February 12th, 2010

What a decade it's been for Rick Riordan

I've known Rick Riordan for a little over a decade. When I first met him, he was a high school teacher who wrote mysteries on the side. He started out in paperback originals and then made the jump to hardcover, a huge feat that not many folks have managed to pull off. (The only other writer I can think of offhand who has done it Laura Lippman.)

Still, his success was still modest. Rick was nowhere near a household name. I remember going to hear him and Sue Henry read at Murder by the Book, and there were about 10 folks total in the audience.

And then he started making up stories for his kid. Read more about how Rick started the Percy Jackson series here.

I still have Rick's email, but I haven't emailed him in at least four years. I would feel funny using it. I would imagine his life is on a whole different plane now.



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A place to point teens who like to write

HarperTeen has launched Inkpop, described as “an interactive writing platform and community for teenagers.”

Of course, there’s an upside for Harper. “As with all of our online consumer programs, the concept of community-building is aligned with our ongoing corporate digital marketing efforts to cultivate a two-way dialogue with our readers,” said Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, in a statement. “Inkpop provides us with an interactive platform to engage directly with our audience, encourage a passion for writing, and discover new trends and opportunities in this growing and important community.”
An editorial board of Harper editors will review the top five member selections each month, offering feedback on their work as well as, potentially, the possibility of publication.

If you know of a teen who likes to write, it might be worth checking out, at Inkpop.com.



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All in the name of science

I should be helping my character get out of her jam (on the run, doesn't know who she is, people want to kill her), but of course I find myself looking up pernicious anemia on the Internet instead. My grandfather had it. And I read this: "Dr. William Bosworth Castle performed an experiment whereby he ingested raw hamburger meat and regurgitated it after an hour and subsequently fed it to a group of ten patients. A control group were fed un-treated raw hamburger meat. The former group showed a disease response whereas the latter group did not. This was not a sustainable practice but it demonstrated the existence of an 'intrinsic factor' from gastric juice."

Now that is sacrificing for science!



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