5/21/17

Where Yo At, Healthy Fams in YA??


If anyone is curious, yes, this is an old family picture.
And I covered everyone's faces with letters so they wouldn't kill me for posting old pictures. Of course though, I wasn't able to cover eight year old Gray's face, so yeah. Look away! Look away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've glowed up over the years, hopefully..

Random person: Actually, you haven't.
Me: Shsssss, let Gray dream! :P



A quick note:

    Heyyyyy guys! I'm sorry for being SUPER irregular when it comes to when I post!! I've just been tired and not very busy (does that make sense? I think not). Buuuuuuuttttttttttt, yeah! I will try to get into more of a blogging schedule again, because I use to have one, but then I got busy! Let's get on with this post!!




      Have you noticed something off about the families in YA? Pretty much all of the families are dysfunctional. Think about it, for the most part the parents are either dead, divorced, ignorant of pretty much everything, or one of them is evil *coughs* stepmothers…

      As for the siblings, they're either evil or non-existent. And I did do a post on how to create authentic children a couple of weeks back, so if you haven't read it you can HERE.

     But on with this post! The more I thought about it, the more confused I became, because I realized how true this was.



three examples of this lack of normal families:

1. Harry Potter (The last two were YA, or was it the last three)? Anyways, his family is obviously not the most normal, especially with his hateful aunt, uncle, and cousin.



2. All of the Cinderella re-tellings. Let's be real, there are enough Cinderella YA re-tellings for us to fill a few great libraries (think the Green Hallow's Great Library from the Wingfeather saga size).


3. Warrior of the Son. Evan does not live in a normal family. His father is a king, but his mother is simply a girl, who… (how do I keep this G? The book is meant for sixteen year old boys, so it's a bit more mature in topics, but I don't follow rules). Okay, fine, I'm just going to say it; his mother is just a girl that the king took to bed one night. Whew! I do my best to keep this blog as clean as possible.



         Those were just a few that I thought of! But believe me, there are MANY more!!





three examples of normal families:

1. The Wingfeather saga, my Wingfeather fans saw this coming, didn't y'all? While it's true that The Wingfeather's father is dead, their mom and their grandpa loves them dearly in a way that reminds me of my own parents.

2. The Door Within, Aidan's parents both love their son, and it's so beautiful and realistic. When Aidan becomes a Christian it is so sweet and a bit heartbreaking when he tells his confused non-Christian parents. And I just loved reading about where his dad asked him to explain his beliefs. It's just so good and realistic and it really shows the tough but special relationship between parents and their teenage boy!

3. Viking Quest, even though we don't get to see Bree's parents for a long long time, because Bree gets stolen… slight spoilers, so I shan't go on. Anyway, it's obvious that Bree's parents and their siblings love each other.



         Now, I am not saying that writing about kids with single parents, divorced parents, non-caring parents, and spiteful vile parents is wrong and unrealistic, because for many teens it is a harsh reality. But where did the healthy families go? The messy, overwhelming, but loving group of people stuck with the same last name and stuck in the same house? I think YA is just slowly getting darker as time goes on. I pick up a book, open it, and the overall message I get is: Your parents don't understand anything and they think you're a waste of space.

And again, yes, this is the harsh reality for a ton of us teens, but there are also families, who despite their shortcomings, love each other.


         Just a thought. Write about divorces, abuse (verbal and physical), parents who neglect their kids, and common major family issues, if you want. We do need to spread awareness that this stuff does happen, and it also probably is comforting to kids who are going through similar struggles, to know that they aren't alone. But please, PLEASE don't forget the healthy families. 

Have you also noticed the lack of happy families in YA?
What are some of your examples of normal and not normal families from YA??


Happy Writing,


5/9/17

Liebster Blog Award




         I got nominated for the Liebster Award by Karyssa at No Coffee, No Can Do. So thank you, Karyssa!!! And for all of y'all who don't know, Liebster is German for darling, and I didn't even have to look that up because I'm cool like that. :P 
        Anyways...

Rules:

-Link back to the person that tagged you
-Answer the eleven questions
-Tag eleven bloggers, and let them know you tagged them
-Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions



Questions



1. How long have you been writing?

        Since I learned how!



2. When you write, do you like to type or write by hand?

          I type, I use to write by hand, but when I turned thirteen my grandparents gave me a laptop. This laptop is probably the best thing that has come out of being a teenager so far!

 3. Oxford comma: yay or nay and why?

          YAY! One time I told someone that I didn't trust people who didn't like Oxford Commas and they asked me what an Oxford Comma was, and I just looked at them like:



4. Do you prefer movies or shows?

         I don't have Netflix, so probably movies, but I do love Larkrise to Candleford, The Duke Boys (original, not the messed up version), Emergency, Adam Twelve, and so many more. But they're all old and no longer airing, so movies.

5. If you could only visit one other country, which one would it be?


          Germany. It would be cool to go back to my roots.

6. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

           I am an introverted extrovert! Thank you Sarah for giving me a name for my personality!!!

7. What's one random thing about that few people know?

      OOooo, the secrets I could spill.... but I need friends, so here it is:

       1. Elena texts like she's from a Shakespeare play most of the time
       2. Wilsy is terrified of spiders
       3. Emory wears a lot of bright neon pink and it hurts everyone's eyes
       4. Skyler refuses to shave

8. What is your favorite animal?

         Cats!


 9. What quote (from a book, movie, YouTube video, etc) do you find yourself saying often?

          On movies: If you didn't see it, it didn't really happen- Jordan Taylor, Blimey Cow


 10. Would you rather live in the city, or the country?

          Country! We might not have much internet out here, but we know how to have a good time!!

 11. If you could see yourself from someone else's perspective, who's perspective would you choose and why? (It could be a family member's, friend's, your local librarian, etc.)

        Hmmm... hard one. Probably...oh, man. I don't know!! I honestly don't think I would if I could. I mean, wouldn't that make it super awkward for me afterwards?! I couldn't ever look at that person the same way again.


I Nominate:

Evan White


My Questions

1. What is your biggest pet Peeve?

2. What is your one of your favorite things?

3. Do you have a song stuck in your head? If so, which one?

4.  What is your favorite book you read this week?

5. What is your favorite movie that you watched this week?

6. Do you have a favorite YouTuber? If so, who?

7. White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

8. What is your favorite word?

9. Do you have a secret talent??

10. Who is the first person that pops into your head when you think "weird"?

11. Would you rather be super famous or rich and unknown? Why?


5/6/17

Creating Authentic Children

     
              Aha! At last I am doing another writing tip post, because I haven't done one in a while!! (Does that count as an intro? I'm going to say yes).

        So children, they're like grownups only they're smaller and they only want to have fun and eat sweets, but hey, who doesn't?
        Lately I've read a lot of books where the authors write the most fake kids I've ever read! They always fall into one of three categories:

1. The über sweet darling. This kid is an angel from heaven, they cannot sin.

3. The über evil brat. This kid is a demon or possessed by demons. Basically this child is only there to give the main protagonist grief.

4. The ghost. This is the kid that is only mentioned twice and you haven't seen him since the first chapter and you're on chapter twenty…

         I have four siblings and one foster brother. I have babysat. I am a homeschooler, every homeschool event I go to is swarming with children. So I believe I have every right to say that those three kid stereotypes are a wilting pile of cow pies in the sweltering Texas sun!
        That being said, here's how to create a realist and authentic child…

1. Hobbies. Even young children have hobbies. Brad Wallace loves comic books, and his favorite one is his old and tattered Iron Man comic book, later when he's twelve I build on the knowledge of his love for comic books, and now Brad is also obsessed with drawing comics.

2. Faults. Since Brad is the first actual child I've created (and my favorite, ssh! Don't tell him!!) I'm going to use him for my examples. Brad is a relatively normal child. He also had faults. He loves throwing stuff (comic books), at his older sister, Kimberly. He's reckless, and he's also an impulsive liar. All in all, I'd say he's human.

3. Involvement in the older sibling's life. My siblings are very involved in my life, sometimes I wish they weren't. Sometimes I wish I could tell them to get a life and get out of mine, and sometimes I do tell them that, *grimaces* but no matter what I do or say, I know that my siblings aren't going anywhere anytime soon! Brad is very involved in Kimberly's life, he's even read her diary!
         My siblings know almost everything about me, it's bad. One time they found out who I had a crush on… oh, dear Lord, WHY??? And of course my parents had just invited this young man and his family over for dinner… UGH, WHY ARE MY SIBLINGS SO INVOLVED IN MY LIFE?!?!? Luckily, I think the fellow was oblivious of the fact that my siblings were all grinning at him like maniacs the whole time...but that's a different story… ;) 


         So those were my three tips for creating an authentic child! I hope it helped.


Can you relate to my dislike of poorly drawn children in fiction?
Why or why not?
Oh, and I also finished all of my school this week, I thought I wasn't going to, but I did! *Squeals, throwing papers into the air*
       I'm so done with school. I no longer care if I bombed the last science test I turned in on Friday (I doubt I did, I think I knew all of the answers), or if I get a poor grade on my ten paragraph thesis paper, the point is; IT'S OVER.
Are you guys done with your school?
When did you finish or when will you finish??





Happy Writing,




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