Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Kate (my main character in CANARY) is a bit passive during the first half of the book. The circumstances allow her to be more passive (she's trying to fit in at a new school among the elite and popular), but you don't want a weak character. This is somewhat of an oxymoron to me.
For example, take one of my favorite character, Melinda from Speak. I see Melinda as passive throughout most of the book. Yes, she made the choice to be quiet, she makes the choice to retreat inside herself and exclude herself from school, however, you root for her. You want her to speak up and do something. Why is that? Does she become less passive as the story goes on? Do the circumstances in her life allow you to view her as passive and still connect with her.
My mind is spinning on how to create a character that allows things to happen to her, but does not seem completely weak or passive.
Is your head spinning too?
How would you answer this questions? Any ideas or thoughts? Or maybe you want to argue with me and show me how Melinda is not passive throughout the first half of the book. I would love to hear from you all!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Amelia had planned to wear the dress to Homecoming, a dance no one had asked me to.
Her boyfriend Tommy made a big production of inviting her. He set up candles in our back field in the shape of a heart. He called Amelia to tell her to look outside. The two of us stood in our parent’s bedroom window and watched the candles, some flickering out to make a lopsided heart.
“Hey, look, “I had said. “Now your heart is broken.”
Tommy couldn’t just have invited her to the dance like the rest of the kids at school, pushing out an awkward invite in the halls, texting the question or deciding during lunch to go as just friends. Tommy had to light up his love, even if the flames started to blow out when the winds blew too fast.
I started to try on the dress a few weeks after Amelia disappeared.
I put it on when Dad was at work and Mom was in the shower, running the water to cover up her wails that I could still hear.
I would slip into it and jam my feet into Amelia’s shoes that were two sizes too small and stare at myself in the mirror. I allowed myself for a moment, just a moment, to smile because I was here. I was strong and alive.
I would then take the dress off and hang it back up in the closet among Amelia’s other shirts, sweaters and tennis shoes that sat waiting for her.
Tonight I got dressed in the downstairs bathroom.
I watched for the headlights to Tessa’s ancient old Buick and slid out the door. I ran barefoot to the car, out of my house before anyone could ask where I was going. Amelia’s dress skimmed the ground, stirring up a fog of dust around the bottom.
I was shorter than Amelia and the dress wasn’t the same on me. Nothing was quite the same.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Getting engaged wasn't the only thing that I did in California. It was a great trip! Do you want to see some pictures?!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
And how much do you wish you came up with this idea for a YA book?
And she gives a shout out to Judy Blume! Loves!
Okay, it comes out September 17, so we don't have that long to wait. Phew!
Click here to view it without the bad formatting that blogger does. Curses, blogger, why can you format right?!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
I have a steady list of blogs that I read every day. I've found a lot of them through my readers, through google searchers on various agents/editors and things like that, and a few have been recommendations.
Here are some of my favorite non-writing blogs; perhaps you'll start following some of these!
Knitting Lemonade: Kara talks about writing, knitting and bike riding. I wish she'd post more, but every time she does...it makes my day!
Girl Who Knits: This is Kara's sister and she does some amazing knitting projects...amazing! Again, please post more!
A Friend to Knit With: I love this blog...it's full of every day simple things and her pictures make me smile (oh, and she knits too...ha!).
Lottie and Doff: Warning...this blog will make you hungry. Very hungry!
Lisa Leonard Online: My mom, sister and I all have necklaces made by Lisa. Her designs are beautiful and so are the pictures that she takes. Her blog is about her life and family.
Pink Picket Fence: Another more domestic blog with great pictures and crafts and fun ideas.
I haven't really found that many new blog lately. It's just my standard ones, and I feel like I know enough about the authors that I can take on a few more and start following their stories. Isn't that the cool part about blogging? That you start following people's lives and root for them and their successes?
I'm asking for you...my readers...to share some of your favorite blogs with me. This includes your own blog if you don't think I've started to follow it yet (and I should....geez!). Please include the blog address in the comment section and perhaps a description, although I'm sure I'll visit all of them and take a look.
Thanks! I look forward to some great new reading!