Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Today, Ari Goelman is joining Smack Dab In The Middle Blog for a guest “middleview” interview. Ari’s debut middle grade novel THE PATH OF NAMES, Arthur A. Levine, released earlier this month, on May 1, 2013! Congratulations, Ari!
Here is Ari’s biography:
And now it’s time to hear from our guest:
Smack Dab Middleview With THE PATH OF NAMES Author Ari Goelman
1. What does your main character, Dahlia, want?
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Teensy-Weensy, Itty-Bitty, VERY SMALL Steps (May Theme: Getting Through Tough Times) by Claudia Mills
Like many writers, I’m an inveterate list-maker. Right now I am staring at my to-do list for May, with 151 items on the list. But – and here is the tie-in to this month’s theme on how to get through tough times – the items on this list are, every single one of them, very, very small. Whenever I am overwhelmed with the magnitude of whatever it is I need to face in my life (that is to say, all of the time), my strategy for proceeding is to break down what I need to face into the smallest possible units that I can stand facing.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Like Bob (whose entry really, really moved me), writing has been my biggest savior during the tough times in my life. While I was going through a painful divorce in my mid-twenties, I barely managed to produce any fiction, but I journalled compulsively, letting out all my overwhelming, out-of-control emotions in a safe place where they could be both expressed AND contained. (This was a paper diary, not a blog! It was written absolutely just for me.)
Several years later, happily remarried and living in a different country, I was diagnosed with M.E./CFS: a longterm, chronic illness that can't be cured. Because of the illness, I had to give up my job. Many days, I couldn't even get up off my couch. I didn't know how to adjust to the new life stretching out in front of me as I lay there on the couch. I sank into despair.
What saved me, emotionally? Writing, yet again. I gave up the "serious" adult novel I'd been working on and started writing the first of my Kat books, Kat, Incorrigible, instead. Following Kat in her fabulous magical adventures, as she leaped on highwaymen's horses, battled snobby aristocrats, and caught true loves for her older sisters, made me laugh and remember how to be happy again myself. Kat's coming-of-age journey, across the course of her trilogy (which just finished, with Stolen Magic published last month) accompanied my own gradual adaptation to a new, wonderful life despite my illness.
What about you guys? What saved you in your own tough times?
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Twenty-one years ago on a cold November evening at 5:35 p.m. my daughter Faith was born. She was born at twenty-two weeks gestation and weighed in at 450 grams. I learned that day that there are 454 grams in a pound. Not a fact I carried around in my head up to that point.
I've never been a journal or diary writer, but from that first scary night when the doctor urged us to just keep our daughter warm and let her pass on, to the wonderful ride home from the hospital five months later, I found myself taking notes compulsively as we plunged into a crash course in neonatology. I wrote down all the numbers that came flying at us; blood gas levels, respirator rates, oxygen percentages, heart rate, medicine dosages, as well as anything and everything nurses or doctors actually said.
|Faith Krech, Guilford College Sophomore|
I know I've also used writing to explore, express, and figure out my feelings on different issues and situations in the world at large and in my own personal life, both past and present. Often it's easier and more effective for me to write it out than talk it out. Sometimes I can retreat into the writing and take a break in that imaginary world I've constructed there. It can be an escape, but also a place to work on "stuff." As well as a tool to help cope and sort things when it all gets crazy. Certainly not a bad thing to have during tough times.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Here is Polly’s biography:
Here are links to Polly online: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Amazon
Now it’s time to hear from our guest:
Smack Dab Middleview with THE NEPTUNE PROJECT author Polly Holyoke