I have been all over the place lately! I set several different goals for myself and because I had so many things I wanted to do, of course none of them got done. My current word count for the sequel to my novel is at around 5k. Certainly not where I was planning to be by now when I said I was going to write 1500 words a day… a month ago.
If I can keep on track, however, from here on out… I should still be in decent shape for my Sept 1st self-imposed deadline. My plan for this weekend, since I don’t have anything going on, is to reach 10k by Monday. Double my current word count.
On the bright side, I did start learning Italian. On the down side, I did start slacking even more on reading Game of Thrones. Or any other book, for that matter. I have two manuscripts sitting by just waiting for me and I find myself lacking time. Of course, I know where the time goes and I’m hoping to cut down on distractions and keep myself focused.
Not hoping to. Must. I must cut down on distractions and keep myself focused.
The good news is, I have a lot of ideas and words are flowing naturally. So I’m keeping at it. Stay tuned and feel free to kick my butt as often as you deem necessary.
Okay… it’s really early for lunch. But maybe I’m secretly a little old lady trying to get the Early Bird special at my local Denny’s… you don’t know.
Some food for thought… in the form of links… thus my wildly clever title.
This first one, written by S.E. Smith for the Daily Dot, discusses some theories on the popularity and also the backlash against the recent boom in YA novel sales and their expanding readership. While I don’t agree with all the points in the article, it does make some really good ones. Particularly about the changing world and the struggles of a new generation with different ideals still fighting to throw off the imposed expectations of their elders.
The next article I’m sharing talks about the effort being made to write and depict female characters that are more well-rounded, interesting, strong, and not just catalysts and cheerleaders for the stronger, male hero. While we’ve come a long way with this, Robinson points out that just coming upwith “Strong Female Characters” isn’t getting us nearly far enough. Too often we see these fantastic females- with rich back stories and an abundance of ass-kicking skills- fall short when we get to the real meat of the story. She calls into play the Bechdel Test, something I’ve become more aware of in recent memory, as well as other great articles and comics to demonstrate the stereotypes, sexuality disguised as non-sexuality, and other short comings the entertainment industry (whether, books, television, film) still has to over come.
Finally… I originally had this article linked within the paragraph above, because Robinson does use it in her own article. However, I found it to be so compelling, well-written, and thought-provoking, that I felt it deserved its own separate paragraph. Sophia McDougall takes it one step further by expressing rancor at the term “Strong Female Character” and asks for one who is - shock and horror - well-rounded. A female who is a real person… who can be a hero without having to demonstrate over-the-top antics to prove she’s just as strong as the guys… who can be herself and be fantastic, and still shine. It speaks to a recent conversation I had with Alaina (I’m going to link her forever until you follow her blogs… so just do it) about how… in the quest for equality… women have been forced to give up their femininity.. and that, in and of itself, is not equality. That is conformity to a male world.
BUT… that is another blog entry entirely. I could write volumes. This blog isn’t about that.. overtly… so, another time.
For now, I recommend any and all of these articles.. which is why they’re here on my blog for your reading pleasure.
Every year for the past… oh… I dunno… 6 or 7 years, I have stage managed the Interactive Dance Stage at the Cambridge River Festival, in Cambridge Massachusetts. It is always one of my most favorite events to participate in. The dancing is fantastic on my stage and I know the theater stage, music, family stage, and all the other activities, crafts, and vendors are just, well- awesome!
This year is a little different. Because not only am I stage managing again this year, I also have a stall to promote and sell my book! Not only that but this is different from the WUTE festival I did last month, because my great friend Tom Rauseo and his lovely wife will be sharing the stall with me and selling their custom tables!
Dude. I mean- Dude. This is going to be SO MUCH FUN! Alaina is coming down again to help out, since I have to do double duty and she’s nothing short of awesome. And it just promises to be a fantastic day.
So… come on by (we’re conveniently located right across from the Dance Stage) and say hello. Check out the book, the tables, and just have some fun on the streets of Cambridge. [Keep in mind, the festival is in Central Square this year on Mass Ave while Memorial Drive undergoes construction.]