End of June Blogosphere roundup!

Bloggy articles I’ve been reading about speculative fiction, reading, and writing, June 2011 edition. All hail the blogoverse.

Malinda Lo talks about morality (or not) in YA fiction. “Over the weekend the YA community was slapped in the face yet again by a major mainstream news source, when the Wall Street Journal published a review essay in its Books section titled “Darkness Too Visible” by Meghan Cox Gurdon.”

On a related note, Jackie Kessler also addresses that WSJ piece by Gurdon in her blog post, Making the Darkness Visible. “Maybe the notion of discussing these issues makes some people uncomfortable. That’s understandable; these are not comfortable topics. But that’s not a good reason to remain quiet. To those who insist that they’re protecting children and teens by not talking about these issues–or by banning books that discuss these issues–don’t you realize that the best way to protect children is to educate them about these issues?”

Over at Writer Unboxed Camille Noe Pagán talks about Writing your query first. “Ah, the dreaded query letter. Writers bemoan, obsess about and labor over them—not realizing that this one-page document may be one of the greatest tools at their disposal.”

How Idioms and and metaphors bring your world to life at TalkToYoUniverse. “Depending on the character of the person who uses them, and how that person feels about work, for example, the implications of the expression may be interpreted somewhat differently. This is an enormous opportunity for worldbuilders.”

At the Society Pages: Speculative Fiction, Atemporality, and Augmented Reality. “The divided categories of time have no intrinsic meaning aside from that which we give them through our perceptions of them–through our stories about them. We understand the past, the present, and the future each in reference to each other.”

Nicole Kornher-Stace is at the Apex Book Company with the article Your Voice is Not Your Enemy: A Few Thoughts on Muscular Language and Wielding it Effectively. “‘But we seem to be heading toward a place where writers who want to play with words or structure are supposed to only do so in poems — which many readers pass up categorically. And where’s the fun in that?’”

Are Happy Endings a Must? “But does this mean all endings should be happy? Are sad stories with sad endings the domain of the lonely, the manic-depressive, and the masochistic?”

“You Just Don’t Get It, Do You?” – A Montage of Cinema’s Worst Writing Cliche from Jeff Smith on Vimeo. Found via The Mary Sue.

Nicola Morgan talks techniques for plotting at Help! I Need a Publisher! “But here’s the most important bit of his advice, and it’s always been my advice, too: ‘…a lot of people find it useful. But you may not, and that’s fine by me. Look it over, decide what might work for you, and ignore the rest!’”

Do you judge a book by its title? N.K. Jemision has some good reasons why we shouldn’t. “I say all this to preface: I run into people all the time who ask me whether it bothers me to change the titles of my books. And the answer is: no.”


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