LitRecapper: The November Edition

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LitRecapper

I know what you're thinking- What the hell ever happened to that awesome LitRecapper column? I used to look forward to it ever so much.

Well, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, and it was already starting to get repetitive, so we've retooled it as a monthly. And what a month it's been. Let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?

  • We learned you guys can't seem to get enough of Top 10's or Lists. You've been showing them some seriously creepy love.
  • We gave you yet another free Chuck Palahniuk essay: Stocking Stuffers: 13 Writing Tips From Chuck Palahniuk (which just so happens to be a list).
  • We offered $10 off our six month membership for Cyber Monday. If you missed it, don't worry; I have it on good authority that there might be a similar type of holiday discount in the near future.
  • We interviewed Chuck Klosterman, Dennis Cooper, and Mark Richard; three very different, very awesome writers.
  • We reviewed new releases by some literary heavyweights, including Stephen King, The Swedish Stephen King, Don Delillo, and Haruki Murakami. Need some recommendations? Our review section is a good place to start.
  • November's Book Club selection was The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides. If you've read it, you've still got a week or so to get in on the conversation.
  • Our What The Hell Ever Happened To...? column brought you updates on two fantastic British authors long thought (figuratively) dead- Jeff Noon and Nick Walker. These are two writers you need to check out.
  • We survived yet another year of NaNoWriMo. Celebrate your succesful completion of that new novel by checking out all our NaNoWriMo related content. Because it's never too early to start thinking about next year.
  • Someone started a rather Salacious Sex Post in the forums. It started out about writing sex scenes, then veered off into sweet debauchery. Have at it, you pervs.
  • By the end of the month, jacks_username remained the only LitReactor to have earned the coveted Wordsmith achievement (damn, he's chatty), and the leaderboard was still dominated by the usual suspects, except for the awesomely named cowboywerewolf, who I've only just become aware of.
  • Our members continued to actively make the site their own. After starting up both the monthly Book Club and an unofficial LitReactor Chat Room, they took it upon themselves to institute a competitive writing challenge in the workshop called Beyond Thunderdome. Two stories enter, one story leaves. Got any other ideas on how to improve the site? Let us know in the LitReactor Needs... thread.

Coming in December:

  • We've got a new class starting up on December 2nd. Zen Mind Beginner's Fiction with your instructor, Mark Vanderpool. This is a good one for those of you who are just getting started and need a little direction.
  • An interview with the wiley and elusive author of Twilight (the good one), William Gay. Find out what the hell is taking his new book so long!
  • Columns on The wild west world of eBook only erotica, fictional psychopaths, and the Puerto Rican Peter Parker. We'll also have some book nerd shopping guides, some all new lists (god knows you love 'em), the triumphant return of Ed Sikov, more kick-ass craft columns, and the usual glut of news, reviews, and Dragon Tattoos.

As you can see, we're closing out the year in style. Thanks again to all our wonderful readers and writers. You are collectively the men (or the PC gender neutral equivalent.) Happy non-denominational Winter Solstice holiday celebration, everyone!

Joshua Chaplinsky

News by Joshua Chaplinsky

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He is the author of The Paradox Twins (CLASH Books), the story collection Whispers in the Ear of A Dreaming Ape, and the parody Kanye West—Reanimator. His short fiction has been published by Vice, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Thuglit, Severed Press, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Broken River Books, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @jaceycockrobin. More info at joshuachaplinsky.com and unravelingtheparadox.com.


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. December 4, 2011 - 11:39am

By the end of the month, jacks_username remained the only LitReactor to have earned the coveted Wordsmith achievement (damn, he's chatty)

 

This is how I reacted when I read this...

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 5, 2011 - 12:42am

And, I am still holding on to the only 5 star overall rating for Hardboiled Hell. Just wanted to boast a little. 

And here's how I feel about it...

 

Okay, done boasting now.

Thanks to all who read and reviewed.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine December 5, 2011 - 8:59am

Congrats. Those are exactly the kind of stats I look for when researching LitRecapper. I was just too lazy to comb through the workshop this time. Good addition.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 5, 2011 - 9:59am

Thanks Josh. Just felt like a little boasting.