Musings

Monday Miscellany

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I’m rocking the sexy librarian look today with my glasses, which I NEVER wear in public.  There’s the leftover emotional stigma from my geeky junior high days, plus I’m blind as a bat, so the lack of proper peripheral vision is not cool.  But they’re necessary as contacts aren’t happening for a day or two.  […]

Craft

Where Are The Parents In YA?

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“Anyone can write in dead parents. It takes guts to make adult children deal with living parents.” This marvelous quote came from this article over at Fantasy Faction.  Somebody tweeted it yesterday and I was immediately like WIN!  This is something I have totally changed my opinion about since I first started writing when I […]

Writing

How Do You Define YA?

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The Red launch tour continues today over at The Book Cellar with an interview.  Check it out! Monday, during my massive couch jockey session in which I plowed through 7 episodes of Firefly, one of my non-writer friends popped up to chat.  She was asking if I was marketing Red strictly as YA (probably in […]

Writing

Challenges of Writing YA

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As I’ve been stumbling along in lurching steps toward THE END, I’ve been reflecting lately on how different and challenging it has been to write a YA.  Red is the first YA book I have written since I WAS a young adult.  While in some respects it’s been easy (it’s shockingly easy to go back […]

Writing

Pondering The Paranormal YA Couple

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I love YA.  Or more specifically paranormal YA (right off hand I can’t think of any non-paranormal YA in my must-have pile).  I’ve read loads of it, watched a bunch on TV.  There are certain types I gravitate toward, others I really hate, and some I’ve never seen. I really dig it when both hero […]

Books

On Stereotypes and Other Trends in YA

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I was all set to make a post about stuff every author ought to have on their blog (I have a list I’ve been generating), but I’ll save that for another day.  Why?  Well, I just read a really scathing review of a YA book I happened to love.  I’m not mentioning titles or linking […]