Open Wounds


Words from W. Goldman

I’ve got inspiration on Go check it out. There are also still two writing contests open (yesterdays scrabbliscious and last Mondays prompt with Raife), a raffle for five books by the blog’s writers, and a copy of Cheryl Rainfield’s Scars.

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.
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Three Chicks and a Guy

“Got Teen Fiction?” coming on the 23rd – a joint blog endeavor with three other YA authors (Karen DelleCavaShari Berger Maurer & Selene Bayrack- Castrovilla.). Okay… I’ll tell you the truth, the first name for this joint blog that was put on the table was Three Chicks and a Guy. Okay it might have been three chicks and Joe. In either case, I couldn’t deal with the stress so we went with Got Teen Fiction. Much better.

We all write realistic fiction (so far but who knows?) and all three of my colleagues are terrific writers so if you havne’t checked out their sites take a look to see what they’ve written. Key in any teens (teachers) you know for our contests. Every week we’ll have a short writing contest with the winner(s) getting published on the blog and getting a prize. The first contest will have a good one!

Writing is the subject. Teen fiction is the genre. January 23rd is the launch.

Book mark now:

This Kid Reviews Books

Open Wounds was reviewed today by a most unusual book blogger and his mom. This Kid Reviews Books is a book blog run by a young gentleman named Erik and his Mom (otherwise known as Erik’s Mom). Normally Erik reviews all the books but he’s 9 (just like my son) and Open Wounds has some mature themes (rated 15 and up) that would not be appropriate for him. Fortunately for me, Erik’s Mom loved my book and reviewed it for him in a tag-team project. Erik interviewed me on his blog along with her review. His interview questions are unique and original.

Stop by his blog to check out the review and interview and drop him and his mom a comment to let them know what you think and to enter the contest for a signed copy of my book.

Day 11: Dueling Dragons and Frida Khalo Treasure Hunt

My wife’s family is safely ensconced in our apartment – having to evacuate Rockaway Beach where they live before Irene hits. They have found the inflatable mattresses and as of this moment know how to work the cable remote and therefore the TV. We’ve been watching the weather report here. The sky is dark here also and the threat of thunderstorms – a constant in August anyway in Florida – has shut down the pool. We’re all reading, gaming, blogging in the giant lobby sitting in comfy chairs. Soon I will be drinking tea.

Earlier we made our last visit to Harry Potter-land. We will miss it. Tomorrow we leave. I left my stomach on the dueling dragon ride. Karen and Max watched me disappear into the gated line after viewing all the dozen or so warnings about quick turns, sudden drops, 360’s, and backward somersaults. Unless you are in perfect health and above 5’4″ you are not allowed to pass and ride the beast.

I rode the blue dragon.

It did indeed flip me over, twirl me around, make me go upside down and inside out all at an incredible pace and with centrifugal force keeping me plastered to my suspended seat. Yes, it is a suspended car roller coaster. I love these things. The whole ride lasted less than a minute and I felt mildly ill afterwards, even had some trouble walking straight for a few minutes after landing. But it was cool. Once was enough though, until next time.

Back to the treasure hunt I promised yesterday. So here it is. Frida Khalo is in my book, somewhere. Aldo Nadi is too but he is named and easy to find. Frida had a slightly larger part in an earlier version of the book but was scaled back in the finished version of Open Wounds. Find her. Tell me what page she’s on and what made you think it’s her. Here’s a hint. You can find her with four letter words. Now start the hunt.