My name is Alyssa Brugman and I am going to be your resident blogger for the month of February. I have been really looking forward to this because I want to hear from YOU! Readers! Most writers don’t get to have a conversation with readers about what THEY think, so I hope you will speak up and tell me exactly what your opinions are.
Beautiful Creatures is being released Valentine's Day for the whole world.... except Australia. We're going to have to wait until the 21st of February.
Here's a few new clips to tie you over.
An updated trailer.
aaaand the K-I-S-S-I-N-G clip.
May they kiss in peace, amen.
Does anyone else feel a little overwhelmed, but a lot excited by this year's line up of movies?
It's the year of the YA adaptions! Including, by the end of the year (21 November cannot come quickly enough!), the next Hunger Games instalment!
As Dr Seuss, the wisest of all wise men, once said:
The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go.
As well as going into a good book, I also love going to the park. And just like books can tell a story from a different perspective to your own, this video shows you how the world looks from my point of view:
Ready for another Best of from 2012?
Today's retrospective looks back at Writers-in-Residence Kirsty Eagar and Gabrielle Wang, and how they use music to fuel their writing.
No, this isn't an instructional post about how to set fire to things. It's part 2 of... <insert Oprah voice> The Huuuun-ger Gaaaaames!
Have you seen the sneak-peek photos of Catching Fire? (You can click the images to view the full size.)
There's Finnick and Katniss, looking all photoshopped...
Even if you're young and can still remember stuff, there's a whole lotta history out there you may not know about. Writers-in-Residence Kelly Gardiner, Michelle Cooper, and Paul Dowswell love history. And they make it interesting!
Kelly knows all about pirates. Yup, you read that right. PIRATES.
A lot of what we think we know about pirates is made up - by novelists. ....The truth is - as can often be the case - stranger than fiction.
Many of the pirates in fiction are based on real people whose crimes were well-known during their lifetimes. One of the most famous was Blackbeard, an Englishman who used to scare the living daylights out of everyone - even his crew. He tried very hard to scare people, even putting fuses (you know those strings you use to light a cannon?) into his hair and setting them alight so it looked like he was on fire. Freaky.