Posts tagged ‘stephbowe’

September 20th, 2010

Visual Inspiration

by Madeleine Rex

Visual Inspiration is a meme started by Steph Bowe. Although I don’t think I can manage this on a weekly basis, I felt like it would be fun, at least once. So, visual inspiration for The Lemonites

Next week on Monday, you’ll get the rest!

*All pictures are from We Heart It or Google Images.

May 28th, 2010

The Chirps of Other Wordbirds

by Madeleine Rex

Last week, I attempted my very first COOW (pronounced coo) post, in which I gathered my favorite posts of the week and their teasers. This week has been equally eventful and epic (is it possible to be equally epic?), and the following posts really struck me!

The Post: In What Flo Taught Me About Chemistry, Sarah Enni talks about how “Flo and the Motorcycle Dude” are a great example of fabulous chemistry between characters. And, honestly, who can not love a blog post that expertly combines writing and Flo?

The Quote:

Real-life couples have odd chemistry. So do our favorite fictional couples: The so-opposite-they’re-great Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy; the bizarre quirks that make Harry perfect for Sally; the passion that connects Claire Beauchamp and James Frasier through time.

The Post: Steph Bowe is arguably the driving force (online, at least) in the world of YA YA literature, as in young adults in the business of writing YA novels (such as myself). This week, she posted some uplifting and enlightening (two admirable qualities) tips for kids like me.

The Quote:

1. Don’t listen to a negative word anyone says. (With the exception of constructive criticism, obviously, you’ll figure out how to differentiate that from people being just plain nasty.) People will tell you that because you are young you can’t write because a) you have no life experience (as far as I’m concerned, you can have the busiest, most exotic life in the world and it doesn’t necessarily make you a good writer), b) because they couldn’t write as teenagers and c) because you should be studying to get into a good university/job or, if you’re a girl and have particularly old-fashioned acquaintaces, because you should be prettying yourself up to try and wrangle a husband. Because obviously that’s on the mind of all 16-year-olds. These people who say negative things? They aren’t going to stop when you get a book deal. If you get published as a teenager, it’ll probably get worse. Which is why you need to decide right now that what they say doesn’t matter – you know that anyone at any age can become a great writer, and they’re just jealous of your motivation.

The Post: I am simply blown away by Kiersten White. I cannot wait to read her debut novel, Paranormalcy. Luckily, I get a taste of her writing (though only a nibble) every day from her blog. This week, I loved her post, Reality. If editing’s got you blue, read this post. Remember why you’re wasting away in front of a computer screen in your pajamas. The reality in this post is the dream so many of us are working toward.

The Quote:

I know I’m living a dream (mine, and probably many of yours) and it’s incredible. It’s a buttload of work (and I never use the phrase buttload lightly), it’s exhausting, it can be very stressful, but when you get right down to the heart of it, it’s the best possible reality I could imagine.
And that’s saying a lot.
The Post: Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves, posted a brief overview of the book writing/publishing process. From step one, when the author works on his or her own, to step ten, when the books are printed, shipped, and (hopefully) sold to the like mad.
The Quote:

Step seven: typesetting.  The manuscript is sent to be type set which is the point at which it starts to look like a book.  Sometime before this point all the aspects of the typesetting have already been chosen and designed (what font, the layout of the pages, any chapter headers or symbols between sections).  One thing I never realized is that new errors can be introduced at this stage so if you find a typo in a book, sometimes this is where it happens.

I am aware that many of the blogs mentioned here were mentioned last week.

Do you get the picture this time?

Those. Blogs. Rock.

Let us hope that next week will be another great one in the blogosphere, but, in the meantime, I have book reviews to write.

This is Madeleine, signing off.

(P.S. Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend.)

May 24th, 2010

20 Things to Say

by Madeleine Rex

I read this post on Steph’s blog ages ago, when I first heard of her and devoured half her blog posts in twenty minutes (yeah, it’s that good). This post isn’t book related, but I’m extremely excited to do it.

Below are twenty things I want to say to certain people-who-shall-never-be-named. I’m going to try to be blunt and honest (or at least more blunt and honest than I’d be to people’s faces). If you want to take a whack at this, go ahead, and I’d love to read your posts!

Here you go, 20 things I’m way too smart and/or cowardly to say:

  1. Dude, pull up your pants. Do you realize butts look better when they’re in pants?
  2. I really am nicer than I seem. I think.
  3. I think you’re an idiot. (Which sounds like a contradiction to #2, but, yeah, read #2)
  4. Sometimes, you need to try a little less to be someone you’re not. You rock as-is.
  5. I think you dress like a hooker. I’m sorry, but have you seen your shoes? Wrong impression.
  6. I love you even though you drive me totally insane.
  7. You know that thing you said a few weeks ago that you already forgot about? That hurt my feelings, and I cried.
  8. I think your accent is really cool. Can you teach it to me?
  9. The color of your fake-blond hair reminds me of the cheese powder for mac&cheese.
  10. Tomorrow, I want to give you a hug. But I won’t.
  11. Please, I’m begging you, please stop being a jerk.
  12. I love that you work so hard to be a good person. Not that you’re not a good person, but you still try hard to be even better.
  13. I love you so much that I cry (actually, I do say this. To my parents).
  14. I’ll be nice to you, but you actually annoy me. Sorry, but I’m human just like everyone else, remember?
  15. I’m not perfect. I wish I was, but I’m not. Thanks for thinking so, but I thought I’d give you a reality-check.
  16. When you laugh, I want to laugh, and when you cry, I want to cry.
  17. I think you’re a wonderful person. Period.
  18. Thanks for being my best friend because I know I’m really a pain sometimes. You should be granted saint-hood for putting up with me.
  19. Please, please don’t disappoint me.
  20. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.

As I said, I would love to read your posts like this; just give me a link! It’s so relieving to be able to just say it.

So, free yourself, let the words tumble from your mouth, and do it in a safe, no-body’s-going-to-think-I’m-crazy way.

I’m running out of books to review because I prefer to review books that I’ve read more recently. I’ll try to zoom through three or so books this week, but I’m also going to be writing more, so we’ll see! Happy reading, happy writing, and happy living!