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VIDEO: Scott Westerfeld on an Airship

I feel like a lot of people missed out on Scott Westerfeld's excellent novel, LEVIATHAN. It's an alternate history version of World War I in which the Germans have developed giant armored war machines and the British have found a way to reconstruct animal DNA in order to create battle-ready animal-vehicle hybrids.

In this video, Westerfeld takes you with him on his trip to learn more about the real-life airships that inspired the ones in his novel.

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NaNoWriMo Advice from Scott Westerfeld

11/12/2014 For those of you still keeping up with your daily writing, congratulations. While I've been successful with NaNoWriMo in the past, this year is definitely not my year.

For those of you who have only come across finished drafts of novels, this blog post from YA author Scott Westerfeld will give you a small glimpse into what it's like to write your very first draft. It's an ugly, ugly thing.

When we pick up novels from a store, we're looking at polished, shimmering products. But if you take a look at how much work goes into making that happen...well, it's a long, dark process.

BONUS POST: Ad for AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld has a new novel coming out. I love his writing (UGLIES, PEEPS, SO YESTERDAY) and I can't wait to see what this new tale is going to be. Check out this semi-sort-of-trailer for it.

WARNING: Contains John Green, James Dashner, Holly Black, and Gayle Forman, among others.

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