"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Five on a Friday

Happy Friday! In case you missed my Wednesday post, comment with your favorite musical for your chance to win three awesome books!

Here are my five for the week:

1) My 8-year-old son asks me the other day, "Why are the parents always dead in the books you're giving me to read?"
I tried to explain the pesky parents thing to him. How we writers have to get rid of the parents so the kids can be the heroes. I'm not sure if he completely understood but it was interesting having to try to explain.

2) Thank you to Reader Rabbit for the awesome review for THE EMERALD TABLET! My favorite line from the review:
"I think PJ Hoover really nailed the voice of a 13-year old boy...This is a story sure to please anyone looking for an adventure."

3) Thank you to Heather Zundel for the awesome copy of THE INFERNO OF DANTE translated by Robert Pinsky. I won a book in a contest she ran a while back, and chose this one. She picked the edition and I love it! It inspired me to organize my bookshelves today!

4) I've hit my goal of reading 50 books this year!

5) Also, thank you for award nominations (which I am admittedly so bad about acknowledging and responding to!). I really do appreciate them!

6) And also, so cool that I won a visit with Critter thanks to Christy at Christy's Creative Space and illustrator Ian Sands. Critter will be coming to visit me in Austin, TX! I hope he likes the heat.

Yes, I know that was six, but it's been that kind of week. Expect more, right?

Have a great weekend!


Miriam S.Forster said...
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Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Whoa, from Dante to Critter--what a juxtaposition! Love your son's comment He really does have a point. Have a great weekend.

Uh, what do you make of this word verification (belongs in a book, methinks): bedrats

Miriam S.Forster said...

It's not Friday... is it? *looks around confusedly*

Actually this is funny, since I've thought it was Friday all day today. :)

I love your son's question. Especially since reading this tweet by @ColleenLindsay yesterday.

"Dear YA writers: a teen does not always have to suffer the death of his parents to be an interesting character. Stop orphaning your kids."


Solvang Sherrie said...

Yay on #4!! I made it too!

Anna said...

It's funny that missing/dead parents are so common in books for children that I barely notice it anymore. But if your son, the target audience, does notice then maybe Colleen Lindsay has a point. But it's so tricky - if the parents are around then you usually have to make them absolutely neglectful in order for the MC to be able to do anything!

Christine M said...

Congrats on the great review - and on hitting your fifty books. I'm not sure if I have or not - but August has been a very slow reading month for me. Sometimes that happens.

Have a great weekend. We're hoping the rain here lifts for our Teddy Bear Picnic today. It's not looking good.

PJ Hoover said...

The word verification is great, Tricia! We could write a book using nothing but those awesome blogger words.

Okay, I was a bit proactive, Miriam! And that is too funny on Colleen Lindsay's tweet!

Congrats, Sherrie!

I know, Anna! And neglectful parents drive me nuts. They are always so bad yet the kids turn out super responsible.


PJ Hoover said...

Slow reading months do happen, Chris. I've had time where it's taken me weeks to get through a book.
I can't believe it's another Teddy Bear picnic. I feel like I've known you forever, now.

beckylevine said...

Great week! How smart your son is--it took me many more decades to figure that one out! And congrats on the nice review. :)

Kelly said...

Wow 50 books read! That is awesome!
Have fun with Critter!

PJ Hoover said...

Was it the same when we were young, Becky? Did parents die in books so often?
And thanks!

Thanks, Kelly! I have to plan fun stuff for Critter to do. Hmmm...type on computer. Blog. Email.

Lady Glamis said...

Six is great with me! I think that first question is hilarious. It's so true that parents just get in the way sometimes, haha! And congrats on meeting your 50 books! That's a great accomplishment I won't be able to achieve for awhile - when my daughter's in school, hah. :D

MG Higgins said...

Wow, congrats for reaching your 50-book goal. Where do you find the time?!!! (I'm quite jealous that you're getting Critter, BTW. Can't wait to see the pictures!)

Kimberly Derting said...

I saw Chelsea's review too...it was great! Congrats!!!

Heather Zundel said...

Hey! So glad you got it. And even happier that you are enjoying it.

I like what your son said. If it doesn't make sense to a kid, then you had better be able to tweak something. Maybe I should get him to read my story and see what he thinks... :)

Rebecca said...

It's not true that you have to make the parents absent or neglectful (unless it is essential to the plot). You just have to make sure your character has what it takes to get out there and solve a problem on his/her own, often by breaking the rules and doing something dangerous and seemingly stupid.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Michelle! I'm so happy I've been reading more. Love it!

Maybe you can win a visit with Critter next, MG! He'll need a nice place to go!

Thanks, Kimberly!

It's almost become cliche, hasn't it, Heather. That is a problem.

So true, Rebecca. But I think so often the easy way is to make the parents (or at least one) dead and gone. Once less to worry about.

happy weekend, everyone!

T. Anne said...

PJ, I received my books! Thank you =)

LOL about dead parents in books. My DD picked up on this in Disney movies.

T. Anne said...

PJ, I received my books! Thank you =)

LOL about dead parents in books. My DD picked up on this in Disney movies.

T. Anne said...

Sorry for the double post. I have a bad connection tonight.

Christina Farley said...

50 books. Wait! You are way early. It isn't even December yet! You go girl!

beth said...

UGH! I've got just a little over 20! No where near fifty :(

Love #1...can only imagine what the conversation was like!

Angela said...

I've been watching your reading count go up and up and up on Goodreads! Have a great weekend!

Lenore said...

Disney always kills off at least one parent as well...usually the mother.

I've also noticed a lot of parents lately in teen lit that are very abnormally permissive.

PJ Hoover said...

So glad you got the books, T. Anne!

Thanks, Christina! I thought it would be hard to hit 50, but it seems to be consistency for me.

20? It seems like you're reading all the time, Beth? But then I think you're getting more writing done than me.

Have a great weekend, too, Angela! I love using Goodreads!

The permissive thing is getting me, too, Lenore. It seems like the parents just don't care. Very weird.

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

Keri Mikulski said...

Have a great weekend! ;)

Yay on the 50 books. And I love your son's insightful comment. :)

Nora MacFarlane said...

Funny! I just killed off mom yesterday.

adrienne said...

I love your son's observation about the parents - my kids asked that, too.

Have fun with Critter! Guess I'll have to compete with MG for a chance to play with him. :D

Carrie Harris said...

Someone needs to write a book about the Land of Dead Parents, which is where they all go after we writers send them there.

That person might just be me.

PJ Hoover said...

My son cracked me up with the comment, Keri. It's funny that he noticed!

Too funny, Nora! Guilty!

I'm looking forward to Critter's visit, Adrienne! And the battle for him afterward :)

Carrie, you would be the perfect person to write that book!