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Friday, April 17, 2009

(Extra) Fantastic Friday!

So. Excited.

Fantastic Thing-that-happened-in-the-past-week #1) Lookie look! I'm a guest blogger over at Alice's CWIM blog! Hopefully we'll get some interesting discussion rolling about the Edward/abusive-relationship stance. I know from the reactions I got on my blog that it can be a very intense discussion. Can't even imagine what could happen on a blog with 282 followers!

Thing #2) Fabulous things are spreading. Teehee.

Thing #3) I can't for the life of me figure out how to link to Twitter, but apparently today is #queryday (formerly #queryfail).

Thing #4) Mini Cadbury eggs. A sharp contrast to the picture used in the contest this week, but probably a lot less nauseating after eating.

Thing #5) The Tudor Tool is coming along swimmingly. I have the first 250+ words down, and everything else in early outline stages. Wait-- what? You, you want a snippet? Well, I suppose I could post what I have so far. But keep in mind two words: rough draft.

In first grade, I got detention for correcting Miss Surbotski on the historical inaccuracies of the movie Aladdin.

In third grade, I got detention for telling Mrs. Walter that the bouquet of evening primroses and snapdragons her husband had delivered to school represented inconstancy and deception.

In fourth grade, I got detention for starting a fight between Katie Smith and Docker Lewis. Katie was pretending to be a medieval princess and Docker was the knight who was supposed to save her. When I pointed out that princesses were generally handed over to the richest men, Docker took that as his cue to leave Katie locked in the tower of the tunnel slide. Katie didn’t take too kindly to being abandoned and knocked the air out of Docker when she landed on him.

In sixth grade, I got detention for refusing to read any of the Magic Treehouse books, claiming that if I wanted to learn what didn’t happen in history, I would’ve watched Aladdin. This was a bad choice of words, because Miss Surbotski had been promoted to the sixth grade and took my refusal as a direct attack of her teaching methods. Which it was. But I didn’t expect her to get that.

Eighth grade was an event that later became known as “the spring formal fiasco.” The theme was a medieval masquerade, and Docker Lewis came as Zorro. I think he knew I would rebuke his inaccuracies and land myself in detention. I’ve summed it up to a vendetta for the Katie Smith incident.

Suffice to say, by the time high school rolled around, I had learned to shut up.


K. M. Walton said...

GREAT voice, Sara. I really, really like this character already. Nice going girl!

p.s. since I am a parent of an 8 year old obsessed with Magic Treehouse books I thought I'd let you know that they are definitely not something a 6th grader would read - I teach 6th grade too. I can't for the life of me, however, think of a 6th grade equivalent series to Magic Treehouse. I'll look on my classroom bookshelves though...

Natalie Whipple said...

Hehe, so much fantastic-ness! Awesome that you're guest blogging.

Your MC sounds like a girl I could have been friends with. Dang know-it-alls;) Never got detention for it, but close.

Samantha said...

Okay. You're on a roll today!!!!

Sending "sparkles" your way.

sparkle sparkle sparkle

Lovin' the new start to The Tudor Tool. Send me the full! (LOL)

Oh, I posted your news (The guest blogging) on both my site and Verla Kay.

ciao for now

Renee Collins said...

Ha ha! I love the voice of The Tutor Tool. Cute!

Also, I am going to have to go check out your guest blogging gig! Way to go, Sara!

Jenna said...

Loved your guest post! I am a huge fan of SM and the Twilight series, but as a writer and a parent also totally see your point. <3
I too wanted to echo the ages in your "snippet" (which was quite engaging btw...please write more!!!). I have an 8 yr old 3rd grader and MTH series is maybe 2nd/3rd material...sad to say the 6ht graders are starting Twilight (we have one at our bus stop). Gave me shivers as a parent. Also, the princess/prince thing...more along K. Actually, most princess things are seen as preschool (thanks Pampers and Disney) and Hannah as more coveted K-3rd (thanks Disney). Doesn't mean your MC needs to conform ('cause, clearly she's not...and that's what's so interesting...just have her rebelling her peers realistically).
What a nice way to introduce myself, eh? ;-) Hi, you don't know me, here's some advice! Gotta love the internet...
Please come visit me and do the same (jk!!) on my blog...
Although I warn you, it's not nearly as cool! ;-)

Wyman Stewart said...

I'll be back to read the rest of this later, but as for you as a guest blogger, I would say this: If you have not opened Pandora's Box, then at least you opened a can of worms. Comments seem "hot and heavy" to me over there.

If the books and movies generate enough debate, then both will have done what good art should do, spur people to think. Maybe that was not the original intention, nor may the books or movies be worthy creations. Yet, if they do what great art should do, then all will not have been in vain.

Three cheers for SRAASCH!!!

Sara Raasch said...

Thanks everyone :) Your support is breathtaking!

Angela Ackerman said...

Great job here! I read your post at the CWIM blog and agree whole-heartedly. Thanks for stepping up to post and for braving the heat of Edward fanatics.

Wyman Stewart said...

Have returned to say, "Happy rough drafting." In a time long forgotten, I was a fan of the original Zorro TV series. Loved the deaf, mute fellow, who was Zorro's companion, as well as Zorro. Z for Zorro

Christa Brassington, said...

I enjoyed your guest blog on the Edward-Bella dynamic. It made me look at the situation in a different light. (Although I don't think that Jacob is without fault, either. Kissing a girl who is attached? Bad form.)
Your guest blog actually led me here, and now I'm following. Nice.