My First Blogging Award: The Liebster Award

I just got nominated the Liebster Award by CMBohley! Check out her cool writing blog, called Writers Blok. Now isn't that a cool blog name? The Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers, and it's a chain award, so if you're nominated you pass it on. The Rules Answer 11 questions the… Continue reading My First Blogging Award: The Liebster Award

I Won a Writing Award!

I'm so happy to announce I won an award for one of my flash fiction pieces! Last year I entered into the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the flash fiction category. I found out today I received a Silver Key, which is defined as "Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability."… Continue reading I Won a Writing Award!

Cry With Me – a song by Evelyn Lo

Cry With Me is the latest song by my sister. It's a song about how true friendship should be: nonjudgmental, accepting, and shared. Evelyn composed, sang, and performed this song entirely on her own. The song features her singing, as well as guitar and electric bass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0utcQmS8wiA Cry With Me // Original Song by Evelyn Lo Lyrics Please… Continue reading Cry With Me – a song by Evelyn Lo

Please Stand Beside Me – second song by my sister

Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing well! I'm sharing my lovely sister Evelyn's second song, Please Stand Beside Me.  Please Stand Beside Me is a song about God's faithfulness, even when He doesn't seem to be there. It's an encouraging reminder for every day, especially when things get hard. My dad and I filmed Evelyn at… Continue reading Please Stand Beside Me – second song by my sister

Book Meme: Down the TBR Hole

Today I’m doing a meme, Down The TBR Hole, which was created by Lia at Lost In A Story. The original post is here. I got the idea from my fellow blogger, Kristen @ Beyond the Secret Pages. Go check out her blog! How it works: Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.Order on ascending date added.Take the first… Continue reading Book Meme: Down the TBR Hole

Happy New Year, and a First Ever Resolution

Wow . . . it feels surreal that another year has gone by (even though I haven't lived that many years). 2018 was an eventful year, and part of me feels 2019 won't be any different. Supposedly, people make New Years' Resolutions when a new year rolls around. But I've never done one in my life. I've… Continue reading Happy New Year, and a First Ever Resolution

Gender in Young Adult Fiction

My fellow blogger, Kristen, posted an amazing article about gender distribution in YA fiction. She did a lot of research!

She also talks about the lack of male characters in YA fiction, and how characters of different genders are stereotyped.

I recently read a post from Like An Anchor that talks about the lack of feeling-type men in fiction. Head on over if you want to read more: https://likeananchor.com/2018/12/03/the-curious-case-of-the-infj-hero/.

I love toying with stereotypes and turning them around when I write. I do tend to write female characters because I can identify with them better. I want to write female characters that are a little more realistic and less cliche. Girls don’t have to fall in love to be interesting!

In my current draft of my sci-fi novel I’m writing, I have a side character who is an empath (and a guy). It’s always the girls who are empaths. (Counselor Troi, anyone?) I’m hoping to show that guys can have gentle feelings too and be manly at the same time.

Anyway, check out Kristen’s blog https://starsshinedarkly.wordpress.com/

Beyond Secret Pages

Gender is a topic always in the back of my mind when I read a book; I believe, ever since I read some statistics about the gender of authors, the protagonists of novels, and the audience. This is a matter I really hope to challenge in my own writing—and yes, I do indeed see it in my own writing. But, I should be specific as to what I am talking about.

According to research from Book Horn, analyzing some books from 2014:

Out of the young adult books (aimed for 12-18-year-olds), 65% of the novels had a female protagonist, 22% was male, and in 13%, females and males both functioned as main characters. Surprisingly, middle-grade novels (targeted for 9-12-year-olds) had 48% for males, 36% for females, and 16% for both.

Although this research may not be accurate today, I do think it depicts the topic of gender in books…

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