I also talked through some motivation questions I had on book two so I can hopefully finish that up in the next couple of weeks. I find that talking things through is the way I work best. A friend of mine jokingly says that I accuse her of helping me but she never really says much.
Do you find that to be true in your own writing process? Do the solutions seem to already exist but you need to clarify them by talking them out? Or are you the strong silent type who loses momentum if you talk about your work in progress?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
YA GIVEAWAY OF THE WEEK
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
From the world of Beautiful Creatures-a dangerous new tale of love and magic.
Ridley Duchannes is nobody's heroine. She's a Dark Caster, a Siren. She can make you do things. Anything. You can't trust her, or yourself when she's around. And she'll be the first to tell you to stay away-especially if you're going to do something as stupid as fall in love with her.
Lucky for Ridley, her wannabe rocker boyfriend, Wesley "Link" Lincoln, never listens to anyone. Link doesn't care if Rid's no good for him, and he takes her along when he leaves small-town Gatlin to follow his rock-star dream. He teams up with a ragtag group of Dark Casters, and when the band scores a gig at a hot Underground club, it looks like all of Link's dreams are about to come true.
But New York City is a dangerous place for both Casters and Mortals, and soon Ridley realizes that Link's bandmates are keeping secrets. With bad-boy club owner Lennox Gates on her heels, Rid is determined to find out the truth. What she discovers is worse than she could have imagined: Link has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay. With their lives on the line, what's a Siren to do?
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of the Beautiful Creatures novels, are back to cast another magical spell. Their signature blend of mystery, suspense, and romance, with a healthy dose of wit and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.
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BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
- What's new this week? The CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE trailer is here!
- Pulitzer winner Juno Diaz had a few things to say about the "too whiteness" of creative writing courses.
- Veronica Roth's ALLEGIANT won Teen Book of the Year at the Children's Choice Awards, which tallied votes cast by over 1,250,000 kids and teens.
- JK Rowling live tweeted Quiddich matches on Pottermore.com.
- Stacked.com pointed me to a new site dedicated to genre fiction by women. Figured I would share, in case you missed it.
- The deets on KidLitCon were posted.
- Stephanie Kuehn did a great round-up of mental health in YA lit.
- The GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS cover for Claudia Gray's A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU was revealed on Epic Reads. Are you ready?
RECENT YA GIVEAWAY WINNERSThe Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
WINNER: RACHELLE S.
If RJ Palacio’s Wonder was a young adult novel, it’d be something like The Scar Boys. A severely burned teenager. A guitar. Punk rock. The chords of a rock ’n’ roll road trip in a coming-of-age novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world…even if you carry scars inside and out. If RJ Palacio's Wonder was a young adult novel, it'd be something like The Scar Boys. In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay-help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores-Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life. The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm when he was 8 years old, and the tree was struck and caught fire. Harry was badly burned and has had to live with the physical and emotional scars, reactions from strangers, bullying, and loneliness that instantly became his everyday reality. The second defining moment: the day in 8th grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and then made the startling suggestion that they start a band together. Harry discovered that playing music transported him out of his nightmare of a world, and he finally had something that compelled people to look beyond his physical appearance. Harry's description of his life in his essay is both humorous and heart-wrenching. He had a steeper road to climb than the average kid, but he ends up learning something about personal power, friendship, first love, and how to fit in the world. While he's looking back at the moments that have shaped his life, most of this story takes place while Harry is in high school and the summer after he graduates.
What is your favorite thing about THE SCAR BOYS?
That’s a big question. It’s a complicated question. It’s an almost-impossible-to-answer question. I’m proud of a lot—Harry’s voice, Johnny’s complexity, the role music plays—but my favorite thing about The Scar Boys is that I finished it. I’ve written my whole life—short stories, essays, even screenplays—but a novel had eluded me. Finishing The Scar Boys, and not only finishing it but being proud of the result, is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. That it’s being published is gravy. Corny? Maybe. True? Yes.
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The Summer I Saved the World . . . in 65 Days
by Michele Weber Hurwitz
WINNER: JACKIE G.
Hardcover Wendy Lamb Books
It's summertime, and thirteen-year-old Nina Ross is feeling kind of lost. Her beloved grandma died last year; her parents work all the time; her brother's busy; and her best friend is into clothes, makeup, and boys. While Nina doesn't know what "her thing" is yet, it's definitely not shopping and makeup. And it's not boys, either. Though . . . has Eli, the boy next door, always been so cute?
This summer, Nina decides to change things. She hatches a plan. There are sixty-five days of summer. Every day, she'll anonymously do one small but remarkable good thing for someone in her neighborhood, and find out: does doing good actually make a difference? Along the way, she discovers that her neighborhood, and her family, are full of surprises and secrets. In this bighearted, sweetly romantic novel, things may not turn out exactly as Nina expects. They might be better.
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