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red dashboard of old car

~ photo by Todd Klassy

Another weekend, another chance for a Weekend Road Trip around the blogosphere! And, as always, the snacks are just as important as where we stop, so since it’s also Girl Scout cookie time, I’ve bought a few boxes to take along for the ride. Let’s head out:

This week, YA author Maureen Johnson was stirring things up with her article in The Guardian, “Let J.K. Rowling’s Magic Dispel Prejudice About Her ‘Proper Adult Novel’ “. As a writer and avid reader of YA fiction, I greatly appreciated Maureen’s defense of the genre. I have never understood why anyone would feel the need to put down another person’s reading preferences by debasing them as “less than”. And as far as J.K. Rowling’s new book goes, I agree with Maureen: let it stand on its own and be judged for its own merit. What do you think?

(Speaking of Maureen and J.K. Rowling, have you read Maureen’s blog post where J.K. “reveals” to her that there is a fifth house at Hogwarts in addition to Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin? Hilarious!)

I just loved The Wordplayer’s Manifesto from K.M. Weiland. I plan to print it out and pin it to my bulletin board. Hear that, world? I am a writer. Hear me create! (and type and think and type some more and think some more…)

Kirsten Hubbard, YA author and travel writer, takes us on the same Central American journey that her main character goes on in her new, soon-to-be-released book, Wanderlove. Check out the gorgeous photos she’s posted on her blog of the locations that inspired her book. I’m definitely placing Wanderlove on my ever-growing To-Be-Read list.

And in a post about appreciating this journey called life, Sara Walpert Foster reminds all of us that “If we spend our time worrying about what we no longer are or what we might become, we miss out on who we are and how much there is to learn each day.”

Thanks for joining me on another Weekend Road Trip and for (mostly) sharing the Girl Scout cookies. Share your thoughts, opinions or your favorite Girl Scout cookie below. I’d love to hear from you!