Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Please Make Your Kids Like Me

What? Too much? Too soon?

I know, I know, still 5+ months to go until The Pull of Gravity launches...

But see, that's just the thing. I need your kids here, now, distracting, er, interacting with me, giving me feedback, stomping their feet at the stuff we don't like and exalting at the stuff that we do like. Because how else do I pass the time?

I know you grown up guys come here, and sure, you're great, but you've got my Facebook page and that Trying to Stay Afloat place where I talk about jellyfish stings, and getting older and how much I hate to do laundry.

Ok, fine, no offense, but it's just that you're stuffy and BO-ring.

So, I want your 12+ kids! Especially if they love to read or write because I'd LOVE to do some of that kind of stuff here: post excerpts from new manuscripts and see what they think, get their critiques (have you ever shown your words to a 14 yr old kid? They're ruthless and honest! It's glorious!!!). I also want to read their words (er, not too too many of them, but small bites) and give feedback to them too. Did you know there's a new publisher who plans to focus solely on teen authors? It's the best time for a young adult to write! I want them to come here and "talk" to me, so we can inspire each other. I'd like to talk YA books with them, and have them help me spread the word.

So, if you've got any of those kind of kids floating around, please send them here to me. Tell them to introduce themselves in the comment section and let's get some sort of bloggy thing going.

Because what's the writer's life in this day and age without some sort of bloggy thing going?

-gae

22 comments:

  1. Hi,
    My name is Jackie. My dad has told me about your book. I can't wait to read it. Will you sign it for me?
    Thank you Mrs. Polisner. Jackie

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  2. Hi, Jackie! Welcome! I have your dad's book too (well, really a friend of mine has it because she saw it on top of my To Read pile and took it from me because I couldn't get to it yet >:( ).

    I will happily sign a book for you, and since I know you live near by, hopefully, you'll actually be able to come to my launch party in the spring. I plan to have cupcakes there, so what else do we really need? ;) Do you write/love to read? Do you have some favorite books that you think are "must reads?"

    - gae

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  3. Ya i like to read and write. My book is called 4ever 14: shattered. one of my fav books is "Life as we knew it" by Susan Pfeffer. my friend is writing this amazing book and ill send you some of it when i get chance from homework :)! but thanks for the invite and ill make sure i tell my friends about your website. Thanks- Jax

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  4. Ok, I guess not surprising that you write -- in the genes and all. :) Still, I'm happy to have my first teen writer here. When I "collect" a few more, I'll announce a few regular features... I think I might call one, Come Rip Me to Shreds ;)

    As for the title of your book, hmmm. It sounds intense. %\. Don't post any of it or your friend's writing yet (especially NOT without her permission!). Save it for when I get something going. I'm thinking I might make it a friday feature. That way, if I spend too much time here, I'll have the weekend to catch up. :)

    -gae

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  5. k! :) I love to swim too. My dad says you swim a bunch. -Jax

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  6. dear mrs. polisner, i can't wait to read your book!

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  7. Jax, I do. I swim a bunch. Underwater is one of my favorite places, but, alas, I have to come up to breathe sometimes. :) And, BTW, I googled Life As We Knew It and realized I have eyed that book before. It looks great! Adding it to my (huge) reading pile. Here's the link if others want to check it out. http://www.amazon.com/Life-Knew-Susan-Beth-Pfeffer/dp/0152058265

    Christine, good try, but you fall in the stuffy, BO-RING category and you must now leave. :) (truth: Christine is neither stuffy nor boring and is a gorgeous writer and writes gorgeously, too. ;))

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  8. Hello Mrs. Polisner,
    My name is Caroline and my former teacher told me to come and comment. I am also really excited to read your book!

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  9. Caroline is my former student, Gae :) And she's a super fabulous writer!

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  10. Hi, Caroline,

    (and everyone may just call me Gae. :))

    So, glad to see you here. A few more and I'm going to launch a friday feature for starters and then take it from there. I'd rather play here than do my laundry anyway (or, work on my WIP this week, apparently as I've hit a momentary wall). FYI, here, and in the writing world for those who don't know, WIP = Work In Progress.

    *Note to self, make glossary somewhere :)*

    And, Sarah, are you sure she's super fabulous?! Because, I don't mind fabulous, but I don't want anyone whose going to show me up and make me look bad. ;)

    More soon!

    -gae

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  11. Your very welcome :) Also, anyone who wants to do laundry over playing on their blog or computer is nuts. Im totally on your side about being on here and not in the laundry room.

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  12. Well, I'm probably still nuts, just not in the laundry way. :)

    Tell me quick what type of stuff you write and your favorite book or two.

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  13. I write on my blog, I sort of? started a story but never went anywhere past the second paragraph. Would like like the link to the mini story?

    Hmmm two favorite books, Nightshade; Andrea Cremer and Unwind; Neal Shusterman.

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  14. save the mini story for when (if?) you'll play the critique game here with me when I get rolling? And, ooh, Andrea Cremer sounds familiar. Haven't read her. I'm gonna go check her out. And I read The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman out loud to my boys a few years ago which we enjoyed.

    So, if I get things going here after the holidays here, you'll play along? :)

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  15. okay, as my younger son would say (and would KILL ME for saying here): kewl. :)

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  16. This is cute to watch! Well-done.

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  17. I'm Ellie and my friend Caroline (above)told me about this on facebook and I also saw her mention of you on her bloggy thing lol

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  18. Jody, these kids, i bet they can smell the terror in my words. ;)

    Ellie, THRILLED to have you here. Bloggy critique stuff going on here in about a week or so! :)

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  19. The Class of 2k11 including my friend Megan (Never Eighteen, Graphia 2010) and I are MadLibbing YA's here: http://www.classof2k11.com/?p=936

    Come take a stab at your favorite. :D

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  20. OK, guys, friday's FRIDAY FEEDBACK post is coming. In which I give you a sneak peek at the first several paragraphs of one of my Young Adult WIP's (Work In Progress) and ask for your honest critique. The rules are simple. They'll be posted Friday. And you're welcome and invited to provide me with an excerpt of your own. So, look through your own writing for something to post. I hope you'll "play" along.

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  21. The First-ever Friday Feedback post is up. I hope you will all participate! :)

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