Friday, February 10, 2017

Go Teen Writers LIVE: Episode One

Shannon Dittemore is the author of the Angel Eyes trilogy. She has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a love of all things literary. When she isn’t writing, she spends her days with her husband, Matt, imagining things unseen and chasing their two children around their home in Northern California. To connect with Shan, check out her website, FB, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

YOU GUYS! We did a thing! A fancy, totally-new-to-us endeavor.

Yesterday, we recorded our first ever Go Teen Writers video blog!

In this fifteen minute chat, Stephanie Morrill, Jill Williamson and I answer two questions posed by two of you. Hadley Grace and J. Liessa participated in our recent writing exercises and were randomly selected to ask us ALMOST any question.

For more information on our writing exercises and how you can be awarded the opportunity to contribute a question for our next Live Episode, click here.

To watch Go Teen Writers Live: Episode One click the tantalizing arrow below. And then be sure to leave us a comment telling us how you liked it. And be kind! We're rookies.

30 comments:

  1. Yay! Full disclosure, I haven't seen the video yet, but I'm super excited for this, y'all. Hooray for new endeavors!

    On a bit of a tangent, today I was digging through my old Word documents, and I found something really interesting. It's an unfinished flash fiction piece from 2014 that I have no recollection of writing whatsoever. It makes absolutely no sense, and I LOVE it. I decided it would be fun to post it here, and maybe you wonderful folks will be able to figure out what it's supposed to be. Here it is!


    “Did you know,” said the Tentacle, stroking his beard and staring intently at the delicate skin of the bright orange fruit, “That bananas used to be yellow before the twenty-second century?”
    “Outrageous,” said the Ear.
    “Outlandish,” cried the Newt.
    “Unheard of,” quacked the Frog.
    “Ribbet,” said the Duck.
    And the Eye just stared at them all and rolled his eye in its socket. What he was thinking of was highly disturbing, but as Eyes are often puzzling beings, perhaps it is better to leave those things unsaid. It was then, as then was a particularly interesting moment, the Clock chimed ten and everyone gave a cry of delight.
    “Time for second breakfast!” cried the Newt. “I must say the Clock is behaving rather queer.”
    And he was right too, for the Clock was shaking on the wall looking quite excited and tick-tocking a rather too hard. The Frog quacked thoughtfully. The Ear jumped up and down on the Duck’s new tablecloth.
    “*Well*!” demanded the Italic. “*Look* at the time! We *must* get going. Everyone, would you *please* tell us what you think and oh dear, for *goodness* sake *please* wash those dishes in the caravan!”
    “I say the Italic calm down,” suggested the Ear. “What do you say?”
    Everyone’s hands went up in the air. Except for the Eye, who did not have a hand, and contented himself with rolling his eye for the twelfth time that day. Behind them, the Tip poked his head through the door and opened his beak crossly.
    “Oh, would anyone *please* put the Tick in the Tock!”

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    1. That's awesome!! I like the senselessness of it - Like Alice in Wonderland. It's really cool.

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    2. It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, too. (Not quite as creepy as Alice in Wonderland, though. *Shudder*) I think this is very interesting! The narrative has a nice flow.

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    3. That's exactly what I thought when I read it, Olivia and Lexi!. Very much like Alice in Wonderland. I LOVE the style of writing! This is cool! :D

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    4. That's plain hilarious, though my head is spinning a little now!! I loved the line " Except for the Eye, who did not have a hand, and contented himself with rolling his eye for the twelfth time that day." :D Thanks for sharing!
      ~Julian

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    5. Voice, voice, voice! Good job, friend.

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    6. This is so funny. I love this part: "And the Eye just stared at them all and rolled his eye in its socket. What he was thinking of was highly disturbing, but as Eyes are often puzzling beings, perhaps it is better to leave those things unsaid."
      Keep up the good work!

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    7. LOVED this! I agree with what everyone else said - this was epic xD.

      ~ Savannah
      scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    8. Thanks, you guys! I'm flattered. :) Glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Thank you so much for doing this! It was absolutely incredible. And slightly surreal after seeing your profile pictures for so long then seeing you in real life! Thank you! Sorry about all the exclamation marks but this makes me feel very exclamation marky!

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    1. We like exclamation marks around here! Thank you for the kind words, Claudia, and for taking time to watch our first attempt. We're so grateful.

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  3. Thanks so much! I loved the answers to both questions. I watched with a notebook to take notes. Heh. Got a lot to chew on, but I know things will come out the better for the work. Thanks for the tips and for taking the time out of your schedules to share them!

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    1. Notes! That means you're serious about this writing thing. I'm so glad. Thank you again for the fantastic question. I wish you lots and lots of words.

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  4. This was great, it was so fun to see you guys for the first time not frozen in a picture! I'll certainly come back to this in the future. As a side note I'm trying to finish the rough draft of my second novel by March 7th, and it's behaving for now . . . Wish me luck!
    *Sarah

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    1. Good luck! :)

      -Ann

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    2. SO MUCH LUCK! I'm supposed to be finishing my draft this month as well. FINGERS CROSSED!

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    3. Good luck Sarah!! I was SOOOO happy when I finally finished my first draft last month. I had been working on it for 2 years!

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    4. Thanks so much for in encouragement! Mrs. Dittemore, I hope you have great luck on yours too! Lexi, I know what you mean. I was so happy when I finished the rough draft on my first novel, and I'm going to be so stinking glad to get the second novel over with since this is my *3rd rough draft* for the thing. Totally annoying since I've been working on it since December of 2015! Good luck to everyone else out there!
      *Sarah

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    5. No worries about the *3rd rough draft* I've been working on my FIRST draft since November 2015. You're doing just fine. :D

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  5. Nice! I enjoyed the video and look forward to more. Thank you for taking the time to do them!

    -Ann

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    1. Phew! I'm so glad! Thank you for watching.

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  6. Aw, you all are so cute! <3 Thank you for taking the time to help us out :D

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    1. No, YOU YOU'RE CUTE! Thank you so much for watching. We had fun.

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  7. Very fun - so neat hearing ya'lls voices!!! I really liked this... normally my chapters are right at 2000 words. I really like chapters to be uniform is size for some reason... so I plan for them to work according. Of course, that doesn't always work. Some just need to be shorter or longer... but for the most part I like them the same. As to the story world stuff, love what Jill saying that the world stuff needs to have meaning!!! I am so for that! It seems there's so much fantasy anymore that is poorly done, because it lacks meaning. It takes a lot of talent to write a good fantasy... talent and time!! :D

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    1. I'm jealous of your uniform chapter lengths! And you're so right. Fantasy takes a ton of work. Thank you so much for watching!

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    2. Lol... they aren't always uniform... It's just that when I read, I read by chapters, so it irritates me when the length of chapters are wacky... so in my books I try to fix that ;)

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  8. Thanks or the great tips! My chapters are all messed up. :| It's so hard to stick to one subject, and not making the chapter too long or too short. I'm writing realistic fiction. That's my favorite genre.

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    1. You know me, friend. I'm all about practice! Writing makes us better writers and hopping around while you practice, is not a bad thing. I wish you the absolute best.

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  9. Thank you for all the encouragement! Your exercises really help me when I write in my book. The practice is nice. Thanks for all the great advice and tips. They REALLY help. :)

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