- The NYT children’s book special section is full of excellent things. Please continue ignoring Gawker at your leisure.
- The fabulous Carolyn reviews Jeff Ford’s new collection, The Drowned Life, for the LA Times. She also likes the salty language.
- Jeff VanderMeer spotlights the Amazon top 10 SFF titles of the year list (good list), which is interesting to contrast with the also-included top 10 customer picks list of same.
- Bike Kwan Do, over at Paul Collins’ place.
- Let the Dollhouse deathwatch continue… Please please please don’t be Fox, Fox. At least Life’s getting a full season pick up.
- Laini Taylor highlights The Gypsy Crown, and it’s been added to the TBR list.
- Felicity Dahl offers rare insight about her life with Roald.
- Brian Francis Slattery posts some typically intriguing and well-formed thoughts about magical realism and fantasy, and the usefulness of definitions. (Am very looking forward to sinking my eyeballs into his new one, as soon as the grad program is ovah…)
- … nonparenthetically speaking of which, my creative thesis has been approved. Le novel is done! Well, at least, it will be in a few weeks. I’m setting it aside for a couple of weeks, will make a few tweaks, and then it’ll be all grown up and ready to see the world. But it is approved by the fabulous genius known as Martine Leavitt. I essentially started this book around the beginning of August, and so while there are bits and pieces of the novel I’ve been working on for well over a year in there, most of it is entirely new. Since August. This to explain the sporadic and sucky nature of posting, and the even more sporadic and sucky nature of e-mail responses and other commitments this fall. But I am happy. And approved. My heart is light.
- Because of the above bullet, it’s entirely possible that posting will resume a normal pace in the very near future. Of course, now I have to start something new as the workshop submission deadline for the final residency approaches apace, and there’s that whole drafting my lecture for next week’s packet deadline too. At some point, though, larger thoughts on the MFA process will be posted — at least specific to my program, which I can’t recommend highly enough. Did I mention my heart is light?
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nonparenthetically speaking of which, my creative thesis has been approved. Le novel is done! Well, at least, it will be in a few weeks.
Preemptive mazel tov!
Congrats on your thesis! That’s fantastic!
If you’re reading about magical realism, you might like this article I used in my critical thesis. Talks about two kinds of magical realism . . .
Congrats on your thesis, and thanks for the Felicity Dahl link–very good read.
Woo hoo! Congratulations! But. . . since AUGUST? That’s not right. Books are supposed to take years of agony to write, aren’t they? I must be doing something wrong 🙂
And as for Dollhouse, UGH. I shake my fist at Fox. How has Joss not going on a killing spree? I get so tense over just the cover process on a book; I can’t imagine the frustration of working with a film/TV studio!
Re the Amazon list(s)–the customer list is I believe just the top selling SF/F titles of the year. Which means they’re not voted on by customers, since I’d imagine if the people who bought those books voted for a top 10, a good percentage of them would say “I bought it, but it ain’t a top 10 book.”
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