And, finally, with regards to my #MSWL, as I prepare to re-open to queries: "The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention." I love, love stories that capture this in terms of iconic, strong 1st person voices; observation.
Another lovely quote, from Flannery O'Connor: "Conviction without experience makes for harshness." #MSWL I'd love to find non-fiction that struggles deeply to internalize people's experiences before it comments on it--to do deeply ethnographic work, so as to prevent judgement.
I love this quote from Flannery O'Connor: "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." I love, love, love stories that show what is true to people's lives + people's experiences. #MSWL Send me the next SULA or the next THE BRIEF, WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO!
WeronikaJanczuk @WeronikaJanczukFor any of you who are looking to explore + wrap your minds around reflections on the structure of reality, + the way Reality informs imagination, I encourage so deeply the captivating world in @maxgladstone's THREE PARTS DEAD, the first of his Craft Sequence. (4/4)
(As I plan to re-open to queries on 05/01--#MSWL--I'll definitely be looking for fantasy & sci-fi with super distinct voices that draws on, reflects on/contemplates, and comments on reality; fiction manifests our lives, our imaginations, + I love encountering people through it.)
Lane @lanewriteswordsSo what if we took that Sarah Dessen/Jenny Han fluffy cheerful aesthetic and made the characters Black and just had a whole genre that was joyful Black kids? Black teen beach reads. Something for the summer, something to dance to.
This is a major #MSWL vibe.
Nat'l Cowboy Museum @ncwhmThese are Tad Lucas’ white angora woolly women's chaps built by Blake Miller Saddlery. She was a champion bronc rider, relay racer, trick rider and popularized chaps as a rodeo fashion element for female contenders in early 1920s. Who wants a pair? #HashtagTheCowboy Thanks, Tim pic.twitter.com/maEWoN2UOn
Three things right now:
1. Clinical books about how we can heal ourselves during this difficult time.
2. Books that offer a world of escapism such as fantasy and science fiction, etc.
3. Lighthearted and humorous books to lighten the mood.
Okay guys, I've been obsessed with #KnivesOut and I'd love to get a YA in a similar vein. I'm thinking more of the fun vibe than super suspenseful mystery. And because I am a trash shipper I'd love maybe some Marta/Ransom vibes with the characters. #MSWL
Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburnThe boyfriend & I have gone down a YouTube rabbit hole of Fountains of Wayne videos that segued into Mazzy Star & then REM vids & now we are weeping.
On that note, I am very much not a fan of romance or mushy books, but if someone could write an angsty, romantic YA that captures the swoony ‘90s energy of “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star, well... that person should send it to me. #MSWL
I'd love to see more nonfiction with a strong platform that is not memoir. I love quirky/hidden histories with a really compelling hook, biographies of people who haven't gotten enough attention, or even a novel take on creating a better economic system. #mswl