1) So, I finished Leviathan. Read it loud to Carolina. She and I both loved it. And here’s the thing: I didn’t think I would. At all. But Westerfeld had me by the end of the first page. He got Carolina with the first paragraph. She’s a girl who loves action and wants something to blow up whenever there’s a chance. That happens in this book. Making the story even more enjoyable was the fact that all my girls and I had the chance to listen to Scott Westerfeld speak at the Provo City Library a couple months ago. Yahoo, Courtney!
What gets me is that Westerfeld thought this up. In my stories a normal girl has to marry her uncle. Simple plot right? Not Leviathan. I was constantly surprised. Maybe this is ’cause I’m not used to reading fantasy and science fiction and what in the heck is steampunk anyway? (FYI–Wikipedia says: Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.)
This book is worth the read. Here’s a blog talking about how Westerfeld came up with the idea.
And Behemoth is supposed to be even better. Carolina and I can’t wait.
2) Head on over to Utah Children’s Writers. They’re having a writing contest that I think we should all enter.
This is a blog worth visiting, I think. Lots of terrific writers are filling the space over there and what’s cool is that there are handy articles about writing. I particularly liked Julie Daines touching on how conflict in our books should not feel contrived. The site is filled with interesting, quick-to-read information like that.
3) While looking for places to advertise Writing and Illustrationg for Young Readers last year, I found http://www.WritingRaw.com.
This site is, in their own words: WritingRaw is a weekly literary magazine dedicated to new and emerging writers.
I asked Weeb if there was a page for children’s writers and he said, “If we get enough children’s material we will make a special page to highlight it.” This is an opportunity, I think, for those who might be interested. So check it out and then, if you place something there, please let us know. I’d love to see a children’s page started at WritingRaw. And PS Weeb is terrific to work with.
Now get to writing!