catching fire, writing odds and ends…necessarily in that order

Whew! That was a long title, my goodness. Let me take a breath…


catching fire


On my fifteen last Friday I mentioned that I read Catching Fire. That wasn’t a lie. I did, and I loved it. It left me hanging more than The Hunger Games did, so now I’m angry  with Suzanne Collins until the next book comes out. BTW, READ THIS BOOK. But make sure you read The Hunger Games first, of course.

writing stuff

This is really cool – MIT’s (that’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology) FREE online writing course. No grades, but you get the syllabus, assignments and course materials (downloadable).

This is where I got that link. There are also free courses offered by Purdue University, UCLA, and the University of Utah to name a handful (minus two fingers).

I learned a lot about writing this weekend thanks to my pal Jenny Martin. She is the librarian who guest blogged for me last week, remember? I learned that one of those courses mentioned above would be a great idea for me. Passive voice, who knew! (It seems like everyone I know knew. ugh.) Also, this one space between sentences is going to take some getting used to. It was the only thing that stuck from 7th grade typing class.  There!  I did it again. oy.

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8 Responses to “catching fire, writing odds and ends…necessarily in that order”

  1. Sharla Says:

    Thanks for educating me on the single space rule. I fear it will be a hard habit to break, but I’m willing to give it a go. Thinking of you always…

  2. jmartinlibrarian Says:

    In all fairness, I must say I learned the one space rule from our very own Patron Saint of Aspiring Writer, @inkyelbows. She twitters great info on the craft. One of her posts addressed this very topic.

    Jen, glad to pass along the info. We’re all in this together. We’re all on the road, learning together. ;)

  3. Jen Says:

    @inkyelbows is awesomeness personified. Her cartoons are so clever. Her blog (which is so much more than just a blog) is here: for anyone who is interested.

  4. Jen Says:

    Sharla–I’m really surprised that you didn’t already know this!!! ;)

  5. Coy A. Lothrop Says:

    Wow, thanks for the links and resources – even in the comments. The ‘one space’ rule will be hard to break for sure.

    ~had to edit my comment for that rule. sheesh.

  6. Jen Says:

    I’m glad my comments are useful to you. I’ve been thinking about your screenplay. It looked so”typewritery”. Did you use a typewriter and scan it? I liked the look of it A LOT! :)

  7. Sharla Says:

    Finally read both Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Even considering my very limited “reading for pleasure” time I managed to get them both read this past week (school can wait…right?). LOVED THEM BOTH!!!!!!!! Thanks for the suggestion. I even got my mother-in-law to read them and she loved them, too. We can’t wait for #3…do you know when it will be out?

  8. admin Says:

    Late summer, early fall of this year! Can’t wait!! I even got my 13 year old reading it, and that is a feat. :)

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