Light news this week! It’s This Week in Books on a diet. We’re keeping our New Year’s Resolutions after all.
Let’s see what have we here. The good people at NPR are launching a new short fiction contest, but SPEAKING OF CONTESTS, I know those NPR people are great and all that with their insightful commentary and amazing radio programs, but WE ARE HAVING A CONTEST NEXT WEEK RIGHT HERE! Prizes and riches beyond compare (not really) hang in the balance!! Fun beyond compare (really)!! An ARC of a certain space adventure involving universe breaking will be given away! There will be more prizes than that!
This blog. Monday. Be there. Er. Here.
(Don’t worry, there are more links.)
In e-book news, writing for my employer CNET, David Katzmaier talked about how he borrowed a Kindle and was completely sold that e-readers are an improvement over paper. Only there was one problem with the Kindle: it’s not easy to borrow e-books from libraries (as it is with the Sony Reader). So he’s not buying a Kindle.
Could one of the perennial debates in writing circles be settled at long last? Slate’s Farhad Manjoo launched an impassioned broadside against the wasteful, malicious scourge of the writing world: two spaces after a period. I used to be a two-space sinner, but I have repented and seen the light, hallelujah.
The great Janet Reid tackles a very important topic necessary of distinction: the difference between a query and a pitch. Know it.
Now, I didn’t read the Babysitter’s Club books as I was busy at the time playing baseball and watching Star Wars (not at the same time, though that would be awesome). Where were we? Oh. Babysitter’s Club. I’m told that this is a hilarious post if you were a fan. (via my friend Holly Burns)
This week in the Forums, how to deal with writer’s butt, organizing your submissions, have you read THE CITY AND THE CITY? I want to talk!, how to handle subchapters, and what makes you good at what you do?
Comment! of! the! Week! there were tons of great Twitter tips in yesterday’s post about how to use Twitter and I’d hate to single out just one, so I’m going with a collective comment of the week for that thread. Thanks everyone!
And finally, via Sommer Leigh in the Forums, Ira Glass and the radio program This American Life is one of the great treasures in both America and life, and he sat down for a really great series of chats about storytelling. It’s an absolute must see, especially the first one:
Have a great weekend!