Some much-needed inspiration this week:

Shoshana Flax gives great tips on writing humor for middle grade readers in this guest post on Anna Staniszewski’s blog.

From the Mixed Up Files has a list of May middle grade releases and it’s going to be a huge month. Penderwicks, Gail Carson Levine, Jacob Wonderbar, oh my!

Important words on practice, perseverance, and taste via Janet Reid.

There’s a very important Link of Awesome this week: Guys Lit Wire is holding their annual book fair, this year to benefit Ballou Senior High School in Washington D.C. Please please please click through and donate.