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Summer Blog Blast Tour, Day 3

May 19th, 2010 (09:02 am)

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Summer Blog Blast Tour, Day 2

May 18th, 2010 (11:12 am)

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Summer Blog Blast Tour, Day 1

May 17th, 2010 (07:39 am)

The Summer Blog Blast Tour is back and it kicks off today! Browse around for interviews with the following authors:

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Books Read in 2010

April 12th, 2010 (02:52 pm)

1. Angel: After the Fall, Volume 1, Brian Lynch
2. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
3. Hooked on Murder, Betty Hechtman
4. That Was Then, This Is Now, S. E. Hinton
5. Rumblefish, S. E. Hinton
6. Tex, S. E. Hinton
7. Vampire Kisses, Ellen Schreiber

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Happy National Library Week! Also, Happy School Library Month!

April 12th, 2010 (11:33 am)

Here just a few weeks away from the end of the semester, I feel like I've finally gotten into a rhythm where I'm ready to return to the kidlitosphere.  I hope you'll all take me back!  I thought this week was an especially good time for it, due to it being National Library Week, School Library Month, and the Teen Book Drop on Thursday.

While you're waiting for me to return with real content, please contact your senators to support library funding, participate in Operation TBD, and/or help out with the reservation book wishlists at Guys Lit Wire.

Also, if you're planning on going to ALA annual I'd love to know! My husband and I will be there at least Friday night through Monday afternoon, and we may end up staying through Tuesday. I'd love to meet up!

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Books Read in 2010

March 23rd, 2010 (11:46 am)

1. Angel: After the Fall, Volume 1, Brian Lynch
2. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
3. Hooked on Murder, Betty Hechtman
4. That Was Then, This Is Now, S. E. Hinton
5. Rumblefish, S. E. Hinton
6. Tex, S. E. Hinton

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Books Read in 2010

February 25th, 2010 (10:15 pm)

1. Angel: After the Fall, Volume 1, Brian Lynch
2. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
3. Hooked on Murder, Betty Hechtman
4. That Was Then, This Is Now, S. E. Hinton

Books Picked Up but Not Finished; Put Aside Indefinitely (but I may return to them)
1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2. Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch (re-read)

Currently Reading
1. Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk
2. Gothic Charm School, Jillian Venters (re-read)

About to Pick Up
1. Rumblefish, S. E. Hinton

Kimberly [userpic]

Books Read in 2010

February 10th, 2010 (01:04 am)

1. Angel: After the Fall, Volume 1, Brian Lynch
2. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin

Books Picked Up but Not Finished; Put Aside Indefinitely (but I may return to them)
1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2. Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch (Re-Read)

Currently Reading
1. Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk

Waiting For
1. That Was Then, This Is Now by S. E. Hinton

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An actual announced hiatus, kind of.

January 28th, 2010 (08:32 am)

My participation in the Kidlitosphere is on again-off again, mostly off, and right now while I'm not actually physically stressed out by the subscriptions in my Google Reader or the messages in my inbox, it has become only so much digital clutter.  So I am declaring myself on hiatus until further notice, which I hope will be sooner (March or April?) rather than later.  I have a lot going on and I need to pare things down.  So where can you find me in the meanwhile?

I'll still be posting my booklists here.

I won't be using the @lectitans Twitter account during this hiatus. I'm planning to use @kimberlyhirsh, though. You can search for me on Facebook.

What's going on in my life?
1. I'm in library school. It's excellent but it's a lot of reading.
2. I'm in the Durham Savoyards' production on The Mikado.
3. I'm working on my own happiness project. If that's something you'd care to follow, I've created a livejournal for it at ping_jing. Adding the Kidlitosphere back to my life will be part of the happiness project but it's a later phase. Right now, I'm focusing on my health.

Where can you not find me?
Here for anything other than my booklists, probably.
On mailing lists - I've set them to Web only, except for yalsa-bk.

I'll see you all later. I'm not gone forever. I just thought it would be rude to keep up this absenteeism without letting you know where I was.

Kimberly [userpic]

Comment Challenge 2010 Check In

January 14th, 2010 (09:38 am)

How are you doing?  Here's my count:

Jan 8 - 5 comments
Jan 9 - 5 comments
Jan 10 - 0 comments
Jan 11 - 2 comments
Jan 12 - 0 comments
Jan 13 - 0 comments

As you can see, I started strong and then fizzled out.  I'm going to adjust my goal to 2 comments per day.  (It's 2 more than I was doing before!)  That's for a total of 42, which is always a good number to be aiming for.

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Poetry Friday: Comes a Train of Little Ladies

January 8th, 2010 (02:47 pm)

I had my first rehearsal for The Mikado last night and in honor of that I'm using some lyrics from the show for today's Poetry Friday post.  These are the lyrics to the song when I, as a member of the ladies' stage chorus, first appear.

Comes a train of little ladies
From scholastic trammels free,
Each a little bit afraid is,
Wondering what the world can be!

Is it but a world of trouble —
Sadness set to song?
Is its beauty but a bubble
Bound to break ere long?

Are its palaces and pleasures
Fantasies that fade?
And the glory of its treasures
Shadow of a shade?
And the glory of its treasures
Shadow of a shade?
Shadow of a shade?

Schoolgirls we, eighteen and under,
From scholastic trammels free,
And we wonder — how we wonder! —
We wonder — how we wonder! —
What on earth the world can be!
What on earth the world can be!

Kimberly [userpic]

Comment Challenge 2010

January 8th, 2010 (11:29 am)

21 days x 5 comments per day = 105 comments.  Do you think I'll make it to 100?  Those who do are entered for prizes.  I just want to up my participation in the kidlit community.

If you want to join, sign up at MotherReader's blog.

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Currently Reading and Goals

January 4th, 2010 (10:30 am)

So I have some goals in addition to reading 40 books this year that I'd like to share with you.

1. Read no more than one nonfiction, one fiction, and one graphic novel at a time.
2. Inspired by Colleen's excellent post and this year's YALSA YA Lit Symposium theme, I'm going to think more, read more, and write more about diversity in publishing.

I'm sure I'll find more as I move through the year.

Currently Reading:
Nonfiction - Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morganstern
Fiction - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I'm not currently reading a graphic novel but I'm planning to pick up the Angel: After the Fall compilations (they're hardcover!) from the shelf today.  The shelf in my house.  The comic book shelf.  (It is supplemented by the comic book box.  And then of course, there's Will's hundreds and hundres of issues in the attic.)

Next Up:
Nonfiction - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin or Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
Fiction - Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey or Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall

Which of these I read next will just depend on my mood, but it's always nice to have a plan.

Kimberly [userpic]

Happy New Year! 2009 in Review and Reading Resolutions

January 2nd, 2010 (12:16 pm)

With all the writing I've been doing in library school, blogging in depth has fallen by the wayside a bit, but I have been keeping up my "Books Read" list.  I read 54 books and graphic novels in 2009.  Eighteen of those were related to my young adult literature class in some way.  It's amazing how much you can read when you've got a deadline. 

I don't believe I set a definite goal for 2009, but 36 books was probably about right, and it's what we're left with if we take away the books I read for class.  I read 35 in 2007 and 34 in 2008, so 54 is quite a jump.  I'll be taking a children's literature class in the summer or fall, so that will push the numbers up a good bit I expect, but I'd like to set a goal for reading entirely out of class.  I feel like I should come up with an elaborate formula but I think we'll just aim for 40.  Since I do count graphic novels, and trade paperbacks of comic series, it's not hard to push the number up quickly.  I think 40 is a good number because it's a bit of a stretch but it's not at all out of reach.

So here I record it for all of you to see:
I will finish 40 books or graphic novels (including TPBs) in 2010.

I say "finish" instead of read because I started reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 2009 but I've not finished it yet.

My favorite of the 2009 list by far is Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon, Dean, and Nathan Hale.  It's a graphic novel with a Western twist on the traditional Rapunzel tale.  I'd strongly recommend it to fans of the fractured fairy tale genre and people looking for cool girl main characters.

What was your one favorite thing you read in 2009?

Kimberly [userpic]

Books Read in 2009

December 18th, 2009 (08:16 am)

1. How to Be a Budget Fashionista, Kathryn Finney [re-read]
2. Worlds of the Imperium, Keith Laumer 
3. Our Lady of Weight Loss, Janice Taylor [re-read]
4. Health at Every Size, Linda Bacon 
5. The Automatic Millionaire, David Bach
6. Smart Women Finish Rich, David Bach
7. Queen Victoria's Bomb, Ronald W. Clark
8. The Anubis Gates, Tim Powers
9. Lessons from a Dead Girl, Jo Knowles
10. How to Be Popular, Meg Cabot [audiobook]
11. Ghosts of Albion: Accursed by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden
12. Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson [audiobook]
13. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell [audiobook]
14. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor [audiobook]
15. Ghosts of Albion: Witchery by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden
16. Death's Daughter by Amber Benson
17. French Kiss by Sarra Manning
18. Stop Pretending by Sonya Sones
19. The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci
20. Accidental Love by Gary Soto 
21. Vale of the Vole by Piers Anthony
22. How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt
23. The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
24. Life Sucks by Jessica Abel
25. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
26. Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones by Ann Head
27. The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
28. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
29. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho by Jon Katz
30. America by E. R. Frank
31. First Part Last by Angela Johnson
32. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon
33. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You by Brian K. Vaughan and Joss Whedon
34. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon
35. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of Your Life by Jeph Loeb and Joss Whedon
36. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
37. Slot Machine by Chris Lynch
38. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
39. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
40. The Name of the Game Was Murder by Joan Lowery Nixon
41. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer [re-read]
42. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey by Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Kreuger, and Doug Petrie
43. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
44. Here in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers
45. Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography by Andrew Heifers
46. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman
47. Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex by Bronwen Pardes
48. Maus by Art Spiegelman
49. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
50. Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt De La Pena
51. American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
52. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale
53. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
54. The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Kimberly [userpic]

Books Read in 2009

December 7th, 2009 (01:46 pm)

1. How to Be a Budget Fashionista, Kathryn Finney [re-read]
2. Worlds of the Imperium, Keith Laumer 
3. Our Lady of Weight Loss, Janice Taylor [re-read]
4. Health at Every Size, Linda Bacon 
5. The Automatic Millionaire, David Bach
6. Smart Women Finish Rich, David Bach
7. Queen Victoria's Bomb, Ronald W. Clark
8. The Anubis Gates, Tim Powers
9. Lessons from a Dead Girl, Jo Knowles
10. How to Be Popular, Meg Cabot [audiobook]
11. Ghosts of Albion: Accursed by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden
12. Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson [audiobook]
13. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell [audiobook]
14. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor [audiobook]
15. Ghosts of Albion: Witchery by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden
16. Death's Daughter by Amber Benson
17. French Kiss by Sarra Manning
18. Stop Pretending by Sonya Sones
19. The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci
20. Accidental Love by Gary Soto 
21. Vale of the Vole by Piers Anthony
22. How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt
23. The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
24. Life Sucks by Jessica Abel
25. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
26. Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones by Ann Head
27. The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
28. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
29. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho by Jon Katz
30. America by E. R. Frank
31. First Part Last by Angela Johnson
32. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon
33. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You by Brian K. Vaughan and Joss Whedon
34. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon
35. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of Your Life by Jeph Loeb and Joss Whedon
36. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
37. Slot Machine by Chris Lynch
38. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
39. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
40. The Name of the Game Was Murder by Joan Lowery Nixon
41. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer [re-read]
42. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey by Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Kreuger, and Doug Petrie
43. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
44. Here in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers
45. Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography by Andrew Heifers
46. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman
47. Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex by Bronwen Pardes
48. Maus by Art Spiegelman
49. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
50. Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt De La Pena
51. American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
52. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale

Kimberly [userpic]

Me and Twilight

November 21st, 2009 (10:14 am)

I'm about to bare my soul here, so if you decide to criticize, please do so gently.

I first read Twilight in December of 2007, when it was just on the upswing, but before it became a proper phenomenon.  I was 26, in Florida for Christmas to visit family, away from my then-boyfriend now-husband (who was my boyfriend of 9 years at the time), and for the past several years Christmas-time had been when I was at my most emotionally vulnerable.  My husband would disappear to visit his family, where the internet is slow (meaning infrequent emails from him) and he would stay up until all hours playing video games with his brother, having what sounded like a right magical time to me, while I was with my family, whom I love very much and can stand individually for long periods of time but all together, three days is about my max.  I was in Florida which now counts as far from home, I had a sinus infection (which was actually an infected wisdom tooth but I didn't find that out until January), my sister had just gotten engaged (to her then-fiance now-husband, whom she had been dating for only a little over two years before they got engaged, which seemed like not a very long time to me) in August, so this was the first time all of our family was seeing her since then, and I was feeling supremely lonely and overlooked.

I picked Twilight up at Target just before we left for Florida.  I started reading it on the way down.  (I think I flew but I'm not 100% on that.  All of my trips to Florida kind of turn into a swirly mess in my head, Christmases combined with summers, a few Easters thrown in, because the weather is about the same most of the year.)  I was sucked in pretty much right away.  Bella Swan and I were practically twins.  She had dark hair.  I have dark hair.  She was clumsy.  I was clumsy.  She had moved in with her dad and started attending a high school in a very small town.  I had moved away from my family and boyfriend and taught at a high school in a very small town.  She had a boyfriend who was a vampire.  I had a boyfriend who wanted to be a vampire.

I can't remember how I felt about the sparkling at the time.  I want to say I thought it was stupid but it's entirely possible I thought it sounded very pretty.  (I was supremely disappointed with the execution of that in the film, by the way.)

I ate it up.  I'm pretty sure I sang its praises to my husband.  I think I was all, "There's this book, and the vampire says such pretty things, and it makes me think of you..."  (Let's not leave aside the fact that Bella had never had a boyfriend before Edward.  Because the fact that she was having her first real relationship at 17 also parallels my life.  And probably the lives of many more people than would actually admit it.)

I finished the book while I was still in Florida, I think.  It was a vacation read.  I came back to the real world (i. e., not Christmas in Florida) and forgot about Twilight, mostly.  Then it started really becoming a thing and my students started talking about it.  I had two that were very critical of it, and the more I listened to them, the more I realized that all of their criticisms were spot on.  I started to feel ashamed for having enjoyed it so thoroughly.

I recently re-read Twilight for my Young Adult Literature class.  This time I went in looking to examine exactly why I'd had so much fun with it the first time.  For a while, I couldn't figure it out.  The prose didn't impress me.  I'm thoroughly tired of teenagers in books taking care of their incompetent divorced/widowed parents.  The last time I found that charming was when I was watching Blossom.  Edward's behavior was mostly irritating.

But then I got to the sex-scenes-that-are-not.  If you've read it, you know what I mean.  The ones where lots of pretty words are said, but no touching happens.  And I realized  that those scenes were the ones that really got me the first time through, and that they have exactly the same power, even now.  Sad.  Embarrassing.  I realized during this reading of it, though, that Edward is not only creepy, but also extremely patronizing.  And that if I had a boyfriend who treated me the way he treats Bella (i. e., like a child) I would dump him posthaste.  I think even if he were really pretty and made me feel very special.  Because there are few things that bother me more than being patronized.

All of my problems with Twilight in terms of plausibility can be summed up by saying it reads like a fanfic - a fanfic I wrote in the Buffy universe, and one lots of other people have written, too.  The Cullens accept Bella so readily, which I thought was ridiculous.  (In fact, I think Rosalie is the most reasonable of them.)  Vampires should not go to high school; I don't care if it means they can stay in one place longer that way.  As they're undead, I'm pretty sure truancy officers aren't going to come after them.  Why anyone would go to high school more than once I can't imagine.  (And I actually had a pretty good time in high school.)  And then, there's some parts of vampire lore that are really sacred to me which Stephanie Meyer completely threw out the window, and others she fails to mention entirely.

Recently, I also started to object to the fact that Edward is just creepy, and it frightens me that this is the ideal man in the minds of many girls and women.  But yesterday I had to start re-examining this objection, because my perfect man imprint in fiction is The Phantom of the Opera, and he's really way creepier than Edward.  He kills people a lot, he sings at Christine from behind a mirror - which means he's probably been watching her dress and undress, he kidnaps her, he sends threatening notes to all sorts of people.  So.  What makes the Phantom different than Edward?  Well, he's smarter.  Edward didn't design an elaborate system of traps and such under an opera house.  Also he's not actually pretty.  Which I think really is part of his appeal.  Edward feels like he's a monster because he kind of wants to eat people; Erik, however, looks like a monster but, in the strictest and least psychological of terms, is not one.  Why am I not scared that people will actually hope deformed men will start watching them in mirrors and stealing them away in the same way I'm afraid women will think the ideal boyfriend is a patronizing stalker who looks like he's going to throw up every time he talks to you?  I think the distance in time is what does it for me.  Erik doesn't look seventeen.  He doesn't go to high school.  He doesn't feel like a person you might really run into who's just, you know, a vampire, but otherwise "normal."

So I've kind of figured out why I'm okay with the Phantom and not Edward, although I still feel like I'm not really justified in criticizing other people for loving Edward anymore.  (I've never been on Team Edward or Team Jacob, but I move closer to being on Team Jacob every day.)  I kept pursuing this line of thought, examining what I think is or is not okay to idealize in a relationship, and I came to the best in vampire/teen girl loves: Buffy and Angel.  I am one of these  Buffy/Angel OTPers.  I mean, I hated Riley simply because he was Not Angel.  And don't get me started on Spuffy.  (It always ends bad when I talk about it.  Let me say that one of my other prime OTPs is Spike and Dru.  So anytime they're separated I'm unhappy.)

I was like, "Oh, but Angel's different.  He didn't stalk - "  Oops.  Edward sat inside Bella's bedroom at night for two months.  Angel watched Buffy hang out at school for a year.  Angel followed her from LA to Sunnydale.  "Oh, well, Angel's different, because he -"  And I just have very little, except that he's not really patronizing.  But, would you be, if your girlfriend had superpowers?  Now, the fact that it's Buffy's job to kill vampires lends a lot more interest to the story, I think, than the fact that Edward kinda wants to have Bella for lunch.  Sacred duty is more interesting than being a snack.  Buffy as a story has many things to recommend it over Twilight, I think; complexity, mainly.  (And I'm pretending here that nothing after Seasons One through Three exists, because it's really the Buffy/Angel relationship that is of interest here.)  Also Joyce is an adult who can cook her own food and do her own laundry, so that's nice, and Angel points out how ridiculous it is for Darla to be pretending to be a school girl.  So those issues of mine with Twilight are not a problem on Buffy.

But in the end, I'm pretty much a hypocrite.  I do wish I'd gone on and read New Moon and Eclipse before the phenomenon really started.  (Stupid not being in paperback at the time.)  Because now, I will feel weird reading them.  But the truth is, I'll probably have fun reading them (not so sure about Breaking Dawn but I couldn't have read it pre-phenomenon anyway since it wasn't out until mid-phenomenon). 

No matter how much fun they are, though, you'll never find me being a Twilight tourist.  I'm not about to journey up to Forks or Port Orange to try and recreate scenes from the book or the movie.  Also, I don't care how much you like the name Renesmee, it sounds silly.

There.  Now this is the personal response to reading journal I always meant for it to be.

Kimberly [userpic]

Winter Blog Blast Tour, Day One

November 17th, 2009 (12:36 pm)
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It's time for interviews again!  I'm not participating due to having lots of school work, but here are yesterday's interviews.  Many thanks to slayground for the code.

Jim Ottaviani at Chasing Ray
Courtney Sheinmel at Bildungsroman
Derek Landy at Finding Wonderland
Mary E. Pearson at Miss Erin
Megan Whalen Turner at HipWriterMama
Frances Hardinge at Fuse #8

Kimberly [userpic]

NaNoWriMo Day 1

November 1st, 2009 (08:59 am)
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(cross-posted from my personal LiveJournal - originally posted there at 12:39 am)

I'm already past my quota for the DAY.

What, you don't write 1700 words in 40 minutes?

I'll give you a hint:

Make no attempt to disguise your character as not yourself, ramble on at length about the history of comic book characters (summarizing other people's work really ups your word count!), pour out everything you know about the supernatural, and talk at length about all three of the mean things you and your sister did to each other as little kids.

Current Chapter Title:
"Chapter The First: In Which Lauren Grace Vanderbilt Morlock Discovers That She Is, In Fact,Not the Most Important Person in the Entire Universe (Much to Her Dismay)"

Quotes of the Day:
"If you would like, we can have a lengthy conversation about how superheroes are our modern mythology, and how it is actually a metaphor when these people gain their powers, for our changing bodies in puberty and our changing roles in life in adolescence and coming to understand our own power of being adult and working that out psychobabble blah blah blahcakes."

"I get really bad headaches. I keep trying to walk through walls in hopes it will make them better. I usually just end up walking into walls instead, which is not as effective for curing a headache, actually."

"...I was fairly certain I was destined to save the world at least once, perhaps several times, perhaps over and over again and maybe then someone would go back and actually retcon my life and it would all be different and I would have a new origin story and you do not know, okay?"

"I may be a Marvel girl, but Batman is really cool."

"So my sister. I love her very much. I think people are supposed to love their sisters, and I love her. I maybe do not really understand her, but we fight much less than many other siblings, so, yeah. We are on pretty good terms, pretty much all of the time. I mean, I am fairly certain she has not stolen any money from my jewelry box for weeks, and I am even more certain that it has been a couple of months since the last time I handed her an empty soda can and said, 'Here, you can have the rest.' (Never mind that I fed her dog biscuits when she was two, okay? She was hungry.)"

"I am not known for my ability to shut the hell up."

"She likes to help people. Which is a really good trait if you are going to have superpowers, I suppose."

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NaNoWriMo

October 25th, 2009 (09:29 pm)
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Consider yourself warned.  This reading journal is about to become a writing journal!

Here's my MAGNA CARTA I (see No Plot?  No Problem! for details) - a list of things I really like in books.

MAGNA CARTA I
Magical girls
Smart girls
Sisters
Love that doesn’t get in the way of adventure
Love that isn’t too angsty
Love that is fun
Pretty hair
Horses
Smart men who have principles
Misunderstood people (mostly because they’re too smart)
A few close friends
Fantastical elements
Cleverly hidden exposition
Intricate interweaving of mythology
Imagery
Talking cats
Puzzles
Girls who are strong but not physically tough

What about you?  What elements do you really like in your stories?