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

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Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of
writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt):

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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 speaking of them, Meyer says she’s burned out on vamps. (Next week’s Freaky Friday: Little, Brown announces furloughs?)

Krakens, Minotaurs and Elves, oh my: Beyond vampires, The HuffPo brainstorms nine potential teen-lit subjects.

Of Mice and (Thrifty?) Men:
At an auction of modern literary master John Steinbeck’s writerly goods—correspondence, manuscripts, and so on—bidding underwhelmed, with items falling below estimates or failing to sell.

Has Superman lost touch with the common man?
The hero is going to walk across America and mingle with the people he protects—and DC Comics is offering readers a chance to lobby for the Man of Steel to drop by their towns.

Breaking Bukowski: An addiction expert says alcohol and other substances don’t actually enhance creativity—and, in fact, they derail it.

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