On the Tenth day of Christmas Vacation

December 31st, 2008

I’m all about raising a glass to ring in the New Year tonight! And I’m curious how you handle alcohol in YA novels. I have no doubt kids today (*shakes fist metaphorically*) are drinking, but do you feel showing it in a novel can feel natural and true? Or is the inclination always to show it as a bad choice, or something that leads to bad consequences?

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On the Ninth day of Christmas Vacation

December 30th, 2008

Daphne answered me (well, “me” if you’re Sharla), “Is there a book genre comparable to TV’s “dramedy” genre?”

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On the Eighth day of Christmas Vacation

December 29th, 2008

Daphne gave to me a question for GE. (Wow, that one almost sort of rhymes. Woot!) Anyway, in the comments on another post, GE asks, “Do you think with all this reorganizing of different publishing companies, most other publishing places will do the same? The economy is down, so what does that say to aspiring writers? Maybe self-publishing isn’t such a bad idea as long as we have strong outsourced editors, i.e., maybe a laid-off editor? What do you think?”

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On the Seventh day of Christmas Vacation

December 28th, 2008

Daphne took a tour through the archives, and thought you might want a refresher on the categories I use here. Or, ok, if I’m being honest, the Web Monkey told me I was using a category tag incorrectly, so I had to go through and retag something like a hundred entries, and so I’m putting this list up as a reference for my future self.

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On the Sixth day of Christmas Vacation

December 27th, 2008

Daphne said to me, “It’s Saturday! But I’m posting anyway. Why? Because I’m freaking awesome, and it’s the only way I’ll get through Twelve Days of Christmas in two weeks.”

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