Freaky Friday

Weird Week in Writing: The last audiobook you'd ever expect; Shakespeare crook goes to jail; the writer of Armageddon makes Salinger film

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt). Happy weekend! Celluloid Salinger: Keeping up with the general strangeness/awesomeness of the J.D. Salinger legacy, a new documentary about the author is on its way in September by …  the writer/co-writer of...

Weekend Writing Challenge: The Tweet That Changed Everything

Hi writers, Freaky Friday/The Weird Week in Writing series is taking a holiday this week because we’re headed out for our annual trip to WD’s clandestine brainstorming headquarters (read: the editor’s house) to strategize and plan the 2011 calendar of the magazine. Here’s to hoping you have an excellent weekend. And...

The Weird Week in Writing (plus a 4th of July prompt challenge): Harper Lee re-emerges, a novelist sells her first book at 82, and a writer pens the best worst line of the year

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed by a series of prompts): To feed a (mocking)bird: On the eve of the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, a journalist tracked down the awesome, reclusive Harper Lee to figure out why she’s been so...

The Weird Week in Writing: Neil Gaiman on today's vampires, Stephenie Meyer on being burned out (Plus a weekend writing prompt)

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt): The times, and the vampires, are changing: Picking up his Carnegie award, the awesome Neil Gaiman longed for the scary, wilier paranormals of old … … Versus Stephenie Meyer’s befanged vegetarians: And...

The Weird Week in Writing: Parents take Twilight to the next level, Tyra Banks banks on YA fantasy, and rejection letters amaze

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a weekend prompt): “Dracula” is too old fashioned: Twilight-inspired monikers top the latest list of the most popular baby names in America. Move over, Damon Wayans: Tyra Banks becomes the latest celebrity to score...

The Weird Week in Writing: Book trailer of the year, and what really happened when Picasso, Proust and James Joyce got together

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week: Victorian authors are rolling over—and rising from—their graves: From Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to Android Karenina, literary/horror mash-ups are thriving. Truffles, alcohol and awkwardness: The meeting of Picasso, Proust and James Joyce (from a larger piece on...

Freaky Friday: Your Recap of the Week in Weird Writing-World News

George Washington: every library’s worst nightmare. Being 221 years late on returning two tomes, the president has racked up some $4,577 in fines. Everyone’s favorite authorial supergroup has a new talent: Jennifer Weiner has joined The Rock Bottom Remainders. The group, “one of the world’s highest ratios of noise to talent,”...

WD Wants You: Write a Reckless Blitzen, an Angry Santa

Gorilla suits, zombies, The Universe popping up as a character and saying things like, “You’re getting too big for your fangs.” And that’s only one Friday. For a trip to the wonderful, fun and often enchantingly weird, check out my lunch buddy (and WD Online Community Editor) Brian A. Klems’ #StoryFriday...