Thursday, July 11, 2019

Happy(?) Hot Dog Month

by Jody Feldman


It’s Hot Dog Month! Who knew?

When I was kid, playing at my friends’ houses, often – maybe not often, but it felt that way – the moms would give us hot dogs for lunch. I’d smile, chew mine down, swallow, and reach for the chips to get a different taste in my mouth. I tried ketchup. Nope. Mustard. Nope. Nothing helped.

I think it’s like that with books sometimes. We avoid a genre because it’s not our taste. If you’d asked me years ago about reading historical nonfiction, I might have said, “Historical what?” and laughed. But suddenly, I’ve found myself not only reading nonfiction, but adult nonfiction. Already this summer I've read Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy, but I also just checked out Saving Italy by Robert M. Edsel. (Suddenly a WWII theme? Again, who knew?) Sure, I prefer fiction. And I prefer MG and YA. But tastes change...in reading and writing.

I happen to write contemporary middle grade novels. If someone, as recently as last year, had asked, “Would you ever consider writing a YA thriller?” I would have smiled, swallowed down the thought, and said, “It’s probably not my taste.” But tastes change. I am still writing MG, but there may just be a YA thriller in the offing. Maybe two. Or more.

As for hot dogs? How am I now? Offer me a big, fat, juicy Hebrew National quarter pounder with mustard, or toss in some sauerkraut and dill pickles, and I’m there, plate in hand.
Like I said, tastes change.

6 comments:

  1. I love hot dogs, too, but give me mine with mustard, chili and slaw. Yum! I also love reading and writing historical fiction.

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    1. Mustard, chili, and slaw? Hmm. Might have to give that a go!

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  2. This is so true! I'm gravitating more and more to sci-fi.

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    1. I just saw the movie MAIDEN, a documentary. And now, I think I need to see more documentaries. It goes like that, doesn't it?

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  3. Ooh! This makes me excited to give myself encouragement to try something new. And hungry for a hot dog, too.

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