Sunday, 25 March 2012

Tolkien Reading Day, Judy Blume Is *Not* Too Tame, and Lucky Seven

Yes it's that time of year again: Tolkien Reading Day. I'm in the middle of rereading the second book of the History of Middle Earth, the Book of Lost Tales, Part Two. I love, especially, all the connections to Old English, which reminds me that these tales are part of the history of the British Isles. Well they are.

Our local paper featured an article the other day called "Does Judy Blume matter anymore? Today's kids find her stories too tame."

While I understand that kids these days are exposed to life's so-called realities a lot earlier than they used to be, I object to the idea that "life is infinitely more complicated for girls today." It is not. Sure we have more activities, less chores, more distractions - especially online - but I hope that for girls under the age of 12, there are still friendships to be made, lessons to be learned, and new discoveries to be made every day. Given all that, any guideposts along the road, any nuggets of wisdom from books about characters who are struggling, have a value that can't be dismissed.

Candy Lynn tagged me in the Lucky 7!


"1. Go to page 77 of your current MS
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs - and post them as they're written. No cheating
4. Tag 7 authors
5. Let them know"

It's not easy finding page 77 on Scrivener. But once I've exported Rome, Rhymes and Risk into Word, I get:

Her hesitance must have shown in her face, for Cem insisted that she not risk further hurt.

"I am rather shaken," she admitted. "And my wrist aches, but I do not need my wrist to walk. I do not wish to [hinder] anyone else."

"Of course not," he agreed. "The others may go on, and I'll have the guide return and lead us at a more leisurely pace. Until then, I am willing to remain behind, so that you need not wait alone."

Now isn't that funny. This is the continuation of the same scene I used in part two of my Rule of Three blogfest story.

So what happens when Ayten and Cem are left alone on the side of the mountain? We shall see... This is about where I stopped editing two weeks ago and started completing the kilt hose. More on that soon.

I'll tag anyone who feels like sharing a snip - I hope you all do!

14 comments:

Nas Dean said...

Ohh! Nice snippet! Intriguing and interesting!

Candy Lynn Fite said...

Yes, I agree, great 7, Deniz! :) Do you like Scrivener? I've heard lots of good things.

Btw, great article on Judy Blume's books. I read them when I was growing up and loved them. But, I've found that what I read as a 12-13 year old, the girls are reading the same books (including Blume) at the age of nine or so. At least when I worked in the library those were who checked out her books.

Romance Book Haven said...

Great post re Judy Blume's books.

Intersting snippet from your WIP.

Cherie Reich said...

Great excerpt for the Lucky 7 Meme! And I didn't know about Tolkien Reading Day.

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks Nas!

I love Scrivener, Candy! I guess you're right about Blume - girls who read her seem to get younger and younger...

Thanks Romance and Cherie!

Nadja Notariani said...

Great excerpt, Deniz! Definitely a teaser ;)

As for Judy Blume books, I think parents should encourage their kids (esp girls) to read her stories. Facing your class with hidden insecurities threatening to 'out' you is a timeless issue. And being teased - or teasing - again, timeless. Although on the other hand...I remember reading 'Blubber'(please tell me this was a Judy Blume book...otherwise this will be embarassing...lol) because there was a curse word in the book! That was risque when I was young. No one cursed. You'd be eating soap if caught. Really. Now...I hear the f-bomb dropped almost daily as middle school students walk down my street.

Do you think that with smart phones, ipods, ipads, and laptops that youth are 'too connected' to want to 'unplug' - to take a step back and consider themselves and the world around them through the mirror of a story? I wonder.

I have a hard time getting my 15 year old to read. When he finds a novel he enjoys, he blows through it; however, it's hard to hit that magic formula that sucks him in.

Geez...I wrote a tome...sorry :}

Susan Fields said...

I love your excerpt - sounds like some exciting is coming! I posted this same Sevens meme at my blog today, too.

The Golden Eagle said...

Intriguing excerpt!

And what a coincidence about the REN3 story. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

I agree, Nadja - kids come to these books at a younger and younger age cos they're already exposed to so much.
"take a step back and consider themselves and the world around them through the mirror of a story?" - I hope so!! I love how reading lets me do that.

Coming by now, Susan!

I liked that coincidence, Eagle :-)

maine character said...

You really got some old-time tone in your snippet.

And can you tell us what the bracket around [hinder] is for?

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks maine! Oops, I missed that bracket. I always use those in drafts to indicate doubtful word choices or bits that need more research...

maine character said...

Very cool. I use parenthesis if I'm not sure about a certain word, and this is the first I've seen anyone else who's doing the same.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

nice voice here! and can feel the heat just from those few sentences. Great stuff! thanks for sharing.

Deniz Bevan said...

I used to scribble piles of notes in the margins, maine - got the square bracket idea from Diana Gabaldon!

Thank you so much Terry Lynn!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The War of the Jewels - Book 11 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Hierophant by Lee-Ann Dalton (short story)
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • beta read!
  • Ode on Venice by Lord Byron (poem)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Lucky by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Trouble by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway (short story; reread but I really don't remember it after 20 years)
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier (reread)
  • Sing a Long Children's Songs
  • Emily's First Christmas
  • Up At the Villa by Somerset Maugham (novella)
  • Telling Stories by Tim Burgess
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  • Sophie's Throughway by Jules Smith
  • Baby Animals (Little Golden Books)
  • The House That Jack Built (Little Golden Books)
  • Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Books)
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Books)
  • Morgoth's Ring - Book 10 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Who's A Pest by Crosby Bonsall
  • Mine's the Best by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • The Case of the Hungry Stranger by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • extracts from the diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2)
  • extracts from Lord Byron's letters about Villa Diodati
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
  • Ite Missa Est by Anthony Martignetti
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton (essay)
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • Preludes by Wordsworth (extracts read aloud)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves
  • Dance Me A Dream by Kait Nolan (ARC)
  • Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan
  • England and Switzerland, 1802 by William Wordsworth (poem)
  • Once Upon A New Year's Eve by Kait Nolan
  • short story by Becky Morgan (http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Books_and_Writers_Community/Writers_Exercises/Becky_Morgans_December_X/ws-books/85291.1?nav=messages)
  • Blood In Blood Out by Brenda Novak (short story)
  • That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch (short story)
  • Distraction by J. L. Campbell
  • Humble Bundle Peanuts collection (strips by Charles Schulz)
  • Peanuts Volumes I to VI (bought via Humble Bundle; very disappointing as it's mostly new strips -- how is that even allowed?!)
  • Sandals and Sangria by Talli Roland (short story)
  • Over the Hump by Talli Roland (short story)
  • issues of Journal of Inklings Studies and Amon Hen and Mallorn (Tolkien Society)
  • Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier
  • Babar and his Family by Laurent de Brunhoff
  • Illusions Lost by Byron A. Maddox (short story)
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • Lost My Name book for Emily (https://www.lostmy.name/)
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • Neil Gaiman comics on Sequential app
  • Moranology by Caitlin Moran
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html