1. I heard back from Cameron about my revisions. She likes the changes I made and will get her notes to me soon. Yay! This means I can stop fretting over whether she liked them or not and if she was going to kick me to the curb because I suck.
2. I’m at around the 7k words point in my YA Zombies! novel. Going to see if I can nudge it past the 10k point this weekend. I usually try not to push myself too hard on the weekends to get writing done, however, except for one day last week, I’ve been slacking off quite a bit.
3. Next week is the release date for Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I’ve seen people raving about this book for several weeks now and it looks like one of those darkly magical tales that’s going to leave me feeling like the world’s most incompetent writer. Erin has two interviews up at Writer Unboxed Part I, Part II
4. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, surprised a college class for an episode of mtvU’s show Stand In. They gave the students some of the best advice I’ve ever heard about crafting a story. When writing scenes, if you can insert “And then” between the scenes, you’re doing it wrong. Your scenes should be linked by “Therefore” or “But” so as to show causality and conflict. I’ve heard this explained in other ways by other writers, but this simple, no nonsense way of stating it really hit home.
5. Ilona and Gordon Andrews are giving away an ARC (advanced reader copy) of Fate’s Edge on their blog.
6. Laura Ann Gilman has a wonderful Practical Meerkat post up on Book View Cafe about what to do when you, as a writer, meet Those People (Mr. Coulda Beena Contender, Ms. Areoua Bestselleryet, Mr. Whydon’tchu).
7. And I’ll add in a bonus seventh thing and let everyone know ahead of time that I’m working on yet another guest blog. This time it’s for Lost In Fiction. I’m not 100% sure when it will be up, but I’ll keep everybody posted. Can I just say how fun it is doing guest blogs. Keep em coming people! 😉