All right, guys, here's the second character guest post, by Mandy Gale from THE PSYCHIC STORY on stereotypes, including commentary by Darren Beamer (in blue). It's brief, but thanks for reading, and come back next time for June's humor post!
Hi guys! This is Mandy Gale. :) I'm here to talk to you about stereotypes, on Kira's request. 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 THE PSYCHIC STORY, to kind of help us. He'll be writing in blue.
Hi guys. I guess it's good to be here.
:) So anyway. stereotypes isn't only a huge factor in our own lives, but also a huge factor in writing stories for teens and preteens. I know this because I like to talk to Kira about these things. She's kind of nice, I suppose, honest to who we are when she wrote our story, at least. And I like to learn things.
*snort* Yeah you do.
Hush, Darren! Anyway, stereotypes are a huge part of middle and high school, which anyone who has been through school knows, unless you were at some different school where cliques didn't exist. Stereotypes define lots of modern culture, how you grow up, and especially, the way 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 talents and social groups.
The problem is, stereotypes aren't always right. Putting people in little groups is easy, and I guess it's how we work, as people. Judgments help us be safe, but pretty quick you start needing to move out of that. So when you're looking at stereotypes... you have to start playing with it.
Yes, Sage O'Riley from my book series THE CHOSEN FOUR (most notably, ON THE BRINK) and her post on How to Deal with Stupid Authors won the poll. However, to be fair to the many who voted otherwise, next time Mandy Gale from THE PSYCHIC STORY will be doing a guest post on stereotypes along with Darren Beamer.
Thanks for hanging in there, and enjoy the Sage! I was surprised, actually, at how much writing advice she had stored up in her brain.
Hello. Sage O'Riley here.
Before you start saying stupid things like "This post is on authors?" and "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 statements/questions is yes. Yes, I know I'm a book character. Yes, it's weird, but probably no weirder than you all who know you're being watched over and guided by God. Except God is perfect, and authors are not. Which is why I'm here to tell any you readers, and any other character who happens to have been granted momentary real-life computer access, how to deal with them.
Yes, I'm here, on the computer, freed from the cage of Kira's mad head in order to tell you all How to Deal with Stupid Authors.
Now shut up and let me talk.
It's weird that I'm posting this during the summer, when I'm not even at any of the jobs I'm about to extol, and, in fact, will not be returning to any of the following positions (although I super-hope I can get a similar post 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 post ideas lined up.
In this post, I'm gonna talk about my job history, ignoring the writing part, because my job history says a lot about me and my interests. I have... issues with jobs, you see. Mostly the part where way too many of them are boring.
So what jobs have I had, leading up to my semi-life changing post as copy editor at the ASU school newspaper, The Paw Print? Why don't we take a look-see?
OK, I'll be honest. I don't have the most spectacular job history, if you're talking actual jobs that aren't writing novels. I'm kind of lazy. Or stubborn. Or disabled. Whichever term you prefer, haha. At the center of all this lack of jobness, though, is my determination that any job I don't enjoy in some way will kill my spirit.
It's true, you know. I'm an artist. I don't do mediocre. Or... adult.
So the first job I ever got was... junior year of high school? Or was it sophomore? Something like that, anyway. I began over the summer before school, delivering papers to a route for The Los Alamos Monitor. Very small paper, very small salary.
A huge part of selling novels comes with the cover. Yeah, nobody listens to the "don't judge a book by its cover" thing. Or, at least, I don't. I suppose that's unfair, given how much it ticks me off when people judge a book by the first page, but for me it's the cover, followed by the blurb. The cover catches my eye (sometimes the title) and then the blurb is what'll get me to read the book.
So I thought I would give you some insights into what I think a good cover is. Now, 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. Most of the time, I draw those things just to get a better sense of the characters or the story, so the aesthetics aren't the issue.
For a real cover, the aesthetics would matter. Also, note that the publishers, not the authors, pick the covers for books. Which actually brings me to a recent, very interesting challenge presented by author Maureen Johnson about gender-neutral covers. Check out this post with the slideshow at the bottom for that. It's seriously legit, and makes you think. This echoes a recent and progressing set of posts about sixth graders judging the way covers are done. The first post is here, the links to the rest are at the bottom of said post.
With all that in mind, here's my opinion of the type of book covers I love!
I like covers that are simple.
Yes. I like covers with a simple focus, simple lettering, and preferably not an author's tagline that's three miles high (I'm talking to you, James Patterson). The ones with a simple symbol work the best, I think, something important to the book that can catch the eye and off-set the title. Por ejemple:
*Updated March 2017*
May 12th, which happened a few days ago, 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 and struggles to the stage. So, 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. FA 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 and memes related to the cause! Our official color is purple and the butterfly functions as our symbol. Check it out!
So I just finished my freshman year of college. Crazy, right? Well, I thought in honor of that, I would return to ye old installment of College 101, and give you my final advice summary for the year. Those of you coming to college soon--pay attention. :)
For the original series, go to the following links:
College 101 Part 1
College 101 Part 2
College 101 Part 3
College 101 Part 4
Thanks for reading, and enjoy! I'll see all y'all next time for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
Always stay true to yourself.
It sounds cliche, but college really is a time to discover yourself. Being away from home, you get a completely different perspective on things. I've changed a lot in the time since I started college. Like, a lot. The point is to change for the better.
Stay true to your morals, to your dreams of a better self, and don't push away from everything that has been inside of you all this time. College has a lot of peer pressure underneath it, so you have to rise above. Remember who you are, and you'll do magnificently. Don't be afraid to explore, but explore in a place that doesn't make you worse off. A great thing about college is how much more accepting people are as a whole. You can be your real self in a way you never were before, and it'll be fine.
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.
Many of you have probably heard of James Patterson, or at least, of his writing. He's written almost a hundred bestselling novels, and his sales numbers are off the charts. He's skipped around through different genres and age groups, but some of his credits include the Alex Cross series, Witch and Wizard, and Maximum Ride.
This post is about the three reasons why I hate him. (Or, to be more specific, his "artistic" choices.)
I do not appreciate his book covers.
Just look at this. LOOK AT THIS.
Well hey guys. I thought, since I haven't done many of "My Favorites" style posts in a while, I'd just round up the old ones for you to go reread or check out if you'd like. Also, if you've got some favorites to ask me about, let me know, and I might do a post on those! *Check out my updated favorites from June 2014 here.*
Thanks for your support!
Unexpectedly Good Books
Quotes on Writing
This humor post, if you don't mind, 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 phenomenon of sorts, where they take random movies and animate a "how it should have ended". Occasionally they do other amusing shorts, or mix movies together. They're hilarious.
I've shown you one, the original Hunger Games HISHE (which I don't agree with but still enjoy). I didn't show you the Harry Potter one because I don't like it. But 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. Apologies for that. If you don't have much time, just go for whatever catches your eye. I promise, though, these are worth it.
Enjoy, and come back next time for a roundup of "My Favorites" posts!
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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