Grow a Backbone, Lady: Diversity in Young Adult Novels

A few weeks ago, I drove down to The Writers Place in Kansas City, Miss., (full disclosure: I serve on the board of directors) to talk to a group of around twenty upper middle-school kids about writing fiction. We ended up talking about race....more
In writers' workshops, we talk about 'Write what you know.' And there's no question that we all ... more

Don't Force the Suck: Why I Quit Word Count Goals

I have a confession to make: I quit on word count goals. Every year, I'm happy for my NaNoWriMo-embracing friends. I've spent time next to them at the library. I've cheered for them when they reached their fifty thousand nouns and verbs. I can no longer do it myself....more
Interesting post, and something that caught my eye because I'm kinda sorta playing with ... more

Apps that make iPhone and iPod Touch game-changers in tech

The online world changed for me this year. I discovered the handheld — or rather what the handheld promises to be. I had a Palm 700p before. It was a good phone. Qwerty keyboard. Great reception. Worked just about anywhere. But after more than 2 years with the Palm, I just had to try the iPhone, the multitouch interface, the motion sensor. But I had no idea what worlds would be opened up over the months since — mostly not by Apple directly, but by the creative minds creating some applications that strike me as almost mind-blowing. ...more
@LeighKennedy Yes, thanks. I blogged a bit about it ... more

Is Choice Enough? AmericansElect.org and the Accountability Question

Americans Elect is an interesting new political venture. Americans Elect is the first-ever open nominating process. We're using the Internet to give every single voter—Democrat, Republican or independent—the power to nominate a presidential ticket in 2012. The people will choose the issues. The people will choose the candidates. And in a secure, online convention next June, the people will make history by putting their choice on the ballot in every state. ...more
@Virginia DeBolt Maybe yes. Definitely people are disgruntled. I sure am. But I wonder about ... more

Our Virtual Team Toolbox

Everyone does virtual differently. Having worked in bricks-and-mortar previously, setting up a virtual work system as been something of a mix of experimentation with solutions recommended by others. Here are some of the ways we manage as a virtual company. ...more

So as far a social goes, it's a clique facilitator, it seems to me.

As for use with virtual ... more

CBS Reporter Lara Logan Hospitalized After "Brutal Sexual Assault" in Egypt

CBS News announced yesterday that Lara Logan, a star reporter known for her coverage of wars and crises, suffered a brutal beating and sexual assault last Friday while reporting on the crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Sqare celebrating the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. ...more

Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Maher: We Don't Care What Bloggers Have to Say

For years now, we've seen people entrenched in, married to, paid by or validated by old media attack new media, "those bloggers," Twitter, Facebook … the Internet in general. It's been fading lately as publishers especially have started to embrace and integrate new media into their publishing strategies. But there are still holdouts, many of whom seem not just ignorant but willfully ignorant. ...more

Nice to have company on this side of this digital divide.

Laura ... more

Do Tell: Twilight vs. True Blood! Tell Us Which Vampire Series You Prefer to Win Both Sets of Books

It must be Vampire Season. Last month, Charlaine Harris released Dead in the Family, the tenth novel in Sookie Stackhouse series -- the basis for the series True Blood. ...more

Count me as a Sookie fan. The show has gotten pretty ridiculous at times, but what vampire show ... more

Leave a Comment Now to Donate a Book to a Child in Need (Really!)

BlogHer and BookRenter, a company that rents textbooks to college students, have joined forces because we know that books makes a difference. Help us meet our goal of 1,000 books donated -- we're not there yet! ...more

When I was little, I loved....

* Dr. Seuss (all of them)
* Curious George
* ... more

Is Google Taking Us Back to High School?

I remember high school. The socialites — the "soshes" or soc's or however you would spell the nickname (I never learned) — were the in crowd. The cheerleaders, the football players, the glamorous crowd who looked down on the rest of us. Something like Heathers, only moreso and without the violence. When it came to who mattered in school, they were the arbiters. ...more

I look at it as not so much how am "I" going to be discovered as how am I going to discover ... more