiction isn’t my usual neck of the writing-woods, since I figure we can all learn from it.

And here’s an article about what makes her work so adaptable to screen. I’m really looking forward

Blog | January 21, 2015

Notes From Elsewhere: National Readathon Day + Shedloads of Wisdom

Shedloads of Wisdom: That’s what we all want, right? A bit of wisdom in our lives, particularly when it pertains to our profession? Let’s get right into this week’s Notes From Elsewhere, Rioters.

This Saturday is National Readathon Day, where people are encouraged to make time to read from noon-4pm in their respective time zones. There’s a charitable element as well, if you’re interested. Or if you need an excuse for telling your household to leave you alone for four hours: “It’s for a good cause!”

How about some essays?

I really enjoyed “Changeling” by Stephen Policoff at The Rumpus about health, myth, and when

Blog | June 7, 2014

Notes From Elsewhere: Summer Submissions, The TBR Pile + More

Jeezy-chreezy, where does the time go? Despite my month-long absence here, I’ve still been saving interesting links to share with you all. So while some of them may be old news, one cannot read everything as it comes out. Hopefully something here strikes your interest.

Recently, The Strand published a rare Tennessee Williams story, “Crazy Night,” which is set on a college campus during the prohibition era.

The Nervous Breakdown has an excerpt from the novel Mannequin Girl by Ellen Litman, which is very good.

And now, some essays I’ve enjoyed:

“Girlfriend” by Wendy C. Ortiz, whose memoir Excavations is now available for pre-order

Blog | June 28, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Happy Summer Edition

Jess Walter, 2009: “Technically, I haven’t held a job since 1994. This does not make me unique in Spokane.”

Greetings and salutations, Word Rioters. Happy Summer to you all. May your drinks be frosty, may your food be grilled, and may your reading material be satisfying. Here are the literary things that have caught my eye lately:

Jami Attenberg had a guest blogging stint at Powell’s last week, and my favorite post was this one on sharing works in progress.

At LitReactor, Richard Thomas has a pretty great list of 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major

Blog | June 15, 2013

Notes From Elsewhere: Beautiful Saturday Edition

Highbrow Kitties: Flavorwire’s 10 Great Books Starring Cats

Greetings, Word Rioters. How lovely to see you again. Let’s get right into the reading material that caught my eye this week, shall we?

After Maureen Johnson recently made news by bringing attention to the subject, The Guardian is also contemplating the effects that gendered covers have on readers.

I enjoyed this interview with B.J. Hollars by Jill Talbot, over at TriQuarterly.

Here’s Judy Blume talking about working with her son and adapting Tiger Eyes to film.

If you haven’t already heard: Iain Banks has died.

An interesting project: A woodcarving

Blog | August 3, 2012

Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot Edition

First things first, we’ve got some news about a former Word Riot contributor, Peter Tieryas Liu: Signal 8 Press will be publishing his collection of short stories, Watering Heaven, this October. “The Death Artist,” which appeared here February 2011, is included within the book. Here’s the trailer:

Perhaps you’ve heard by now, Gore Vidal has died at age 86. The New York Times‘ writer Charles McGrath wrote him an excellent obituary.

In 1948 Mr. Vidal published “The City and the Pillar,” which was dedicated to J. T. (Jimmie Trimble). It is what would now be called a coming-out story,