Instead, I offer a few tidbits that have been fascinating me this week:
I hope you will check out Mitali Perkins' thought-provoking article in the latest School Library Journal, Straight Talk on Writing Race. As a white author writing about several non-white characters, I often find myself worrying about whether my portrayals will affirm or offend. I love these characters like my own friends and want to portray them with as much respect and verisimilitude as possible. Mitali's article opens up a dialogue that I hope will continue into this next generation of children's books.
Illustrator Jeff James has some really cool art on his site, including work he's done for my favorite stage company, Seattle Children's Theatre.
I just picked up Carrie Jones' NEED (awesome cover, awesome title) and think her blog is the icing on the cake.
Readergirlz is gearing up for Operation Teen Book Drop, next Thursday the 16th! We have lots of awesome YA authors who are confirmed to drop into the live chat at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern. Hope to see you!
I'm continuing to chip away at the revision of Brimstone Soup/A Light That Never Goes Out/Title TBD this week and next and hope to do a little series on revisions at some point - but it won't hold a candle to the wealth of info and helpfulness you will find at one of my regular haunts, Darcy Pattison's Revision Notes.
Did you miss "How to Hook a Hottie: Landing the Agent of Your Dreams" at SCBWI WWA? I will be posting an abbreviated series next week, so stay tuned!