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  • Blogging, Grimm, Internet, Writing

    Writers’ Blogs Part 2: read them for random insights

    09.01.09 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    Last year I did a post about authors who blog (regularly). I’ve dredged up some more, which are rather enlightening (to varying degrees).

    John Green, author of Paper Towns, published last year (which we quite liked), writes in a chirpy, humorous, self-deprecating fashion, and even reads comments and comments on them.

    Megan McCafferty of Sloppy Firsts fame, has an interesting take on blogging. She’s called hers a (retro)blog, and she includes writing assignments and essays she produced in school (going back to the 1980s). You’ll also find articles she’s written on the Twilight saga, containing a hint that Marcus Flutie (from Sloppy Firsts, not Twilight) is based on a real person (or persons).

    Susan Beth Pfeffer, author of the horribly harrowing (really, really) stories about what happens to the earth when the moon is knocked out of orbit by an asteroid (The Dead and the Gone, and Life As We Knew It).

    Brent Hartinger updates his regularly (the key to keeping a good blog, that). 

    Robin McKinley, author of Beauty and Sunshine (for those vampire fans). I love what she’s called her blog.

    Ysabeau S Wilce, author of two of the coolest-titled books ever. Her website is pretty flash, too.

    William Kostakis, who kindly responded to our questions last year.

    And for those Bear Grylls fans, keep up with what the Bear is up to: http://beargrylls.blogspot.com/ 

    Incidentally, the wonderful Neil Gaiman is going to win the 2008 Weblog Best Literature Blog Award, unless people start voting for Samuel Pepys (actually, I find Samuel rather dull).

  • Blogging, Grimm, Writing

    From blogs to books

    14.10.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on From blogs to books

    If you’re a blogger and an aspiring author then this article might interest you. Lim May Zhee is a Malaysian teenager whose popular blog has been instrumental in her publishing two novels (her blog is here – warning: it’s rather pink). Not bad for a 17 year old.

    We were thinking if she can do it, then so can you! All you need is some talent, perserverance and a willingness to spend a large amount of time at your computer (remembering ergonomics and the importance of micropauses (and other things like NCEA we suppose)).

    If you’re a blogger leave a comment about your blog so we can check it out.

  • Blogging, Simon

    Write for us

    09.09.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Write for us

    Don’t forget – we’re still looking for guest contributors for the Teen Blog. You can review books, CDs, films or games; or write about anything related to local teens and the library. Email us at teenblog@wcl.govt.nz if you’re interested. We’ve already been joined by Zach – the more the merrier.

  • Blogging, Books, Grimm, New, Writing

    Do ye blog me hearties?

    04.09.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Do ye blog me hearties?

    Post Part One:
    It had to happen: novels in email form are so last year. Something to Blog About* by Shana Norris is about Libby Fawcett, who starts a secret blog to vent her frustrations after her life gets complicated and annoying and embarrassing. Libby’s blog entries are interspersed with her first-person narration throughout the book, so you get two perspectives from the same person. See what you think.

    Post Part Two:
    And on the subject of blogging and writing… do you like writing? Are you interested in being a guest contributor on the teen blog? If you’re keen to have a go at writing about book, library, internet-related topics then email us at teenblog@wcl.govt.nz to begin discussions.

     * I’m guessing the title is inspired by the country song ‘Something to Talk About’ by Bonnie Raitt.

  • Blogging, Grimm, Internet

    Authors are bloggers too

    28.05.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Authors are bloggers too

    So you kind of like this author, right, and you want to, you know, get to know them a bit better…

    Some writers have surprisingly good websites and blogs (and some have sites with flashy buttons and bright colours from the nineties…), and reading them can give you a good insight into their writing and what they’re up to and all that.

    Here are some good examples:

    book coverStephenie Meyer’s site has got lots of info (if you can see past the Arial font) and a countdown to the publication of Breaking Dawn (65 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes and 7 seconds when I last checked).

    You can buy Scott Westerfeld-ish T-shirts from scottwesterfeld.com. Plus he calls his blog Westerblog, which I kind of like… and the header image is great.

    E. Lockhart (who wrote The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks) has a blog that she updates daily, and sticks photos on. It’s quite chatty and, well, blog-like.

    book coverNeil Gaiman’s blog is great. He is a very clever man, plus there’s a link to a teaser for the Coraline movie, which is out some time soon.

    Robert Muchamore (CHERUB Campus)- there’s a helicopter that flies across the top of the header. Cool. Also, join CHERUB and you also get monthly newletters and… missions!

    I tried to look at Darren Shan’s site, but got a message about bandwidth. I’m sure that means it’s really flash (no pun intended).

    And finally there’s *another* countdown at alagaesia.comChristopher Paolini’s counting the days until Brisingr (3 months, 22 days, 9 hours and 48 seconds, I saw).

    There you are.

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