LitRecapper: Week One
Well, week one has come and gone, and from what I hear, the higher-ups at LitReactor couldn't be happier. We had a great launch and it's all thanks to you, the rabid readers and the literary enthused. The discussion board is bustling with activity, there's been a steady stream of comments on our magazine content, and we handed out over 1500 achievements thus far. Workshoppers are digging in, reading and reviewing stories like it's going out of style. Things have definitely exceeded our expectations.
For those of you just joining us, here's a rundown of what you missed, to help you catch up to the rest of the class.
- We published a number of "hard hitting" news stories related to the world of words, which included reportage on the death of Steve Jobs, the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Occupy Wall Street, Barnes and Noble business blunders, saving the St. Mark's Bookshop, Stephen King's The Shining Sequel, and more. Click the NEWS tab in our Magazine section for the full list.
- We held our first ever contest called Show Us Your Shelves, in which readers were asked to photograph their bookshelves. Congratulations to @otaku75, @dance_reader, and Bill Crider for taking home the gold! They each earned a free Workshop membership to the site.
- We published our first interview, with Winter's Bone author Daniel Woodrell, where he spills details on his next novel, The Maid's Version.
- We published reviews of Margaret Atwood's sci-fi criticism/memoir, In Other Worlds, and Snuff, the latest (39th) Discworld novel from Terry Pratchett. (That Atwood review contains a juicy tidbit about a new companion book to fan favorite, Oryx and Crake.)
- We published a ton of columns, covering everything from the craft of writing to the so-called death of the industry to ePublishing to DCs New 52 relaunch. We got a brand new craft piece from the ever-prolific Stephen Graham Jones on the usage of OK, as well as a classic essay from Craig Clevenger entitled, The Devil in the Details. But things aren't all fun and grammar around here. The two posts that generated the most comments were The Top 10 Sci-fi Books That Should Be Box Office Blockbusters and Cavalcade of Literary Jerks Part 1. It's not too late to get in on the conversation, so head over there and let your opinion be known!
Wow, that's a ton of shit. How can they top that, you ask? Well, don't let Dennis know I told you, but in addition to more great columns and a batch of new reviews of some really big releases, you'll get an exclusive inside look at Chuck Palahniuk and friend's ongoing writer's workshop, where Chuck still test drives all of his new material. This is something no outsider has ever been privy to. It's like when Alfred let Vicki Vale inside the Batcave.
Until then, keep those comments coming. See you next week!
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