canadian and YA author living in tokyo, japan. DUALED, available now, random house; DIVIDED (DUALED #2), may 27th 2014, random house. tumbling stuff i like: writing, books, movies, food.

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On Story Formats 


Sometimes I get an itty bit irked when I hear someone crit a novella and it sounds like this: “I wish this story had more setting and character development and a bigger plot.”

That’s when I want to say: “So…you wanted it to be a novel.”

Or when a book is a standalone, and…

"It’s not what I expected or wanted or am used to." You do a book no favours bringing in expectations. Go in wide open—it’ll be a waaaay better reading experience.



Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

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Baked Earl Grey Donuts



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Shades of Denunciation 


In my usual style, I’m feebly grappling with the Gordian entanglements of diversity-related criticism, and like everything else about this dialogue, I find it really, really complicated and really, really important to contemplate. I’ve been thinking about it in both specifically book-and-author…

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.
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Plotting Methods for Meticulous Plotters 


A Guide for the Seasoned and the Not-So-Plot Savvy

This is a subject that a lot of writers tend to struggle with. They have ideas, great ideas, but are uncertain how to string them together into a solid plot. There are many methods that have been devised to do so, and most…



Captain America: the Winter Soldier - The Falcon [x]

#SAM WAS SO GREAT LET ME LIST SOME OF THE WAYS #fearlessly chatting with captain america; treating steve like a human being #recognizing something in steve that speaks to having a hard time adjusting to his situation #and bringing it up in a way that doesn’t put steve on the defensive or make it sound like something not perfectly normal #inviting him to a ptsd meeting without making it seem like he thinks steve needs therapy #or that therapy is something to be ashamed about needing #just so casual and so fucking cool #Sam will be your legs before you realize you can’t stand anymore #and he’ll never ever make that about him (via queenklu)

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Moonrise Kingdom

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I wouldn’t necessarily mind people not knowing I’m gay, but I don’t like being thought of as straight — in the same way that I don’t mind people not knowing I’m a writer, but it would be awkward if they assumed I was an extreme skateboarder, because that’s so far removed from the reality of my life. But there is no blank slate where orientation is concerned; we are straight until proven otherwise. And if you’ve never seen how dramatically a conversation can be derailed by a casual admission of homosexuality, let me tell you, it gets awkward.

The Major Olympians + their animals and/or symbols

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