Halloo, the Internet! Stonecoast's January residency is fast approaching, so I've spent most of this month in a mad scramble to get all the prep reading for workshops and presentations done in time. Which is my latest excuse for not updating much. Still, I did manage one on a recent observation:
Multi-Perspective Books: Mostly Written By Guys?

I'm finding a weirdly specific trend, in fantasy at least: Books by female authors tend to have only one POV (MAYBE two, if it's the love interest), whereas books by male authors are likely to have a handful or more. 

I'm hoping to look into this, so post a comment with your thoughts!

And here's a collection of my favorite links from this month...

Oh wow, just noticed it's been over a month since I last posted anything here. Oops? Life became Very Busy, and this site was the first thing to get shuffled to the wayside... Here's a list of the writing-related things I accomplished in that time:
  • 10/15: graduate school packet (latest chapter of my WIP + essays on two books) delivered to my mentor
  • 11/1: manuscripts for January workshops
  • 11/2: a reading in front of actual people (which is why I now have an Events page!)

...and another grad school packet due on 11/15, which if you do the math comes out to being this Friday. Add into this various irrelevant work-stuff, and yes, I've been busy.

Oh, and NaNoWriMo is this month. I always make an account, but don't have quite enough competitive spirit to stick to it -- still, good luck to all those making a more serious attempt! I applaud your efforts. Now get back to writing.

Anyway, in all this month that I've spent not writing blog posts, I have had time to read some. So, without further ado, here are six of the best articles I've come across lately (listed after the break, in approximate order of the writing process)...

I've been pretty quiet for the past month, but here are a few reviews I put up in the Reading section:

Hi folks! Didn't post an update last week; makes more sense to do these less frequently, I think? I'm kinda new to all this, so bear with me.

Anyway, over the past two weeks I've added a bunch of stuff! First up:

A Survey!
Yup, I made a survey. It's meant for writers, asking what genre(s) they write, what they read, and how the two interact. More responses are better, so please spread the word!

...and two new Reading posts:

Another Tuesday, another batch of blog posts! In the Writing section, I've put together a list of ways to make characters change:

Why Change? Four Reasons for a Character to Evolve, and Their Uses

I recently read this article by Bradley P. Beaulieu, discussing ways in which characters change and grow and whether or not this is necessary to a good story. This had me thinking not only about the ways in which characters might change, but the reasons for them—what inspires characters to change, either consciously or unconsciously, and which of these are most effective for a story? ...
...and in the Reading section, there's a new review:

Review: Richard Yates's REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

This book is sharply different from any I would normally read, but I picked it up because a writing teacher claimed that it was her favorite, and that the novel I was working on reminded her of it—she wouldn't tell me how or why, only that I needed to read it for myself. So now I have, and I do see the resemblance, though I'll not go into it overmuch here. ...
That's all for this week! Next time'll be the promised post about revising, and maybe another review. Maybe not! Keeping you on your toes.
I posted the feminist essay on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms that I warned you was coming last week:

First posts to the Reading and Writing blogs have gone up! They're both responses to books, and each includes a few recommendations for further reading, so check them out:

...and most of the basic content is in place (About, Current Projects, Shop, and general layout). Next step will be finding images to use for headers and banners and whatnot, and a photo for the bio, and then I'll actually start creating blog content! In the meantime, I'll keep track of all notable updates to the site here, so any of you somehow reading this who want to keep abreast of my progress, that handy little RSS feed in the sidebar of this page (or in the top-right corner) will save you all the effort.