First of all, I want to thank everyone who read and commented on the interview with Harry Bingham. He’s a great guy in addition to being a top notch writer so thanks!
Secondly, the Query Spoof Contest ends Thursday night- May 27th! Everyone who wants to win a one hour over-the-phone publishing consultation with an author-editor at The Writer’s Workshop (yes -they do read your work and talk to you about where you should be going with it) should get cracking! Also up for grabs is a critique of your first 30 pages by the members of the 3Critics Club, and third prize is a bottle of champagne or chocolates sent from yours truly.
I don’t know if ya’ll have noticed a change in my side bar but Creepy finally succumbed to the pressure and joined
I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing and the 140 character limit is a constant slap in the face since I'm an over-writer by nature.
Finally, I want to shout out a huge CONGRATS to Elana Johnson who received news last week of a book deal! Wherever you are Elana (and seriously I wouldn’t be surprised to hear you’re out running naked in the streets, walking on water, or hand gliding after news like that) – You are an inspiration to us all!
Now without further ado: Monday’s Misdemeanor
I wasn’t one of those girls who would sneak out of her window at night to go meet up with a group of delinquent kids. Oh no. I was the kind of girl that would sneak out of OTHER people’s windows to meet up. Translation: The only time I ever ‘snuck out’ was while sleeping over at my friends’ houses. For some reason it felt safer- at least if we got caught it wouldn’t be MY parents doing the catching. Not that there won’t be karmic retributions somewhere down the road…
In any case, it got me thinking. ‘Breaking Curfew’ has been used as a YA plot device ever since Romeo threw stones at Juliette’s window. I mean, how much trouble would Harry, Ron and Hermione have gotten into if they had just stopped roaming the castle or sneaking out to see Hagrid after hours?
I realized that I use ‘Breaking Curfew’ in both of my novels but the question is why? And I suppose the answer is the same reason kids do it in real life- it adds excitement and tension to the scene. In addition to the after-hours adventure, there’s always that chance of discovery looming over their heads. Whether you’ve ever broke curfew or not, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement.