Here's the second character guest post, by Mandy Gale from #PsychicStory on stereotypes, with commentary from Darren Beamer. It's brief, but I thank you for reading anyway!
Hi, everyone! This is Mandy Gale. 😊 I'm here to talk to you writers out there about stereotypes. Kira wanted me to talk about this because, I suppose, you asked for it, but also because stereotypes is one of the main themes in my story. I've brought Darren, who's... well, the other main character in #PsychicStory, to kind of help us. He'll be writing in blue.
Hey. I guess it's good to be here.
😊 So anyway. stereotypes aren't just a huge factor in our lives, but also a huge factor in writing any story for teens and preteens. I know this because I like to talk to Kira about these things. I like to learn about anything I can.
*snort* Yeah you do.
Hush, Darren! Anyway, stereotypes are a huge part of middle and high school culture, which anyone who has been through school knows, unless you were at some fantastical school where cliques didn't exist. Stereotypes define how you grow up and how you look at people throughout life. Because of this, authors writing teen fiction have to play with and be aware of the stereotypes of different social groups.
Sage O'Riley from #ChosenFourStory and her post on How to Deal with Your Author won the poll. However, to be fair to the many who voted otherwise, next time, Mandy Gale from #PsychicStory will be doing a guest post on stereotypes along with Darren Beamer.
Thanks for hanging in there, and enjoy the Sage!
Hello. Sage O'Riley here.
Before you "normal" people start saying things like "Wait, you know you're a book character?" and "That must be weird," let me just cut in and say the answer to all of your questions is yes. Yes, I know I'm a book character. Yes, it's weird, but probably no weirder than it is for people who know they're being guided by God. Except God is perfect, and authors are not, which is why I'm here to tell any other character who happens to have been granted real-life computer access how to deal with them.
Yes, I've been freed from the cage of Kira's head in order to tell you How to Deal with Your Author.
Now shut up and let me talk.
It's a little weird to be posting this during the summer, when I'm not even at any job (although I super-hope I can get one at my new college; also, I totally applied for a job at the local library). But hey, that's what happens when you have over forty blog post ideas lined up.
Today, I'm gonna talk about my limited job history, ignoring the writing part, because my job history says a lot about me and my interests. So what jobs have I had, leading up to my semi-life-changing position as copy editor at Adams State's The Paw Print? Why don't we take a look-see?
I've been fortunate enough to not have any real need to work yet. My job choices have been for the sake of my resume and for spending money, and so they've been chosen with plenty of consideration for my impractical disabled artist nature.
I started out with a few odd jobs--being a mother's helper, house-sitting, pet-sitting--but my first long-term job that I was hired for was in... tenth grade? Something like that, anyway. I began over the summer before school, delivering papers to a certain route for a small local paper.
I didn't even intend to do the job at first. My brother got it so he could buy the stuff he wanted, and I thought it was kind of interesting. So I helped sometimes, on the days when he decided not to actually go out and do it. Eventually, he stopped going entirely, so it was left to me and our mother. That's how I got a paper route!
I figured today I'd continue my Parts of a Novel series with the glory of ~book covers~. Book cover art is a huge part of book marketing. (Yeah, nobody listens to the "don't judge a book by its cover" thing.) Novelists don't have a lot of control over them; publishers are the ones who make the cover art decisions, but it's still an important topic to discuss.
Those of you who have liked my Facebook page know I like to make, usually draw, my own covers. But to be honest, those usually aren't a representation of what I want for the actual cover. Most of the time, I draw them just to get a better sense of the characters or the story. For a real cover, aesthetic representation of the book's mood is the most important aspect, and that can be complicated to get right.
On a related note, YA author Maureen Johnson recently presented a very interesting challenge about gender-neutral covers. Check out this post with the slideshow at the bottom for that. It seriously makes you think. It also echoes a recent and progressing set of posts about sixth graders judging the way covers are done. The first post is here, with the links to the rest at the bottom.
With all that in mind, here are my own thoughts on book covers I love!
I like covers that are simple.
Yes. I like minimalistic covers with a clear focus, basic lettering, and preferably not an author tagline that's three miles high. (I'm talking to you, James Patterson.) I like one central symbol that's important to the book and that can catch the eye and offset the title. Por ejemple:
May 12th, tomorrow, is the official Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, chosen because it was also Florence Nightingale's birthday. Naturally, this is a day of reflection for me. Fibromyalgia is a rough condition to deal with. After all, it's an incurable, little-understood chronic pain and fatigue disorder, and every single one of those words brings new complications to the stage. As a disability rights activist and a fibromyalgia sufferer, I'm here to share a little bit about the condition.
Read my own story of how I developed and got diagnosed with fibromyalgia here. A good website for general information about this condition can be accessed here. If you'd like to buy fibro-themed products to share the love and help the cause, head over here.
Now to share some images related to the cause! Our official color is purple and the butterfly functions as our symbol. Check it out!
I just finished my freshman year of college! Wild, right? Well, I thought in honor of that, I would return to my College 101 feature and give you my final advice for the year. Those of you coming to college soon--pay attention. 😊
For the original series, go to the following links:
College 101 (Week One)
College 101 (Week Two)
College 101 (Week Three)
College 101 (Week Four)
Thanks for reading, and enjoy!
Stay true to yourself.
It sounds cliche, but college really is a time to discover yourself. Being away from home, you get a new perspective on life. I've changed a lot in the time since I started college. Like, a lot. But you want to change for the better.
So stay true to your heart and your morals, and don't push away what has been inside of you all this time. College has a lot of unconscious peer pressure, what with having roommates and all, so you have to rise above it. Remember who you are. Don't be afraid to explore, but explore in a way that doesn't harm you (or anyone else). One great thing about college is how much more accepting people generally are. You can be your real self in a way you never were before.
Disclaimer: The following is an emotionally fueled rant from the perspective of the artistic side of writing. Check out the followup post, What We Can Learn from James Patterson, for some thoughts on his work as a businessman.
If you're a reader, you've probably heard of James Patterson. He's written almost a hundred bestselling novels, and his sales numbers are off the charts. He's skipped around through different genres and categories, but some of his credits include the Alex Cross series and Maximum Ride.
This post is about the three reasons why I hate him.
I do not appreciate his book covers.
Just look at this. LOOK AT THIS.
This humor post shall be in honor of HISHE. For those of you who don't know, HISHE stands for How It Should Have Ended, and it's a YouTube channel where they take random movies and animate a "how it should have ended". They're hilarious.
I've shown you one, the original Hunger Games HISHE (which I don't agree with but still enjoy). Now, I'm gonna show you a bunch of the others, starting with the bonus scene from The Hunger Games HISHE and moving forward. There are a lot. If you don't have much time, just go for whatever catches your eye.
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