Friday, November 19, 2010

Falling Down



There are so many parts about the publishing industry that knock you down and make you want to stay there. From the plot issues that keep us awake at night, to that first critique (not the one from your mom) that makes you want to hide under your bedcovers for days.

This is not an easy industry. This is not an easy profession. And we choose it anyway--we get back up.

We are not the kind to give up. We are strong and we persevere. Whether the words to be written are as daunting as your first synopsis or as exciting as the long awaited--The End. Every step of this journey takes effort and a super-human amount of patience.

I wanted to take today, not long before Thanksgiving, and say thank you to all my fellow writers. Thank you for not giving up, even when your stack of rejection letters and the Ben & Jerrys in the freezer are telling you it's the best idea.

Thank you for writing the books (published or not) that I love to read.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

No Ordinary Family



Ah, November, why must you keep me so busy?

I've found a new love. We've only spent a few hours together, but I'm smitten. So smitten, in fact, that I make time to watch it on Hulu every week. For those of you who haven't had a chance to check out No Ordinary Family on abc, (for shame!) let me tell you what you're missing.

This is a family friendly show that starts with your typical family. Everyone is too busy, all drifting apart and no one is really happy...until they try to go on a family vacation, get in a plane crash in some remote rain forest, and end up with super powers.

Here is what makes it awesome. The super powers don't solve all their problems, in fact, they cause a whole bucketload of new ones. The main thing that the super powers give them is something in common with each other that they can't really tell anyone else. It brings the family closer and I love the dynamic. As they learn to use their powers, they learn to rely on each other in new ways.

It's witty, and interesting and as a YA writer, I'm pretty picky about the way teens are portrayed on TV. These teens are great. Very true to life, well acted and awesome.

Anyway, if you can't tell, I like it. Check it out and let me know what you think.