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  1. NaNoWriMo Day 1: Exploring Point of View

    November 2, 2012 by Kiersi

    National Novel Writing Month got off to a very optimistic start yesterday. I’m working on a novel tentatively titled Gryphon, a middle-grade fantasy with two alternating points of view.

    I’m using a third-person limited, so while told in third person, each chapter focuses on one character and his or her thoughts.

    I’ve been experimenting a little with alternating/rotating points of view, as my writer’s group knows who have been reading Codename: Gossip Tolkien. Instead of first person, which I use in GT, I chose third person for Gryphon because my heroes are young–12 and 13. Writing in third person, I am able to reveal a lot more about their personalities, motives, and feelings than I would if they were telling the story themselves, and I don’t have to worry about keeping the tone and voice “authentic” to the age of the character. (more…)


  2. Brainstorming for Dummies

    February 27, 2012 by Kiersi

    Gryphon, a novel

    I find it simply impossible to focus on one single thing for too long. New ideas always creep in, like moss through holes in the brick. Instead of ignoring them until the time is right, I’m trying a new method: write down everything I can think of regarding the new idea, and file it away until I have time to work on it.

    It’s amazing how time sifts through your ideas for you, shuffling aside the not-so-good ones, and letting the great ones shine through. (more…)


  3. Ryan’s “Glow” a Not-So-Dazzling Thriller

    January 9, 2012 by Kiersi

    Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

    Glow, by Amy Kathleen Ryan

    Glow, by Amy Kathleen Ryan – The first in a trilogy called The Sky Chasers, Glow is a sci-fi novel for the young adult audience. I’m absolutely delighted by the idea of it: true, honest-to-god space adventure, replete with spaceships, artificial gravity, and interstellar colonization, all in a neatly-wrapped package. Unfortunately, the prose, characterization, and treatment of the reader leaves something to be desired.

    Our heroes are Waverly and Kieran, two sixteen-somethings aboard an intergalactic spaceship headed for New Earth. The colonists were split between two ships, the Empyrean and the New Horizon; one contains a secular group of colonists, and the other, a religious group. Like many sci-fi writers before her, Ryan examines the role of God in space travel and interstellar imperialism, and shows us where blind belief can lead humankind astray. (more…)


  4. What is “YA”?

    December 18, 2011 by Kiersi

    It’s a great question.

    In the publishing industry and academic literary world, “YA” is a term that gets thrown around for everything from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games to Twilight. Generally, it means “young adult,” or literature aimed at an audience somewhere between thirteen and twenty years of age. These are readers that have outgrown Lemony Snicket and The Golden Compass, but seek the same kind of fast-paced action and coming-of-age themes from those middle-grade years. (more…)