November 22, 2009

Still On Schedule...

Well, Reader, with my recent deployment to Farah, Afghanistan, it seems I forgot just how much time is taken up between my regular job in the Emergency Room and renovating my house. Speaking of which, I am very close to finally finishing my library! This sucker is taking up a full wall of my Great Room and will feature built-in bookshelves and a sliding ladder! It's taking quite a bit of time, but the end result will be well worth it, I think. It's paining me to see all of my books just stacked up on the floor. I may post a picture of this thing...if I ever finish it, that is...

Work in the ER is the same as ever. Every once in a while we'll see a difficult case, but most of the patients we see are fairly benign. It's a bit hard to get into it when you're used to seeing some serious traumas. Which brings me to something that has been bothering me a bit lately.

As Book II (The Prince's Orphans) is coming to a close, I have noticed that the story is featuring some pretty graphic violence. I have spoken to people about the disturbing trend of increasingly adult themes in YA fiction. Eragon and Twilight are far removed from Treasure Island and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Now here I am confessing that I've slipped into the very same trend.

I spent a great deal of time on the battle sequences. Since, ultimately, this is a series about war-- and our obligations during war--I wanted some pretty convincing depictions of battle. But I'm not sure if I had gone too far. It has me thinking that perhaps my experience in wartime traumas has jaded me. Or maybe desensitized me to some things that most people would regard horrible. So let me ask you, Reader: Where do you feel the line should be drawn with writing depictions of violence in YA literature? Click on the Contact Me link below and tell me where you stand on violent writing in the YA market. Take care, Reader, and have a Happy Thanksgiving Day. Be Well.

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The Prince's Orphans completion: 422/550 pages (76.73%)