Reposting from Tumblr, because it’s worth it. “A little boy… sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.” — from Maurice Sendak’s 2011 interview with Terry Gross. [Fresh Air via @LettersOfNote]
I’m sort of co-opting an Ask An Editor question for this post, but in going through my electronic stack of queries, I’m finding certain trends or plot devices that keep repeating. So this isn’t so much an answer to “what’s the hot new trend?” but a cautionary tale against writing something that relies only a certain possibly overdone plot device.