Sunday afternoon linky

lnhammer‘s Psyche, At Midnight, In the Dark is now online in Goblin Fruit: “She knew the stories. After this sweet year / in bed together, physically sincere, / didn’t he trust her with the truth? And worse — / why hadn’t yet her kisses cured his curse?”

Janette Rallison shares photos from last weekend’s YAllapalooza at Changing Hands Bookstore.

kmessner is reminded by a young reader that not every book is for every reader, and that that’s all right.

metteharrison on the one coincidence rule in fiction. This has me thinking about whether it’s best to use one’s coincidence early, or save it for later on.

swan_tower on the cliche of the nagging wife (girlfriend, mother, random female friend, whomever).

snarp is a Darkover book. Because sometimes watching a skillful takedown of the books you love can be fun, too.

Via Mitali Perkins, Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery acceptance speech: “A writer of fantasy, fairly tale, or myth must inevitably discover that he is not writing out of his own knowledge or experience, but out of something both deeper and wider. I think that fantasy must possess the author and simply use him. I know that this is true of A Wrinkle in Time. I can’t possibly tell you how I came to write it. It was simply a book I had to write. I had no choice. And it was only after it was written that I realized what some of it meant.”

Kristin Cashore on the limitations of writing fantasy: “When you start a book, you’re trying to make something out of nothing, and you need it to grow fast. And so, at the beginning of a book, practically every word can cause the writer growing pains … At times you feel like you’re forcing something into being that would rather not be, and you’re making too many choices; there’s too much power for you to misuse.”

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