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 North Star is Nearer by Evelyn Eaton
  • The Christie Notebooks by John Curran
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • First and Second Things by C. S. Lewis
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
  • Every Month Was May by Evelyn Eaton
  • Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan
  • secret beta!
  • Smoke by Catherine McKenzie
  • In Two Aeroplanes Over the Sea by Amanda Palmer (poem)
  • Jim at the Corner by Eleanor Farjeon
  • Finding Fraser by kc dyer
  • Mother Tongue -- The Story of the English Language by Bill Bryson
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
  • The Lord Fish by Walter de la Mare
  • The Going To Bed Book by S Boynton
  • The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  • Subterranean Scalzi Super featuring To Sue the World (an original, very short Redshirts story available nowhere else) Muse of Fire Mallet of Loving Correction Lock In, Lost Chapters (available nowhere else) How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story An Election Judge Sn Goes Golfing Questions for a Soldier The Sagan Diary The Tale of the Wicked The God Engines You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi
  • Emily Goes to Market by William Mayne
  • Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (reread)
  • Colours Are Nice (Little Golden Book)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
  • The Captive Diary of Catherine Logan by Mary Pope Osborne (Dear America)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (reread)
  • The Poky Puppy (Little Golden Book) (abridged)
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (reread)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • secret beta read 2
  • Pre-Fix: A Ciel Halligan Short Story by Linda Grimes
  • Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • Usborne board books
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
  • secret beta read!
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
  • HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
  • Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
  • January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
  • Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
  • William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Her Ladyship's Companion by Joanna Bourne
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Mes P'tits Contes, legends of Swiss cantons
  • 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