Sunday, January 31, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Mary Lou Carney wrote an endearing article on creativity here.
And Dayton O. Hyde writes about action and adventure here.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
After finishing this book, it's made me want to re-evaluate the ends of the chapters in my book to make sure that they're keeping my readers wanting more. If you're a writer with this problem, I'd suggest reading The Maze Runner, or if you're just looking for a good read definitely go and pick it up!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This first poem comes from a folder of poems I wrote in 8th grade. I got an A and here's what my teacher wrote: "Samantha - Your perception is unusually mature. Your artwork is juvenile. Together, this combines for an interesting collection. We need to work some more on correct punctuation and we will for the class anthology. I like your work, Samantha.
Neatly typed - every poem has a creative surprise! Keep this collection, Samantha - you may decide to major in writing!"
Yep, not much has changed. I still draw terribly, and I'm admittedly not so good at punctuation - but oh, how I try! Now if only I'd had this folder Sophomore year in college when I couldn't decide on a major!
On this sunny afternoon I walked one day
Stopping to get a drink in a pond near the bay
I crouched down to quench my thirst
When I heard an outrageous burst
A shirt was hanging in the air
And there was nothing attached
Except some hair
I screamed in horror seeing this thing
What could it be? It started to sing
I stared in awe at this amazing shirt
And my ears really started to hurt
I ran one way but it blocked me
I ran the other and it stopped me
It said, "Hello, how are you?"
I couldn't talk, I couldn't move
I stood there feeling very scared
I didn't know how to act with
This thing with the hair
It said again, "Let's be friends."
And on and on my decision depends
I didn't know what to say
This doesn't happen every day
I have no friends I must confide
They just run off and try to hide
"Ok," I said. "I'll be your pal."
And off we walked down the canal
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Some authors have a real knack for nailing the teen lexicon - Meg Cabot, Megan McCafferty, Wendelin van Draanen...to name a couple - and they make it seem so effortless! If the equivalent of the Academy Awards existed for writers - Best Teen Voice, Best Teen Antagonist, Funniest Teen Protagonist, etc. - these writers would win them. So just how do they do it? Maybe it just comes naturally for them? I wish I knew! But for those of you who it doesn't, I've heard some advice from other writers like go to a cafe where kids hang out after school and observe them. I agree that that could be useful, but do it too much and you could get a reputation for being that creepy guy or lady always eavesdropping in the corner. So why not do some of your eavesdropping unobtrusively by visiting online communities? Tangst (teen+angst) is another online community created by teens for teens, where kids can go and comment anonymously, vent their frustrations and share their angst - sort of like an online diary, if you will. Read through some of the posts, and you'll get a fresh reminder of all of the raw emotions kids go through which can make you both more compassionate for the teens in your life, and help to guide your writing voice.
On a side-note, I think it's pretty cool how technology has helped bring people with common interests, issues and concerns together. So if you write YA, what do you do or what resources do you use to get in touch with your inner teenager?
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
But, moving on... Monday's after a long holiday break should be eased into slowly, so let's start the day with some pictures from Photo Pops! He lives in Southern Colorado and it's been snowing there a lot! brrr...which is one of the reasons why I like to visit in the spring or summer!
Fog bank over La Plata mountains, CO.
Moon and snow - La Plata Mountains, CO.
Bench overlooking the Animas River in Durango, CO.
(All photos property of Richard Hagar. Any unauthorized use is prohibited and illegal).