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If someone were to tell you to write a 100-page script in one month, you’d probably think he or she is joking. But for the tens of thousands of people participating in Script Frenzy, this task is no joke. Script Frenzy is a free, international online event in which anyone and everyone in the world is invited to write 100 pages of an original script in just the month of April. Participants create an account on the Script Frenzy website and starting April 1st, they can update their page count and work till it climbs to 100.

Why would anyone surrender themselves to such a daunting task as furiously scribbling as much material as what normally takes months or even years? For the million dollar prize of course! Not. Script Frenzy, just like its partner NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), does not award cash prizes for the many people who complete the challenge of writing the 100-page script. Instead, prizes include “happiness. Creative juices. Pride. Laughter. Bragging rights. A brand-new script.” In addition to these wonderful prizes, the Script Frenzy website comes equipped with a forum for participants to share their thoughts and build a community of old and new screenwriters, playwrights, authors— just people searching for an adventurous month full of creativity.

This is the place where one can hold another’s hand in the effort to give birth to that 100-page creation all in one month’s time. What better way is there to get your story out than alongside ten thousand other struggling writers in the international Script Frenzy!

To participate, create a Script Frenzy account and begin writing!

It’s a new year.  While everyone else is working on maintaining their New Year’s Resolutions (and a great number have already fallen off the bandwagon), publishing companies are struggling to make sure they project themselves into the future.  As the publishing industry struggles and sales fall, the major companies are innovating new ways of selling books, and getting people to read them.

What are the industry’s predictions for this coming new year?

1. Rise of the e-book. E-book sales grew in 2010 as more and more indie authors started publishing their books electronically, and they will only continue to do so in the coming year. According to the publishing blog Galley Cat , e-books will account for 20% of book revenues. That seems like quite a hefty amount for what is still a relatively new phenomenon, but the increasing accessibility of e-books makes them all the more appealing. E-books are cheaper, are available through popular retailers such as Amazon, and can be read anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

-Mairuru

On Christmas, my brother handed me a pretty sizeable box. I unwrapped it to find more boxes and even more taped surfaces. “Oh no,” I said out loud, conscious of what I was in for. I tore the gift down anyway, layer by layer, one empty box after another, to finally get to a glass penguin no bigger than my thumb. I placed it upright on my palm and looked at it, and that’s when I discovered the secret to being cute:

You have to be tiny.

Everything seems more adorable miniaturized. Babies’ toes are just delightful. The adult version is, well, not so much. Ferocious creatures like lions, bears and dinosaurs are endearing when we imagine them to be just three inches high. Even the tiny robots in Transformers drew a couple of “aww”s from the audience (despite the fact that they were shooting at people).

Likewise, in writing, there seems to be a growing interest in shorter and shorter stories. We’ve always had novels, novellas, and short stories; we’re even able to compress our thoughts into pieces of flash fiction. But today, the expansion of the internet has allowed writers to have more control over their weblogs and web magazines, to make their pieces more widely read, reviving an interest in extremely short stories that would take web-surfers only a few hundred seconds to finish. Mostly known as micro-fiction (or tiny stories, tiny fiction, little stories, very short stories, and possibly even extremely-ultrally-superduperly-mega-short-stories) these pieces are usually just a couple hundred words, and they are definitely just delightful. Read the rest of this entry »

David, the mascot of the 2010 Festival
Sadly, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will not be held at UCLA, or at least not for the year of 2011. Instead, the Los Angeles Times and USC have negotiated and come to an agreement that USC will host the massive book fair that in the past has completely taken over the UCLA campus. The L.A. Times cites its move to USC as a means to become bigger and better.

The move to USC will supposedly allow more to experience at the festival as well as greater public access due to USC’s centrality and proximity to public transportation. The UCLA Newsroom stated that while UCLA is disappointed that the Festival of Books will be located elsewhere, it is not surprised. In negotiations, the Times wanted to increase profits and reduce costs which would require more subsidization on UCLA’s part, subsidization that UCLA cannot provide at this point in time.

For UCLA students, the move of the Festival of Books is a hard loss. The Festival of Books was a springtime tradition, a weekend for students to walk onto campus and instead of going to class or a club, to see a panel of their favorite author or to find some new exciting treasure to read. It was a weekend to forget about classes for the day and enjoy the pleasures of books without having to travel. The Festival of Books was like a literary circus coming into our very home. It will be sorely missed by the students.

The rows of books
As a second-year, I only had the chance to experience the fair once. My friends had told me about it and I was excited for its arrival. It exceeded my expectations. Rows upon rows of books covered the campus. As I walked around I could hear through speakers a famous celebrity like Sarah Silverman talking or I would happen across a poetry reading that would make me pause and reflect.  It’s unfortunate that the classes following mine will not get to share in this experience.

Even though it will be at USC, thirty minutes across town from UCLA, I will still consider attending the festival. I think many people will as well. USC and UCLA may be rivals, but when it comes to the literary world, we can put that aside for a good book.

The L. A. Times Festival of Books will be from April 30th to May 1st.