Three Things Wednesday

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

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!


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8 responses to “Three Things Wednesday

  1. I think Carolina and I need some good bonding time together.
    This is me when my husband asks about watching a movie:
    Him: Comedy?
    Me: Nah
    Him: Chic Flick?
    Me: Nah, let’s get something where everything blows up.

    You know I love so much that you read with your babies. Something I need to do more of. But I will say, Brendan took the kids to the library and they came back with a backpack full of books. Love it.

  2. You know, you raise your children the same way, but they’re all different. What’s up with that? I’m still trying to get my youngest hooked on reading (he loves to be read to), and maybe a ‘blowing up’ book might be the ticket. Thanks for the links!

  3. Thank you for all the links and the encouragement you write. It really helps in my where-do-I-go-from-here moments.
    Also, I’m always looking for books with lots of action for Arctic Boy to read. He’s 14 and sometimes feels he’s drowning in ‘girl books’. We definitely have to hunt down Leviathan.

  4. Sarah

    You acknowledged the UT Ch Writers Blog! My life is validated! I must use more exclamation marks!!! I love it!! You made my day!!!




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