But to other matters, this may (or may not) be your last GRR for a while, and that is no April Fool's day joke. But do not fear! I have some very lovely posts scheduled for you over the next several weeks. I have been busy baking posts for you and freezing them like lasagnas for your reading pleasure.* Call it e-nesting. And some of them are doozies. For example, I have guest posts lined up for you from the likes of: Kristen Lippert-Martin, Julie Dao, Linda Grimes, Anne R. Allen, my nemesis Simon Larter, Meghan Ward, Mike Chen, and Lt. Cccyyyxx.
Plus much more, including regular and original brilliance from moi.**
*credit for that line must go to KL-M.
** See first paragraph of this post.
Now, on to our GRR!
- In case you missed it, Jean Auel's final and sixth book in the Clan of the Cave Bear series, The Land of Painted Caves (great title!) has finally been released. All right! Let's hope it has just as much hot sex among cave people as her previous books did. I mean, er ah, stunning writing and meticulously researched information about neolithic people! Yes! (Link goes to Amazon, which has a video and other info.)
- Anne Allen asks whether social networking makes you feel like you're in high school. My answer: No, because with social networking, I don't seem to be a self-conscious loner. Unless you're all not telling me something I should know. Oh, God. You're not telling me something I should know.
- Jody Hedlund gives us lessons she's learned from writing contests. Really good stuff here.
- YA Author Sarah McClung gives us some tips on what NOT to do at agent panels at conferences. Actually the post is a thinly veiled list of appalling things she's heard at conferences,which makes train wreck with glee reading for you and me!
- Tawna Fenske posts about a most embarrassing experience at work involving farts. Here's the thing. Tawna shows us the power of humor by writing about those really crunchy moments in life. I tend to cringe and dive into a pool of self-loathing about such things. I include this post so we can all learn from her ability to laugh at herself.
- 7 tips for rising above rejection from Nick Daws.
- Jody Hedlund has 5 tips for writing better settings.
- Janice Hardy discusses the dramatic pause.
- Jane Friedman links to a post by Matt Lapata, who asks: Can the short story survive? This is a question that I would say yes to, since the official launch of our very own short story anthology happened this week, Small Tales. Submissions are already rolling in, so get yours in too!
- Bookend's weekly query critique.
- Meghan Ward has a great post called "Your facebook page and Glee" from media company milesmaria.
- Alexandra Sokoloff has a great post about opening images as a key storytelling element.
- Jennifer Shirk asks something I've been wondering about for a long time: where is the red-headed hero? Because honestly let's face it: ginger-heads are not revered on men, but on women it's considered sexy and fiery. Why? No reason. I personally like ginger.