Y’all, my schedule is killing me! Since I last blogged I have done a classroom visit at Dream Yarp Prep in The Bronx. I read about a half dozen student manuscripts. I drafted a book review, wrote and delivered a “talkshop” at the National Black Writers Conference. (This was quite a highlight of a really hectic week.) AND, I used a curling iron to put about 400 spirals in my hair. And to top it all off, I was at work at 7 am, where I remain, dear reader, to this moment. But before I head off to the next task, let me fill you in on what’s cool on the itnernet today.
Opportunity alert: Scholarships for the 2011 Key West Literary Seminars.
Congratulations to Tina Chang, Poet Laureate of Brooklyn.
I am so glad that I decided NOT to title my novel, The Bigamist’s Daughters.
“Top Ten” black authors on twitter.
I never knew Annie John was out of print, but I am glad to see that it’s back.
Maud Newton decodes Sarah Palin. (Deep, y’all.)
My ultra classy publicist.
What do you use your journal for?
Sarah loves the sentences on Walter Mosley.
Book review BINGO. (Can also be used as a drinking game.)
If you have these words in your manuscript, scratch them out.
White Teeth on video.
The Saudi version of American Idol features poets, not singers.
Newsflash: I spend a LOT of this blog. Now am on this kick where I am scheduling out my day, I’m seeing exactly how much time I spend doing what. I gave myself thirty minutes get these links up. HA! It’s been thirty-three and I haven’t even started typing them in. But that’s okay. I love keeping this blog. I just have to juggle my schedule around a bit. So, with no further ado, here are today’s links, though a little abbreviated because I didn’t get to check out all my my source sites.
When MFA grads do it, they don’t call it self-publishing, they call it indie-lit. (This really annoys me because people on the margins have been publishing their own work for years and they get sneered at.)
The photo on the above is from Relentless Aaron’s flickr page. That brother is the hardest working person in “indie-lit.” Click on the picture and see all the tags he put on it.
Ralph Ellison’s second unfinished 1,000 page novel is now available.
Anne loves Dolen as much as I do.
What? James Patterson uses a ghost writer?
Kind of neat and kind of gross.
Dear Kate Spade: Please make a classic clutch out of Incidents In The Life of a Slave Girl. Thank you.
LA times 2009 Book Prize finalists.
Houghton announces the editors for the next Best American series. You will note a staggering lack of diversity.
Finally, congrats to Carleen Brice. The Lifetime movie, Sins of the Mother, was a great success over the weekend.
Why, why, why am I so sick on the first day back in class? Here are some links while I wait for the Day-Quil, etc. to kick in.
Poets, the case for staying alive.
A new film about Basquiat debuts at Sundance.
Junot Diaz says Obama needs to get his story together.
A song about my former roomie, novelist Vendela Vida.
The 2010 Girls Write Now reading series is amazing, if we may say so ourselves!
Laila Lalami is featured in a special issue of Callaloo.
On-line publicity basics.
You can cure yourself of overwriting.
Haiti: in ink and tears
August Wilson’s Fences is coming back to Broadway with Denzel playing the lead.
Margaret Atwood’s Ten Tips fot beating writer’s block.
Vic LaValle tells you what to do when someone says that your book “is a black book without being a BLACK book, you know?”
Check out the South African cover of The Help.
Okay, I am miserably signing off now.
Greetings from Seaside, Oregon. I am dead tired, but it’s only 6pm local time. Please don’t let me fall asleep in my risotto at dinner! Meanwhile, here’s a little reading material to entertain you while I get acclimated to my new surroundings.
My agent looks into her crystal ball and makes some predictions about the future of publishing.
Agate Publishing has had enough of Ishmael Reed’s Eeyore routine.
A publisher explains why they reject what they reject.
Laura Miller says go read a book you think you are going to hate.
The sad letters of poet Paul Celan.
DeBerry and Grant explain how two writers can author one book.
20 socially conscious films.
Sapphire is taking a victory lap.
The lady who gave Ebony Magazine it’s name has passed away.
NYC libraries are closing on Saturdays. Shelley is not pleased.
Mark Sanford’s wife is writing a juicy book.
Should writers of color switch up their routines depending on the audience?
The Center For Fiction Conference offers free studio space with registration!!!!
Jayne Anne Philips writes about her hometown: Buckhannon, West Virginia.
Ouch. The downside of being a bestseller.
The top ten questions editors ask themselves when looking at a manuscript.
So Katie Rophie thinks the new generation of writers are scared of sex.
Nichelle Tramble is blogging again.