Genre map [infographic]

Useful and, for me, timely

Crafter Librarian

I came across this genre map on Pinterest and think it’s really handy.  I had no idea there were so many subgenres.  YA may need a genre map all its own!

I had to track down the original creator – Book Country – using a Google images search.  If you’re creating an infographic, don’t forget to put your name on it!


PS It looks as though the original location of this infographic no longer exists on Book Country, but it has been replaced by a very fun interactive genre map (including YA), complete with recommended books and related discussion forums.

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#IWSG November: Has being creative changed you?

Angela Wooldridge

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to share our hopes, dreams and fears with the Insecure Writers Support Group, the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and this month’s hosts are; Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor,Ann V. Friend,JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman!

Do stop by and say hello to them!

This month’s optional question is: How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?

I’m more inclined to break the rules!

I’ll encourage people (and myself), to think outside the box; just because your solution isn’t the expected one, doesn’t mean it isn’t right too.

I’m less tidy and my mind is a messier place than it used to be!

I’m more inclined to jump in and try something (although that doesn’t extent to jumping out of planes – even in an emergency I’d probably be the…

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CAMHS and MHS Support Group Update

Katyboo1's Weblog

I created the group I was talking about in my last post.  It’s for everyone who is in need of support while looking after someone going through either CAMHS or adult mental health services.

If you would like to join the group, you can search CAMHS and Mental Health Services Support Group on Facebook, or access the link here.

I don’t believe in a lot of rules. There are enough things to remember every day without that. I do however, believe in kindness.  So that’s the watchword if you’d like to join.

Everyone’s experience is unique to them. Everyone deserves to be listened to. Everyone in the group is as important as everyone else.  I have made it a group rather than a page, so that we can, hopefully, form a proper community.

At the moment there are only two or three of us posting and commenting. That’s not…

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Radial Bloom

I need to find out if a copy of Radial Bloom by Amy Ratto Parks might find a way to travel across land, sea, and air to a tiny patch of England…

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prose poetry by Amy Ratto Parks
82 pages, 5×7 paperback

front and back covers of Radial Bloom Click to purchase the Sustainable Edition from our shop

  • ISBN 978-1-61019-239-2 Sustainable Edition: print $16
    limited to 150 copies
    launches 20 September 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-61019-114-2 Global Edition: print $12
    forthcoming Winter 2018/2019

Our 2018 Mosaic Novel, this book contains a series of prose poems that spins the tale of a woman haunted by the unloosening tendrils of need and the man she braids from them.


portrait of Amy Ratto ParksAmy Ratto Parks is the author of How to Remember the World (forthcoming, fall 2018), Song of Days, Torn and Mended, and Bread and Water Body, winner of the Merriam Frontier Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, Interim, Mikrokosmos, The Mississippi Review, Court Green, and

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Nice Things

Katy was my first favourite blogger. Always will be.

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I’ve been meaning to write a cheery blog post ever since I got back from my weekend away in Wales, and now here we are with nearly a week gone by, and no cheer.  That needs to be rectified, so it is definitely a case of better late than never.

My weekend away was blissful. Absolutely blissful.  We hit the road on Friday afternoon just as traffic was starting to build. As we were in no particular rush, we set the sat nav to ‘highways and byways’ and pootled along lanes, through villages with bizarre names and countryside straight out of a picture book. It was rather like driving out of the 21st century into medieval England. The late afternoon light, the laden orchards, the trees turning out their Autumn splendour made it just perfect, and we were already feeling holidayish by the time we arrived.

We stayed in a…

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So, MIF, It’s Like This…

I am writing, today.  Honestly.  I’m just getting over a triple cluster hemiplegic migraine. It’s good to feel it fading at last. Beginning to feel human again.  Trouble is, this type of migraine robs me of language, sight, and feeling in some of my limbs – this time it affected my ability to walk. It presents as a stroke. The pain is [insert word that equates to ‘please let me die now’].

Here we are, five days after the first of the cluster struck me down with the force of Thor’s Hammer.  Notebook just there,

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in which I’ve sketched out a couple of scenes that may or may not appear in the final draft. Quite like the urgency in one of them. I enjoy thinking straight onto paper.

Lots of love

Lita xxx

Surprise Appendectomy!

Experiencing physical pain can help our writing!

Sly Twin Tiger

Usually, on Fridays i post Fridays Findings. But yesterday I had to go the hospital because I was in pain. I thought I was having severe indigestion or something worse but it ended up being my appendix. So, I’m sitting in the recovery room feeling much better now that it’s out of my body.

Yes it’s an annoying situation, but all experiences are valuable to the writer. For example, if my character is having problems with his or her appendix, I’ll know better how to describe the pain.

So just remember: every experience, whether good or bad, is fodder for the writer.

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