I just finished reading Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild: And Other Stories, and I was struck by the simplicity of her characters and the complexity of their worlds. Especially in Bloodchild, where she depicts a very nuanced relationship in a new world order. If you have the opportunity to get the Audible version, I highly recommend it; The narration by Janina Edwards is excellent.
Pretty safe to say that we’re all killing it, amirite?!?!?! Sage advice from The Oatmeal.
HAPPY FRIDAY! If you’re anything like me, then you probably plan on doing some writing this weekend. If you’re in the market for some inspiration, I highly recommend checking out the Nerdist Writer’s Panel podcast, moderated by Ben Blacker. Guests are generally TV & Film writers, but they’ll have on the occasional novelist as well. The format is casual, and Ben asks some great probing questions about their process and advice for thriving in the business. It’s a great listen if you’re in the mood for some motivation and funny anecdotes from some the biggest writers in town.
The episode below is one of my recent favorites featuring John Green, author of some of the most popular YA novels like The Fault in Our Stars, and Paper Towns. He talks a little bit about how he got his writing career started (writing book reviews for a small publisher) and how he’s evolved throughout his career. If you’ve never heard John Green speak, this will be a real treat for you: he’s super intelligent, well-spoken, and geeky, which makes him relatable and fun to listen to. Check it out, and make sure to follow these guys for more writing insights!