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Okay, so while my computer and the internet went MIA on me for awhile, I wasn’t sitting around doing nothing.  Believe it or not, I actually found something to do and while it wasn’t writing, it’s something that is just important when it comes to children’s stories.  Wanna know what it is?  I know you do.  I know you’re dying from the anticipation.  I don’t maybe I should let you wait a little longer.  What? No?  Alright fine.  I decided sometime ago now that I’d try to self-publish my children’s book.  So while I was waiting for my computer to come back to me, I worked on trying to make some illustrations.  Here’s a sneak peek at some of the stuff I’ve done. Oh, and just to make this more interesting, you should know I can’t draw and have very little experience in art at all.  If only Mr. Talley could see me now. 🙂

 

So now you’ve seen what I’ve been doing, I know it’s not real professional, but I have it on good authority(my three year old niece) that it’s perfect.  She loves it and actually made pictures with me today.  Maybe I’ll show you her’s on another day.  Oh and one more thing before I go, I started another blog, but this blog is different.  It’s a place for all my other thoughts and such.  So this blog will continue to be my author/writing blog and the other one is all the other stuff/stuff.  Yeah. So if you get a chance go show me some love at Elisa J’s Place.

So I’m off to find my pencil until Monday….when I start my weekly blogs all over again. 🙂

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I may be an exception here, but when I see people comment on another author’s works I cringe when I see the critiquer claim, your mc is too insightful for an eighth grader, or your conversation doesn’t sound like a fifteen year old speaking.

Not to be too harsh on YA novels or children’s books, but I think most people give children too little credit.  As a young adult I never read YA literature, with the exception of Harry Potter, because I always thought the voice of most works sounded forced, and most of the time the characters were far too shallow for me to care about.  I’m actually amazed to discover a children’s author I was forced to read when I was eight years old is a celebrated and widely known author.  She currently has a movie coming out based on one of her works, but as an eight year old I remember distinctly rolling my eyes and putting the book down because the main character wasn’t real to me, even though her body was going through the same changes as mine at the time.

I concede that adolescents are, in general, more self-centered than adults, but that doesn’t mean that they do not grapple with deeper issues than friends, their hair, or love.  Many of my classmates dealt with the loss of a parent, one or both parents on drugs, being the only one able to care for their younger brothers and sisters and/or abuse. 

Currently I have a younger sister in high school and a brother in middle-school, while they aren’t always insightful and worldly, when tragic events occur, or one of their close friends is upset, they have enough knowledge to recognize that something significant has ocurred, and know the people they care about enough to offer insightful advice.

I fear some authors confuse immaturity with lack of intelligence.  Just because a character is immature, doesn’t mean they aren’t intelligent, it only means that when tragedy does strike, the character either deals with it in a healthy way, or a non-healthy way.  Either way, just like people, a character can mature greatly at fourteen years old, or stay stunted until they are ready to face their issues and mature.   

If a character is like a person, than it shouldn’t matter that my character is only seventeen years old.  If she is intelligent, and that’s the way I’ve alway portrayed her, the fact that she knows Saddam Hussein was part of the Ba’athe party shouldn’t be an issue when she brings it up in conversation.  This should only be an issue if I’ve established my mc as a person of average intelligence and nothing before hand has prepared the reader for the sudden leap in intellect.

I would advise any person writing for YA to be wary when  a critiquer comments on your dialogue.  Ask yourself if it fits in with the character you created.  Adolescents are people too.  Not all of them fit into the stereotype that has been created and perpetuated in this genre and not all of them are geniuses, but each one has the ability to be insightful, coherent and most importantly the capacity to grow.

Do you really remember how you were as a tween and teen?  Were you really as shallow as some of the YA characters out there?  When you write about your YA character do you only incorporate the surface issue teens face, or do you try to add a deeper set of issues for your character to deal with?

Oops, my pencil seems to have gotten away during my rant.  Perhaps some nice teenager will find it and return it to me.

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Today’s Road Trip Thursday writing question from YA Highway is…what is you favorite book you’ve read this month?

Okay, so I haven’t read that many books this month and since I already reviewed the only novel I’ve completed this month so far, I’m going to pick a children’s story in honor of my niece who turned three two days ago. 

For her birthday I have her one of my favorite stories growing up.  Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess.  It is one of the best children’s stories and my niece, who normally wanders away about halfway through a book, sat and listened to the whole thing.  All the while telling me she like eggs and ham, lol.  And when I finished she asked me to read it to her again.

So my favorite story I’ve read this month definitely Green Eggs and Hams.

What is you favorite story you’ve read this month?  Leave a comment and let me know why I scrounge around for my pencil, I’ve seemed to misplaced it again.

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