The weekly web ramble (9/16)

Links from the web jungle


– Quentin Blake takes us on a tour of Roald Dahl‘s writing shed

Oxford Dictionaries on the swishwifflingly scrumdiddlyumptious language of Roald Dahl

– Once again YA controversy hit the web this week: it began when Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith discussed their dismay at being told by an agent to straighten out a gay character in their YA novel

– Then literary agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe revealed she was the above mentioned agent, and  contradicted Brown and Smith’s account of what happened

– Rachel Manija Brown then posted a response


Cat Hellisen takes a look at her own complicity in the lack of gay characters in YA

Malinda Lo answers the question: how hard it is to sell an LGBT YA novel?

Kelli Stanley on the women behind Miranda Corbie

Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier co-conspired to write a vampire novel – Sarah explains how it all came about  and Justine shares the joys and pains of co-writing 


– Read an excerpt from Dead Mann Walking by Stefan Petrucha

– Check out an excerpt from All Men of Genius by Lev A.C. Rosen 

– Read the first two chapters of Matched by Ally Condie

– Check out an excerpt of Fateful by Claudia Grey