Last week I posted a piece about, Patrick McLaw, the 23-year-old teacher whose rights were blatantly violated for writing a novella about a school terrorist attack nine hundred years in the future. Now 16-year-old Alex Stone has been arrested and suspended from school for writing a fictional story about killing a dinosaur with a gun. I wish the school officials who enforce their Zero Tolerance policies with such zeal would show the same determination in stopping bullying in schools, which is a far more prevalent and destructive activity.
On a more positive note, Penny Sansevieri, author and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, has written a piece for The Huffington Post titled Why (Some) Authors Fail, a very frank discussion of what to do and not to do if you want to succeed in the publishing industry.
And let's end off with some fun stuff. Check out List25's 25 Creepiest Places on Earth. The ones I want to see are Beelitz Military Hospital (#22), Takakonuma Park (#24), and of course Pripyat (#20) and Sighisoara (#17).