Showing posts from November, 2015

My December reading list...

A little adult, a little YA, a little inspiration... What pages are you turning as we begin the holiday season?

Has the world just changed?

I was welcomed home from an amazing SCBWI writing retreat by this adorable pooch...and a 48-hour, internet-free power outage. Thus the delay in this post. Well, one delay. The bigger one was the world turning upside down. Terrorism, grief, a world filled with pointing fingers and people crossing their arms against compassion--and people showing immense love and compassion. And I sit here, now shame-faced for complaining about my two days without a dishwasher. I've written and deleted several blog posts today. I've been thinking about the kind of diversity we are privileged to be able to demand in the publishing industry...of how our perception of the events of Wikileaks may change now...of the disturbing array of reality-star-style individuals who make up the sad majority of our options for president in next year's election...of my friends in the military and their children and what this terrorism may mean for their families...of my own sons and the world into which I b

Coming up on November 14: Second Saturdays FREE Writing Workshop in Woodinville!

WHAT MAKES A GREAT MAIN CHARACTER? SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Woodinville Library,  17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville, WA The next class in this FREE series of writing workshops  will be taught by the amazing SARA NICKERSON In this intense, focused workshop open to writers in grades 7 to adult, Sara will discuss  backstory, likeability, and the intersection between plot and character. Bring paper & pencil, some pages of your work-in-progress, or just the most amazing character name you can invent!  REGISTRATION  is preferred but not required (though clicking the registration link will also lead you to more details). Sara is a thoughtful, intelligent and highly supportive teacher--a not to be missed class!

Writing Craft: The Trouble with Cell Phones & YA Literature

I just watched a CNN documentary called "Being 13: Inside the Secret World of Teens." Short form: Kids use their phones too much and often unwisely. While my first thought was that social media could not be ALL THAT BEING 13 was about, my second though was, WHOA. Could social media be playing such a massive part it the world of MANY TEENS that this is the sum-total of the not-all-that-scientific CNN report? I have heard mystery and horror authors comment on the challenges of writing thriller-style plots in the age of the CELL PHONE. I mean, how many times can a battery die or a teen find him/herself on a wi-fi-free island? But, I think this is only the tip of the iceberg. An anecdote: As an alumni interviewer for my undergraduate school, I am given a roster of teens and told that they should make first contact with me (instead of my tracking them down). Their first method is almost always email--I was astonished when one kid actually phoned me. Thinking about this, I
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