Bookish Acronyms

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Since I started blogging, I’ve learned a lot of acronyms (or perhaps initialisms as John Green would want me to say) about books and writing. I compiled a list of ones I’ve learned and ones I’ve used that readers have asked me about. Let me know in the comments if there is one you’ve been confused about or if there’s one I should know that I haven’t included on this list. Also let me know if I misdefine an acronym … it’s very possible. I’m a girl who has believed more than once that gullible was written on the ceiling. Continue reading

Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters

This week’s top ten tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish was too good to resist. However the process of choosing these characters was more angst-filled than I expected. I had a difficult time defining the term secondary character. Would it be more insulting to call Calvin O’Keefe from A Wrinkle in Time a secondary character or to leave him off the list. I had similar fears about Gilbert Blythe. Seriously, I’ve been taking both of them on and off the list. I also made a rule I could only chose one character per book. Let’s face it, without the rule the list would just be a character list from Harry Potter. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Girls from John Green Novels

WRoOue0Last Saturday was best-selling YA author and vlogbrother John Green’s birthday. It got me to thinking that yes I’ve done a Marry, Date or Dump on boys from his novels and yes I’ve done one where you could choose between Green and other YA authors, but I haven’t made a post for the girls from his books. I chose the ladies from his most famous books (Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars) but if you want to swap in Jane from Will Grayson, Will Grayson or Lindsey from An Abundance of Katherines then go for it! Lots of people criticize Green’s books for buying into the manic pixie dream girl trope. I would argue that he takes that theme and adds layers to it … but that is probably a topic for another post. I really love his female characters for being intelligent, independent, and most importantly for never forgetting to be awesome.

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Links for a Lazy Sunday

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Hope everyone is having the most lovely weekend. I’m trying to cut down on my internet time because I really need to be working on edits and I’m preparing for lots of visitors in the upcoming weeks. But here are a few links that I couldn’t resist taking a look at:

Word Count and YA Novels

Two weeks ago I wrote about the verb to be plaguing me. Now the monkey on my back is obsessing over my WIP’s (work in progress) word count. Word count has always been a bit of a sore subject for me. I always felt like my short stories came out too long and in my previous two attempts at novel-writing they’ve come up too short.

I’ve spent many hours over the years googling how long a novel should be. Most of them say things like “there is no should” and “however long it takes to tell your story”. I can’t think of anything less helpful. I appreciate the bloggers give number ranges, but this information is often contradictory. Some say a novel is never less than 70,000 words. While others insist on somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 for a first time author. Short of taking my favorite novels and physically counting the words, I’ve been at a loss to answer this question (which lets face it is probably just a tricksy form of procrastination). Until I discovered AR Book Finder, a site that will give you the word count for almost all novels. 

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