57: Non Fiction critique up to 3000 words by Diane Shipley + copies of FILLED WITH GLEE, A TASTE OF TRUE BLOOD, and HOUSE, UNAUTHORIZED

ITEM: Three anthologies of intelligent pop culture essays from SmartPop Books: Filled With Glee, which includes Diane’s essay, “Not Just A River in Egypt” (plus contributions from Jennifer Crusie, Bev Katz Rosenbaum, and other great writers) and copies of A Taste of True Blood and House, Unauthorized, generously donated by the publisher. (Posted worldwide.)

Plus Diane will provide an in-depth written critique of your own pop culture essay/first-person piece/article pitch/blog post, or any other piece of non-academic, non-fiction writing up to three thousand words. (You can choose to gift this to someone else if you’re not a writer, or don’t need a critique.)


Filled With Glee: An Unauthorized Glee Companion: Is Sue is the true driving force behind Glee? Who is the real alpha male in New Directions? Why do we really keep coming back to Glee week after week? From its quirky character insights to its inspirational, funny, and touching stories from fellow gleeks, Filled with Glee is the perfect companion for the fan who can’t get enough Glee. [And it’s all based on season 1, before things got crappy! — Diane.]

A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger’s Guide: True Blood, Alan Ball’s critically acclaimed television adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ bestselling Southern Vampire mysteries, has successfully glamoured millions of viewers and brought vampire-lovers everywhere out of the coffin. With smart and quirky pieces on a range of tasty topics, A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger’s Guide gives you something to savor between episodes—and whets your appetite for more.

House, Unauthorised: Vasculitis, Clinic Duty, and Bad Bedside Manner The entire cast of the show is on the exam table: Wilson, Cuddy, Foreman, Cameron, Chase and particularly the cantankerous, but brilliant Dr. House. What makes House tick? Why did he really hire Foreman, Cameron and Chase (and why is it so easy to believe he’s actually subjecting them to some sort of bizarre psychological testing)? What would House be like as a heating and plumbing repairman? And why doesn’t Wilson just stop talking to him already?

BIO: Diane Shipley has been published in books, magazines, newspapers and on the web, in places like The Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Mental Health Today, Zest, and Prima. She was Woman’s Weekly’s tech “Ask The Expert” for three years and has blogged for The Guardian, AOL, and Picador books. A Guardian editor once tweeted that her journalism advice was “brilliant”.