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“The Simpsons” Meets YA Lit

The Simpsons, Season 23: Episode 6: “The Book Job”
(Watch it temporarily on Hulu here)

In this spoof of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, Homer, Bart, and a gang of Springfieldians plot to “gang-write” the next tween fantasy publishing sensation  so that they can strike it rich.  Featuring guest voices of Neil Gaiman and Andy Garcia, this episode layers laugh-out-loud YA lit references on top of the familiar heist setup from Hollywood.  In an all-too-real subplot, Lisa Simpson endeavors to write her own novel, but can’t get past the procrastination temptations of online word games and CD re-organization (NaNoWriMo much?)  This episode should be required viewing for anyone involved in YA lit who likes to laugh.  Two thumbs up!

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Homer: (After finishing writing the book) I just hope we put in enough steampunk…whatever that is.


Na No Wri Mo!

So, it’s almost November, and we all know what that means…. National Novel Writing Month.  I found out about this about 18 months ago, but last November I was travelling in Europe and home again, so I passed on the opportunity.

If you like writing, and have time to pen a couple thousand words a day, you can be a winner!  Many people who participate have full-time jobs and kids and all sorts of busy things going on.  Hmmm maybe I can do it this year, but I don’t know if I have enough creativity to write a 50,000-word novel (The Great Gatsby was about that length, I believe…the minimum for NaNoWriMo).

For more information, or to accept the challenge, click here.  Good luck!