Tag Archives: YA

The culmination of a project

When I first got out of school and was starting to develop Silverstring Media, I started a writing project called Azrael’s Stop. It started off as this big experimental thing on Twitter, using a bunch of different types of media, … Continue reading

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Project Concordia: A Protagonist

When creating the concept for a story, developing a setting without developing plot or characters is silly. It’s the characters that will be the focus of the actual story, creating the narrative by navigating the plot they’re thrown into. The … Continue reading

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Launching an Experimental Story Project

One week ago, I launched a writing project called Azrael’s Stop. Far from traditional writing, it’s an experiment in unorthodox narrative, serial fiction, and transmedia storytelling theory. It’s live now at azraelsstop.com The Structure Azrael’s Stop is an experimental transmedia … Continue reading

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Shotgun Gravy is Spot On

Yesterday, I read a novella Chuck Wendig wrote called Shotgun Gravy. He calls it maybe noir, maybe YA. I thought, “Really? YA noir? I’ll believe it when I see it, Mr. Wendig.” I believe it. Not only is Shotgun Gravy … Continue reading

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IS YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE RUINING OUR CHILDREN? A TRICK QUESTION

Today’s post is based on this article entitled A YA Op-Ed Mad Lib, For Your Editorial-Writing Convenience, a jab at all those bad articles about YA. I have filled it in for my own amusement. Enjoy. Now, first of all, … Continue reading

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Living Out

Today is National Coming Out Day. I’ve written about this kind of thing a lot, so I don’t know that I have much more to say, except perhaps a few pieces of advice, after Maureen Johnson sent out a call … Continue reading

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Speaking Out — Drawn from Life

Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up was released last week from Bold Stroke Books. It’s an anthology of stories about young queer kids dealing with and overcoming homophobia and transphobia. And I wrote one of the stories in it. “Subtle … Continue reading

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Character Development in Harry Potter

In my last post, I talked about one of the criticisms I’ve heard of the Harry Potter series — namely that its theme of good vs. evil is too simplistic. Another criticism I’ve come across is the lack of character … Continue reading

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Black and White and Grey: Morality as a Theme

There’s no doubt that a lot of people love the Harry Potter series, but there are also many who discount it for various reasons — that it’s too simplistic, that the writing isn’t great, etc. Even sometimes people who love … Continue reading

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Rowling’s Brilliant Storytelling

As I said in my last post, in the month leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Very Long Subtitle, I re-read the entirety of the Harry Potter series. I hadn’t read any of the books since … Continue reading

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