January 14, 2013 by Kiersi
What Happens Next, by Colleen Clayton
This book gets: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of 5
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton – It’s really hard to write good contemporary YA–and it’s even harder for me to like it. I mean this in the kindest possible way. Especially when addressing the big issues like rape and eating disorders, it’s easy for authors to preach. It’s easy for their characters, as a result, to sound flat or forced; but Clayton effortlessly dodges the trap.
Cassidy “Sid” Murphy is a straight-A cheerleader–until she meets a handsome stranger on a school ski trip. That night, Dax Windsor invites her inside, and afterwards, she can remember nothing; but she knows Dax has taken something from her. Something she can never get back. (more…)
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October 3, 2012 by Kiersi
Revisions are grinding me into the floor (and are due Friday, listen for that gunshot) so today I offer another guest post–this time from the multi-talented Ryan Bond. He plays video games, writes short stories, and is generally an all-around cool guy. Also, I love this philosophical discussion about the creative process. Not enough philosophy in my life without Professor Holzwarth forcing me to read it.
Before we get started, two links for you:
– If you’re a YA or NA author, or a voracious reader of the same ilk, check out Allie B’s FIRST KISS CONTEST.
– Colleen Clayton has a book called What Happens Next coming out in the next couple of days (Oct. 9, to be exact) and the first three chapters rock. I mean, wow, this is how you write a first ten pages. Dang. Be sure to check it out.
Stage Manager of the Mind
Human thought meanders and rages as a maelstrom of amorphous, abstract and absolute concepts – oftentimes between heartbeats.
The ability to capture those concepts and lend them voice through a myriad of forms has become one of our defining human characteristics. Whether expressed through song, dance, architecture, spoken or written word, the journey that concepts take from consciousness to concrete existence is profound. (more…)
Category How-to | Tags: Allegory of the Cave,Colleen Clayton,creative process,philosophy,Plato,What Happens Next | No Comments