Yesterday, the official cast for Star Wars VII was announced over at StarWars.com. The "Big Three" will be back, as well as a cast of new faces, most of whom I hadn't even heard of except for Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in Lord of the Rings and Captain Haddock in Tintin. I wonder who … Continue reading Star Wars VII, Books, Movies Based on Books, and Vice-Versa
A few weeks ago, I asked YWS user rawrified to draw Abby and Tom from Secrets in Seaport. The end product is absolutely, positively gorgeous! Thank you, rawrified, for helping to bring my characters to life as only an artist can!
Prompt: All I did was open that bottle of soda, and in a burst of hazy mist, out popped a genie! It's up to you to decide what happens next. What does this genie look like? Is it male or female? Does it grant wishes? Or does it do something entirely different?
I've been considering posting weekly/monthly/sometimely writing prompts for all of those people who need some writing inspiration fast, and I've finally gotten around to doing one. Of course, I reserve the right to use these ideas myself, and if you do use any prompt I share, I'd prefer that you give credit to the source. … Continue reading Writing Prompt #1 –
In my research for my previous post about Newbery Medals, I read a highly thought-provoking quote from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the author if 'Shiloh' and the 'Alice' books, both of which I strongly denounce (in the context of "antonym of 'recommend'", courtesy of the thesaurus). When confronted in an interview with some alleged concerns towards … Continue reading Allison the Writer vs. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: The “Glass Bubble”
My musing for today is, who selects which books intended for children receive a Newbery Medal and how do they do it? Here's how I imagine (and embellish upon) it: A group of women between the ages thirty and sixty sitting at a San Diego Comic Con celebrity panel-style table, each engrossed in a 100 … Continue reading Who Picks the Newbery Awards?
In fact, ideas can take a lot of time. How long does it take to write a book? It's difficult for me to say. Usually, an idea "cooks" in my head for a very long time before I begin to write it. During that preparation time I will make notes and do research. The actual … Continue reading Ideas Take Time