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  • 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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