That subject line is mostly a joke because I happen to think children are immensely deep thinkers especially when they're unsupervised (literally and metaphorically) and that should be encouraged. but in my head, there's a sign, and this is the deep part of the pool, and I'm witty. Clearly, an alternate universe. YA Confidential posted a … Continue reading Caution: Deep Thoughts. No Unsupervised Children.
It's Road Trip Wednesday Time with YA Highway again!This time, the question is What is the best book you read in June?This question isn't fair. I've read a LOT of books in June and a lot of them were REALLY good. I think my top five were: Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff; Someday This Pain Will Be … Continue reading Best Book of June
Courtesy of the ladies (and possibly gents? I just discovered them, I don't know!) at The Broke and the Bookish, I'm participating in their blogthingy (I'm eloquent today, no?) Ten Characters That Remind Me of Me Or of someone else. That second one is trickier. I'd rather admit things about myself than admit that characters remind … Continue reading Ten Characters That Reminds Me of Me
This may or may not be writing related. i don't plan blog posts, just like I can barely plan a story. I'm a pantser!I foster cats for the Philadelphia city shelter. Since I've started fostering in June 2010, I've fostered over 80 cats and kittens, and I've started "specializing" in behavior cases or major medical … Continue reading On Cats Being Like Book Ideas
I have a piece of paper titled "Story Ideas" where I write down those random one liners or story starts that I don't know what to do with yet. I've also put stickers on there because I keep finding stickers or other scraps of paper that seem important. It looks like a collage at this … Continue reading On War, Kittens, and Writing Boys
In preparation for our Bookmobile discussion of Kody Keplinger's A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE, This Week's Topic Is: How did you spend/how will you spend the summer after graduation?Summer after High School Graduation: I went on a trip from London north through Scotland to the Orkney Islands with my cousins Emma and Sophie. It was absolutely awesome, I fell in … Continue reading YA Highway: Road Trip Wednesday!
If you haven't heard of Trish Doller's SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL, you need to go buy and read it. RIGHT NOW.Seriously. I'm no good at reviews so I'll just say a blurb:SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL is the story of Travis, a 19yr old kid who served a tour in Afghanistan and he's home on leave. But after … Continue reading Go read SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL. Seriously. Do it.
*Other Stuffnoun: anything that you don't normally writeThis is a post about why I think writers should read a lot of Other Stuff. I say this a lot and these are the responses I hear you already saying:"I write YA paranormal romance, but I've read John Green's stuff.""I write literary fiction but I read Harry … Continue reading Why You Should Read Other Stuff*
Today is one of those days. Except I had too many cute photos to choose from, so you're getting two. The first one is Jupiter and the second is Cora. Yes, my cat is wearing a spiderman bandana. He loves it.
Today's post is brought to you by the letter GENRE. I promise you, science fiction and fantasy aren't as scary as they seem. There's some awesome lit written in them, both in YA and outside of YA, and we can learn a lot from sf/f. I absolutely loved this Madeleine L'Engle quote from her acceptance of the … Continue reading No One Hashtags Secondary World Problems