Open Wounds

You Got Milk and I Got Teen Fiction

Raife pulls a knife...

Got Teen Fiction blog starts today.

I wrote the first post.

It is supposed to be edgy. You can tell me if it is or is not. I will tell you that my colleagues helped me to edit it. We took out words like sodomy and BOP-POCL (BUREAU OF PERNICIOUS POWER OVER CHILDREN’S LITERATURE), but we left in shit.

It’s the first post and my colleagues were a little nervous about those words – except shit which we left in, like I said, but they were still nervous about it. Shit makes people nervous. So does the word sodomy. It was in reference to the last 14 states taking their sodomy laws off their books in 2003. Now at least you have context.

I see their point though. They’re telling teachers and schools to go visit our site – to send students there and if that’s the first thing they see they might be turned off and never come back – not the students, the teachers. I wrote two tamer versions of this post and my colleagues said they were too tame. I’m glad they went for the edgier version even with the edits. Working together in a group is an opportunity for constant compromise. That’s group work. I’m a group worker. I work in a group. And that’s no shit.
It’s funny because all three of my colleagues have written books that are realistic in each of their fictional worlds with heroines that are tough. Some are not shy about language either, or sex.
It has taken us four months to put this blog together, to organize it, to lay it out, advertise, and now post. We’re all in the NYC metropolitan area (one Jersey girl). I think it’s going to be a good site. I’m looking forward to contributing.
Here’s what there’ll be this week:
  • Today a writing prompt for a 100 word piece which, if chosen, will be published in two Fridays. Anyone can submit – teens, adults, anyone.
  • Wednesday is quote day and
  • Friday is an interview with Cheryl Rainfield (of Scars and Hunted fame).
I’ll be up the following week with a quote and some words of wisdom. We’ll also have a contest to win all five of our published books (including my Open Wounds) – all you’ll have to do is become a follower on the site.
No shit.
Check it out.
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3 responses

  1. Whoa. You’re really throwing down, eh?

    January 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

    • I went crazy. Just for a moment, more than I usually am. And… how about those Giants?

      January 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

  2. Oh yeah. I was hoping the Ravens could pull it off, only because I’m sick of the Pats in the big show, but it will be kind of interesting to see the so-called rematch.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:17 am

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