The weekly web ramble (7/8)

Links from the web jungle


– The cast and crew behind the films reflect on their 10 years of making Harry Potter

– Agent Jill Cocoran rounds up all her posts on the the hows and whys of getting published

– A lovely open letter from a Pixar animator to aspiring artists

– Because her fans asked, Ilona Andrews unearthed a link to an old post of hers that answered the question: “How many fantasy characters does it take to change a light bulb?”


–  Seanan McGuire and Devon Monk on genre (via Babel Clash) 

Kim Harrison on how Ivy and Rachel first met

Elizabeth Moon on thinking like a villain

– Meghan Cox Curdon, author of the infamous WSJ article on how YA is too dark, took to the airwaves to defend her position, squaring off against Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle in separate interviews

– And Scott Westerfeld reminds us that all this YA alarmism doesn’t help the parents


– Check out an excerpt from Y.S. Lee‘s upcoming Agency novel, The Traitor and the Tunnel

– You can read an  excerpt from Dead Iron, Devon Monk‘s new steampunk novel

– Check out an excerpt from Rule 34 by Charles Stross

– Read an excerpt from Spectyr by Philippa Ballantine