Today I'm answering a few questions about my fandoms of choice. On Tumblr, the fandom trifecta is Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Supernatural, but to me right now, the fandom trifecta is Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and The Hunger Games. They are what most my questions will be about.
What was the first HP book you read?
The Chamber of Secrets, actually. I decided, since I'd seen the first movie, just to start on the second book. I went back after and read through the first later, of course!.
Which are your favorite and least favorite HP books?
For a long time, my most favorite was The Prisoner of Azkaban, but then The Half-Blood Prince came out... and then The Deathly Hallows... LOL. I used to quite dislike The Order of the Phoenix. I thought it was too angsty and dark. Now I understand it because of the movie and because I've been to angsty teenagerland myself. So I don't really have a least favorite anymore!
Which HP character is your favorite? Which is your least?
My favorite is Hermione, obviously. I also really like McGonagall and Luna and Neville and Lupin and Lily and James and Fred. My least favorite is Umbridge, of course, closely followed by Rita Skeeter and Bellatrix Lestrange.
Every writer gets rejected and critiqued, even the great ones, and when you're in the midst of that yourself, it can be really encouraging to look at the stories of famous and successful authors who made it through their moments of failure. So I thought I'd share some such tales today! Please enjoy.
J.K. Rowling received a pretty low number of rejections at 12, but she originally wrote Harry Potter while living in poverty as a single mother. She was picked up by a literary agent on the whim of their assistant and then by an editor on their kid's recommendation. She's come a long way since those days--but apparently, she got plenty of rejections for her new adult thriller published under a pseudonym, too!
Dr. Seuss got 27 rejections before he decided to burn his manuscript of And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. On his way to do so, he bumped into an old friend on the street who had just become an editor--and thus he became a published author. 🤷🏻♀️
Stephen King threw out his own first draft of Carrie, but his wife pulled it out of the trash can and insisted he keep going. He was rejected 30 times before that book got him published. He hung up all his rejections on a nail on a wall, and the nail eventually failed. He "replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing."
Agatha Christie wrote her first book at the age of 22, was rejected a whole bunch, wrote a second book, was rejected a whole bunch, then finally got published after she agreed to rewrite the ending of that second book. She's apparently one of the bestselling authors of all time!
Today, I'll be showing you my Amazon Wishlist(s), which have all the things that I want on them. Hopefully you'll find some stuff you like too!
This last week, I attended the free online writing conference WriteOnCon, which is super legit and brilliant. I did it last year as well and wrote a dual post on it, one for each day. This year, since you can access the content online anyway, I figured I'd squeeze it down to one post of my own notes so you can get an idea of what affected me most. I completely recommend this conference for anyone in the writing industry. The actual records and lectures are still up, so check them out!
Writing Realistic Characters
Character and Plot
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I figured it'd be a good idea to share the blogs I follow. There are a fair amount of them. I think it's important to keep up with the writing community and industry, and this is how I do it! Through these kind of resources, I've given myself lots of opportunity for growth and learning. For example, right now, I'm attending the free online writing conference, WriteOnCon, which is completely brilliant. You should check that out as well, if you get the chance.
So for all you writers out there, or even readers who want to follow some awesome authors, here are the blogs that I follow.
Keeps you up to date on industry news.
Also looks at industry news, along with some new releases and relevant posts throughout
More industry news and blog posts. This one gets a little spammy, though.
Same as Publisher's Weekly, but a different group, obviously. Not as high quality but not bad.
This post is going to be about one of the biggest issues in the writing/reading world, which I imagine is also an issue in the rest of the art world. It's going to be about my own experience with having this issue.
Yes. My name is Kira Brighton, and I am a recovering book snob.
Education is a common topic in the children's/YA literature community, partly because the readers are in school, partly because literature is used for education, and partly because education just really matters. It drives our world forward. Newer generations determine the future, and what they are taught and how they learn and grow determines them..
Teachers aren't the only people important to education, but they do play a huge role. We all have teachers who have inspired us and teachers who have dragged us down. So I figured today I'd tell you about some of the teachers I've had whom I liked and disliked. The good ones will be listed by name, while the bad ones will not.
Elementary School Teachers
I started in a regular kindergarten of which I have only vague memories. After that, I transferred to a home school/regular school hybrid where we spent half the day being taught at home and the other half in a regular class with kids from first through sixth grades. It was a great setup, although my mom got tired of teaching me real fast.
My first grade teacher wasn't my favorite because she had a loud voice, and I was sensitive about that kind of thing. Nonetheless, through her and my mom's guidance, I completed a project that year that led to me wanting to be a writer.
In second grade, I had Miss Shelly, who I liked a lot. I was in her class for second and most of third grade. She was compassionate, and she gave me lots of opportunities to use my natural intelligence to help the other kids and expand my own knowledge. One of the reasons I liked her so much (and a common reason for me liking teachers) is that she trusted me to learn on my own. Some teachers always hang all over you, and they get annoyed if you get ahead of them. It's not cool. Let kids work at a pace that works for them!
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