Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sunday Summary

It's been a busy week!


Let me start with my writing. I'm continuing work with adding blog entries to my MS. I took own advice and shortened the first entry a lot. It removes the feeling of info feeding and allows us to get to know the main character better. I think..... I will let it sit and then revisit it.



Item #2: S. E. Hinton at Printer's Row -- what I learned. S. E. Hinton is somewhat of an anomoly among YA writers. She wrote her first (and best known) novel while in high school. She now writes only for adults. She admits she does not read YA novels and has no interest in what is currently being writen in the YA market. In the opposite direction, she states the best prizes she receives are letters from young readers stating that her books convinced them to become readers.



So, the question is: Why did the Chicago Tribune award her this year's YA Book Prize. I think the answer is as simple as The Outsiders marked the beginning of the YA book genre as we know it. The Trib's award is designated to be for a work or body of works. Why not take a year to celebrate YA's beginning?



Now back to what I learned: I learned that as a writer we must always be true to our heart in what we write. Well, I kind of knew that, but let's say it was reinforced. S.E. Hinton was true to her writing in high school -- she got a D in creative writing while working on The Outsiders (assumedly because she was neglecting her class work). I salute the fact that she continues to write what her heart now dictates -- works for adults. I would be curious , however, what she'd think of the Stephanie Meyers books. Did I mention that S. E. Hinton has a vampire in one of her latest works?

Item #3: I picked up an autographed copy of Truck Stuck by Sallie Wolf to add to my collection for my future grandchildren. Did I mention that my twin sons both got engaged in the last month. (Grandkids still a few years away though).

Jim D

5 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Wow - twins getting engaged in the same month. It's that crazy twin phenomenon they always talk about.

So glad your writing is going well! Busy is good.

And interesting that SE Hinton only writes for adults now.

Take care!

Vivian said...

Congratulations to your sons! And your revisions sound like they're working out well. Keep up the good work!

Sheri said...

Isn't it great when the universe reinforces what you always believed. Seems we both experienced that in that same week!

Congrats on your sons' engagements and thanks for visiting my blog too! Isn't it great when the universe reinforces what you always believed? Seems we both experienced that in that same week!

Congrats on your sons' engagements and thanks for visiting my blog too!

Gail Piernas-Davenport said...

Congrats to your sons, Jim! I hope they don't plan to get married so close together! Holy cow!

Jim D said...

Gail: They are spread out -- one in 2009, one in 2010.