Drama bores Lemon.

Also, please note that her habit of sleeping on a pillow with a cat on it makes her SUPER-META.

I always think it's impossible for her to be more obnoxious, but then she goes and outdoes herself.

Morning links: The author-as-stalker edition, part two.

  • Kathleen Hale, on the pushback about her essay: "“This came with its fair share of [criticism] from people who didn’t read the piece and have little-to-no understanding of journalism,” she said. “So that was hard, but I’m getting used to feedback of all kinds.”" Silly me. I always thought 'journalism' was supposed to involve information based on actual, available evidence. Not essays that rely entirely on believing the word of a narrator who is entirely unreliable. 
  • Alex Hurst: Hale vs. Harris, and the breach of online ethics. If you are at all interested in the lead-up to Hale's essay, Hurst seems to have found everything that's still out there, and provided screencaps, along with extensive commentary.
  • Liz Burns: Yes, I Am Afraid. "Trust me: on a scale of 1 to 10, it was probably a 2 at most. No threats; nothing like that. Rather, it was about making me aware that a person could reach through my public online persona to my real life world. That I was vulnerable. Even for something that low on the scale, knowing it's that low on the scale of what happens to others, I'm afraid. I'm afraid that it will start up again, from writing this post."
  • Laura Miller: Battle of the trolls: Kathleen Hale reveals the war raging between authors and readers. "There’s a long history of aggressive author responses to negative reviews. Before the advent of social media, for example, the novelist Richard Ford was notorious for spitting on one reviewer who’d panned his book and for mailing another reviewer a copy of her own book into which he’d fired several bullets. The latter victim, Alice Hoffman, is a novelist herself. Hoffman in turn lost it when a critic reviewed one of her novels tepidly and posted the reviewer’s home telephone number to Twitter, urging her fans to call up and complain." WORST. HEADLINE. EVER.
  • BookEnds Literary Agency: The Power of Reviews and Kathleen Hale Continued... "The thing about free speech, and writing, is that no matter how much we love what we do, putting ourselves out there, through our writing, as authors, as bloggers, as reviewers, is terrifying. It is terrifying to wait and see what people say. It should never be terrifying enough that we fear for ourselves or those around us."
  • Dear Author: Poisoning the Well. "It’s clear to me that unreasonable people cannot be reasoned with, that no one who justifies the victimization of others would ever think it’s okay if it happened to them. Logic won’t prevail here, and calls for human decency and accountability continue to go unanswered."
  • Laura Ruby: "Catfishing" the Catfish: Writing, Stalking, and Wanting to be Heard. "The only time I ever responded to a negative review was on a blog some eight or nine years ago. I was polite and basically recommended a book I thought this blogger would like better, but I still regret doing it. (I might as well have posted “ME!” or “I EXIST!” when that wasn’t the point at all)."

Previously: Morning links: The author-as-stalker edition.

Related: Every Breath You Take: 4 Stalkers in YA.

Every Breath You Take: Four Stalkers in YA.

BECAUSE WHILE READING FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNTS OF REAL-LIFE STALKERS IS HORRIFYING AND SCARY (unless you happen to find said accounts charming and self-deprecating and hilarious, which some people apparently do), READING ABOUT FICTIONAL STALKERS CAN BE FUN!

Made for You, by Melissa Marr

Girl wakes up in the hospital after a hit-and-run, and shortly thereafter realizes she's developed the rather unnerving ability to foresee the death of anyone she touches. She proceeds to use that ability to figure out the identity of her murderous stalker.

Hysteria, by Megan Miranda

After killing her boyfriend—in what may have been self-defense, but could have been murder—Mallory gets packed off to a boarding school, where someone promptly starts stalking her... but it isn't clear if the stalker is human, ghost, or JUST IN HER HEAD.

The Missing Girl, by Norma Fox Mazer

Five sisters... and the man who watches them, debating and dreaming about which one he'll eventually possess. I've actually been avoiding this one for a while because HELLO, DISTURBING, but maybe it's finally time.

Stay, by Deb Caletti:

Like many of Deb Caletti's recent heroines, Clara is bright and very, very mature for her age—at times, she sounds a good twenty years older than she actually is—but, as usual, the storyline, romance and characters are all engrossing enough that I easily gave her a pass. Her relationship with her father is good—things aren't remotely smarmypants-perfect between them, but there's never any doubt that they always have each other's back—and while the romance made me stretch my Disbelief Suspension muscle (Finn is the most well-adjusted, likable, issue-free, protective-without-being-overbearing, AWESOME family-having, open and honest EXACTLY WHO SHE NEEDS guy that you could imagine)—it's a purely comfortable, enjoyable read.

Other than the Pretty Little Liars books and this one (which trivializes the behavior, so I'm not counting), I'm not finding much of anything about FEMALE stalkers (although, then again, without having read the Marr or the Miranda, I don't know either stalker's identity, so maybe?). Do you know of any?


The finalists for the 2014 High Plains Book Award...

...have been announced.

The YA contenders are:

Black Helicopters, by Blythe Woolston

The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate, by Marty Chan

The Throne, by Beth Goobie

Click on through for the others!

Infographic: Literary United States.

Illustration by Sarah Lutkenhaus; click on through to Brooklyn Magazine for annotations.