Last week I had the great joy of attending Kwame Alexander’s event at a nearby bookstore! I hadn’t read any of his books, but I’ve heard fantastic things about them, and I make a point of attending author events whenever possible. I tend to be inspired, and to be much more interested in their books. Something about seeing an author’s passion firsthand is just unreplicable. Continue reading
If you clicked on this post, you probably know what Myers-Briggs/MBTI is. But just in case: Myers-Briggs is a “personality inventory” that defines 16 personalities, described through 4 dichotomies. More at the Myers & Briggs Foundation. Free test at 16 personalities.
Now, I will be blunt. The usefulness/scientificality of MBTI is hotly disputed. I have no interest in arguing that. The MBTI has been immensely helpful to me personally in both understanding myself and others. So I will continue to champion it.
If you’re a little obsessed with MBTI, you find typing other people to be FASCINATING. So I started researching the MBTI types of authors. Continue reading
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival has become one of my favorite festivals in just two years. The event is super well-run and the authors have been amazing. Even with 2-3 days of events, they have been (almost) unfailingly friendly, funny, and and really inspiring. I’ve enjoyed meeting all of them, but here are a few stand-outs!
There are not words for how cool Maggie Stiefvater is. She has rockstar style, writes swoon-worthy words, creates haunting music, raises a farm, and fixes/drives/decorates growlly cars. I was in complete shock about getting to meet her at the inaugural SEYA Fest. (I almost cried. But I didn’t. I did fangirl a lot.) She was hilarious and insightful and amazing.
I read Before I Fall in high school, long before it became a huge movie, so meeting Lauren Oliver was a very cool feeling. She intro’d Replica at a panel and I just Continue reading
As a career writer and aspiring fiction author, I really enjoy the writing advice that successful authors offer at conferences. It’s equal parts discouraging reality (12 years to publish??) and encouraging normality (they’re real humans like me!).
I don’t want to recreate all of the keynotes/panels, but I jotted down a few interesting points.
It takes years for the ideas to come together. Several authors have mentioned this concept–basically, the idea for a story starts many, many years before they’re finally able to write it. In some ways, that gives me hope, but Continue reading
Here are some articles to keep you occupied until the snow melts away and you resume normal life.
- Why It’s a Problem that Writers Never Talk About Where Their Money Comes From — Money is an interesting topic in the writing world. This author is mostly discussing the fact that writers who only write have to be sponsored by someone.
- The Top-Earning Authors in 2015 — while we’re talking about money and authors, here’s a discussion of what some contemporary authors are making. What I took away: Movies change things a lot.
- Used Bookstores Making A Comeback — another comeback article. I’m fully on-board with used bookstores staying strong, although the predictions on that keep fluctuating.
- How Silicon Valley takes on happiness. If you’re interested in happiness, productivity, coding, or humans, this an article you want to read.
- This Russian spy solved his own murder. Yes, it’s as odd as it sounds. Everything I read about Russia is fascinating and terrifying.
Thoughts on these? Read something interesting that I would like? Let me know in the comments!