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How to Celebrate Winning NaNoWriMo! (And How to Anti-Celebrate Losing)

By Melissa AlbertDecember 4, 2013
Hey, everybody! Who won NaNoWriMo? (Bunches of hands go up. Mine stays down, shoved into a box of Sno-Caps.) Your suspicions are correct. I did, in fact, lose at NaNoWriMo. I let down myself, my amazing Sparkler Writing Buddies, John Green, the ghost of Edgar Allan... More  →
How to Celebrate Winning NaNoWriMo! (And How to Anti-Celebrate Losing)

Swoon: Gender Themes in The Hunger Games

By Janet ManleyDecember 4, 2013
A lot of fuss has been made about the general "ballsiness" of Katniss Everdeen, the hero/heroine of The Hunger Games. Her heroism goes beyond that of other female characters we single out as "not your typical chick," from Lizzie Bennett (aw no you di'nt tell... More  →
Swoon: Gender Themes in The Hunger Games

Don't Forget to Trademark Your Awesomeness

By Janet ManleyDecember 3, 2013
Sparklers, Nerdfighters, super species that are both: get a load of this. Urban Outfitters is selling a "don't forget to be awesome" rug, becoming just the latest in a long line of crafty appropriators of the John Greenism (an "initialism"—not an "acronym"!—he credits... More  →
Don't Forget to Trademark Your Awesomeness

A Standardized Scale for How Hard You're Shipping a Character

By ShivaniNovember 29, 2013
For those who don’t know, "shipping" is basically when you like the idea of two fictional characters being together. Their connection could be platonic but is more often made romantic. Deciding to while away math class thinking about the possibilities (Beetee and Wiress! Tris and... More  →
A Standardized Scale for How Hard You're Shipping a Character

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover (Judge It By Its Title!)

By Bo Larkin and Caitlin JefkoNovember 22, 2013
We’ve all heard the old saying before, that you should never judge a book by its cover. But have you ever been told not to judge a book by its title? To prove that titles can be even more misleading, we tried a little alternative-cover experiment, designing new book jacke More  →
Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover (Judge It By Its Title!)

New YA Utopian Novels!

By Janet ManleyNovember 22, 2013
If you hated the dystopian Taronga, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Taken, Noah's Castle, Tomorrow When the War Began, 1984, Delirium, I Am Number Four, How I Live Now and The Eleventh Plague, then you will LOVE these new teen YA utopian novels. The Dinner Games by Suzanne Collins Katniss, a hardy... More  →
New YA Utopian Novels!

Know Your NaNoWriMo Characters: Advice From a Published Author

By Kathryn_WilliamsNovember 22, 2013
We're two-thirds of the way through NaNoWriMo, and I could write a rousing second-period pep talk about being aaaalmost there and powering through and pounding your keyboard until it submits, breathless and bewildered, to your word-count goals. But I'm not! Instead I'm going... More  →
Know Your NaNoWriMo Characters: Advice From a Published Author

8 Fictional Characters We'd Like to See as Judges on The Voice

By ElodieNovember 21, 2013
The Voice is kind of like the musical version of the Hunger Games—it’s all the fun of competitive singing combined with the bloodlust that comes along with the promise of a single victor. There are battle rounds and tests of friendship. They even have judges... More  →
8 Fictional Characters We'd Like to See as Judges on The Voice

Sick of Your NaNoWriMo Novel? Don't Despair, Transform It!

By Melissa AlbertNovember 20, 2013
Sparklers, I have a confession. I am bored of my NaNo novel. Because I suspect it is actually very terrible. While it's easy in the first half of NaNoWriMo to tell yourself that the point isn't to write something good, but just to WRITE, it gets increasingly difficult... More  →
Sick of Your NaNoWriMo Novel? Don't Despair, Transform It!

What to Do if NaNoWriMo is Killing Your Soul

By ElodieNovember 19, 2013
So, NaNoWriMo is killing your soul. That’s perfectly natural—expected, even! Plot holes are appearing out of nowhere, and your characters are copping an attitude. You're pretty sure there's a mental breakdown on the horizon because writing is hard and everything’s hopeless, and we’re all just... More  →
What to Do if NaNoWriMo is Killing Your Soul