Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Happy Birthday, Klutzface
By: Foxglove Lee
19 pages / 4800 words
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It’s a comedy of errors when Laura prepares a romantic dinner for Mila’s birthday. Laura isn't the world's best cook to begin with, but when everything goes wrong in the immaculate home Mila's supposed to be house sitting, the trouble's only just begun. Laura and Mila wanted an evening of domestic bliss. Will their glimpse at adult life drive them into each other's arms or drive them apart completely?
Coming Next Week...
Ink ~ Blood ~ Fire by K. Baldwin and Lyra Ricci
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
By: Laura Hughes
200 pages / 55500 words
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Cat and Mike have been best friends forever, but freshman year of high school finds them growing apart. Cat proudly flies her freak flag; Mike tries to fade into the background. Cat checks out the gay pride group; Mike joins the military club. It’s fall 2010, and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is still in effect. Mike likes that -- he doesn’t want to ask or tell.
While Mike falls in love with the military club’s values of strength, honor, and courage, Cat falls in love with Calliope, an impossibly sophisticated sophomore girl. Her world is a roller coaster of grand gestures, romantic declarations, and messy, public drama. Mike is quieter with his feelings, but he’s finding it harder and harder to deny them -- especially his crush on the guitar-playing new boy. The safety of DADT is beginning to feel more like a burden. Mike believes in courage, but who is the brave one? Can these two best friends, more alike than they know, find their way back together?
Coming Next Week...
Happy Birthday Klutzface by Foxglove Lee
I've wanted to write LGBT stories for young readers since I was the target audience. When I entered high school in 1999, there weren't a lot of options for queer kids who wanted to read or watch TV about kids like us. What little there was tended to be deeply grim: stories where gay kids were introduced only to be driven out, beaten up, killed, or all of the above. This didn't match my experience at all. I knew that I was lucky, and that not everyone came out at 13 and enjoyed almost complete family and peer support and a middle-school relationship with a same-sex best friend. But surely there were others like me who wanted see their lives dramatized; surely there were gay kids in bad situations who'd be inspired by TV where non-straight sexuality wasn't the end of the world; surely there were straight people who'd enjoy a window into gay teen dating drama?
So I came up with a great solution. I would write a sitcom.
I never came up with a final title for my show, but I privately called it LHS for "Lesbian in High School." It would center on a spunky lesbian named Cat and her friends who existed at various points on the queer spectrum. I envisioned something like Boy Meets World or Lizzie McGuire, the low-key, hijinksy, sitcom adventures of a girl who just happens to be a lesbian.
I got to work. I installed Final Draft on my computer and wrote scripts for several episodes. I wrote outlines of episode and season arcs. While watching TV, I drew crayon pictures of the characters.
I didn't have any illusions that this show would get produced. I didn't know anyone in the television industry and I didn't know how to become a TV writer. Anyway, I still had to get through high school myself. I was fifteen years old. But a girl can dream, right?
At some point, the character design was so strong in my head that I figured the casting and teamwork required in television production would essentially change my idea into a different animal. (Also, I still had no inroads into the TV industry, and had decided that I didn't want to live in L.A.) I was drawing a lot in those days, writing what would become my webcomic Lance and Eskimo, so I decided to draw a comic of the first "episode" of LHS.
The plot was simple. Cat is the new kid in school. She had bad experiences coming out as a lesbian at her old school, and she decides she isn't going to tell anyone this time.
She makes friends with tomboyish outcast Penny and they agree to go to a party together. Penny is anxious to spend time with her crush, Windy Donovan. Before the party, Cat enjoys nonsexual girly bonding time with Penny, and gives Penny a makeover.
At the party, the kids play "Spin the Bottle," and Penny is mortified to land on pretty sophomore Calliope Henderson. Calliope is angry when the other kids announce that girl-girl kisses are outlawed; she's bisexual, she argues, like it's old news. Cat is intrigued, but nervous.
Cat slips out of the party to think. On the porch, she finds Windy. They chat and bond, and he tries to kiss her. Cat backs away, and the words burst out of her mouth: "I'm a lesbian!"
Windy surprises her by being cool with it! Inspired, Cat comes out to Penny, who feels trapped and cornered: everyone thinks she's a lesbian, and in retrospect, it seems like Cat has been flirting, inviting her to the party and making her over. In an effort to distance herself, Penny yells at Cat, "You're sick!"
Windy comforts Cat, sealing their friendship.
That's the end of the episode, but the beginning of the series.
Ten years later, after rediscovering the joys of writing through fanfic, I decided to adapt the characters in LHS for a series of young adult novels. The characters of Cat, Windy, and Calliope are pretty much wholesale from the original; I dropped Penny, added Mike, and created an all-new plotline, adding guy stuff: the military, car racing, training, fighting. But there is still a makeover, a game of Spin the Bottle, and plenty of joyful, girly spirit.
Don't Ask is truly a collaboration between me at 16 and me at 26. It's for and by both of us. I hope readers of all ages will enjoy it.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Fallen Angel Reviews
Dromos by G. Arden O'feden (Prizm Books title)
Joyfully Jay Reviews
Monster Town by Dakota Chase (Prizm Books title)
Long and Short Reviews
I Kiss Girls by Gina Harris (Prizm Books title)
Pants Off Reviews
Vampirism and You! by Missouri Dalton (Prizm Books title)
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Cathy: You seem to have more influence on your characters than I do. Mine keep doing what they think they should do, sometimes landing in more trouble, sometimes finding solutions I had not imagined ahead of time.
By: Iyana Jenna
16 pages / 3700 words
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When kids at his school begin to fall asleep and never wake up, Jordan Sullivan remembers the story his parents told him when he was a kid, a story involving his great-great-grandfather, a certain warlock, and a dreamcatcher.
When his best friend Jamie falls victim to the nightmare, Jordan’s only hope is to use his dreamcatcher-- and prepare to face the consequences.