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23 March 2010 @ 04:25 pm
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100 Free and Useful Web Apps for Writers.


Jake at Digital Impressions JM, one of my favorite photographers, though his website is currently under construction, sent me this link. I haven’t used any of the apps yet, but I thought you guys might want to take a look at them.


Jennifery Lynn Barnes is holding a contest to win an arc of Raised by Wolves.


Though I’m really excited about the book, I’m not trying to win an arc, mostly because I won’t have time to read it until after the release date anyway. (I have a number of other arcs and reviews on my list, plus I’ll soon be studying for the bar exam.) Mostly I want to point out this link because I think the cover is gorgeous, particularly the background.


Karen Healey: Wherein We Consider the Awesome of Meat Loaf.


A couple things you might not know if you’re new around here: Karen and I are friends and one of the ways we bonded is over our unapologetic love for Meat Loaf.


In particular, I love Karen’s description of his music: Yes, all the songs are about pretty much the same thing – a boy who wants a girl to sit behind him as he drives a motorcycle like a bat out of hell down a road lit by the full moon in the middle of a hot summer’s night.


It’s no wonder I love Meat Loaf, right? Because that’s basically what my life is about. (In particular, I want a “silver black phantom bike.” I’ve always pictured a Honda Shadow when imagining it; I now own a Shadow, though it’s not silver and black. YET.) Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell was the first rock and roll tape I ever owned; a friend of mine gave it to me shortly after it was released. The video for “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” was the first music video I ever really loved. (It’s Beauty and the Beast! And I’m always sad, in any version of the story, when the Beast turns back into a man, because, hello, Beauty loves him as he is, not the physical stranger he then becomes!)


One of these days I will write an analysis of the fact that I basically live my life based on the things I’ve learned from Meat Loaf (even now! Bat Out of Hell III helped me survive law school!), but for now, go read what Karen has to say, and then leave a comment there sharing your thoughts.


I Heart Monster has an interesting post about best friends versus soul mates in teen fiction.


I actually try hard not to have the romantic entanglements in my writing come down to this, mostly because I don’t believe in soul mates and don’t want to idealize that especially in my teen fiction. For example, as much as I love Willow and Oz in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I hate during season four when he tells her that in all his life, he’s never loved anyone else. Now, sort of I can forgive him because he’s, what, nineteen when he says that? His life is really only beginning. But I frequently see this idea in teen fiction (and adult fiction, but I read a lot more teen fiction) that it’s a wonderful thing, the most important thing, to be the only person your partner has ever loved. And I think that’s ridiculous. Love isn’t lessened by the fact that your partner loved someone else before you. (Nor do I think it’s necessarily lessened if you or your partner(s) love someone else at the same time, but this isn’t a rant about negative portrayals of polyamory.)


Karen Healey also talks about the bad boys of YA fantasy.


I have said that I like bad boys (and girls) in fiction, but I’m starting to think I actually don’t, at least when the story expects me to believe the idea that stalking a love interest is romantic and applaudable.


Karen Healey, Writing From a Strange Land: The Imaginative Displacement of Margaret Mahy.


(Yes, I know this post is heavy on the Karen recommendations, but she is a friend and I think she says lots and lots of smart things.)


I haven’t read any of Mahy’s work, but I am adding her to my to read list.


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lilacsigil: 12 Apostleslilacsigil on March 23rd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Margaret Mahy is terrific - I read a lot of her stuff as a kid, and it would always fit seamlessly into my Australian landscape until suddenly there was an earthquake, or snow, or someone ate hokey pokey!