One of the reasons I adore writing and reading Middle Grade as much as I do is because a huge part of me relaxes and enjoys delving back into that total lack of responsibility. I take pleasure in the innocence and immaturity of a middle grader. There is a part of me that still longs for and wishes I could get away with thinking and acting like a middle grader, all the time. But the responsible side of me, who is a wife, mother and mature adult, knows this can not be.
I have decided I will thoroughly enjoy every minute of working on this project, and slipping into the mind of my characters. Isn't that what writing is all about? Maybe I should warn The Husband, that while I'm working on this, he should expect a wife who finally, finally, thinks it's funny when he farts. I'll tell my kids to expect a playmate, one who jumps on the bed with them, instead of someone who insists they must make it! And my friends should just stay clear of me altogether, unless they want to come over, braid each other's hair, stuff our faces full of crap, and giggle nonsensically, all night long. (Wait, that's not much different than what we do now..he he)
What about you? Do any of you enjoy writing middle grade for any of those same reasons? Do you have to be in a "Middle Grade" sort of mind? What are your favorite middle grade authors/stories? Why?
A few of my favorites are: Suzanne Collins, Gregor The Overlander Series, The Day My Butt Went Psycho, Based on a True Story Andy Griffiths, The Name of This Book is A Secret, Pseudonymous Bosch. I loved all of these books. Of course, I picked these titles for my girls to read, but I had to read them myself first :)
AND AS PROMISED- HERE ARE SOME PICS FROM THE LAKEWOOD REN FAIRE I WENT TO THIS WEEKEND:
|Meeting some real wolves. The larger one appeared in the movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"|
|My girlfriend Rebecca, just after taking the stage to belly dance!|
|Frankie, knife throwing.|
|Farrah, a fair and beautiful little Knight.|
|A little jousting...|
|Above: Fried Oreos YUUUM Below: Faith after eating fried Oreos. All smiles. |
|My little Chef simply had to take a turn throwing knives. She rocked this!|
|A cool face painting|
Frankie bought yet another sword. Then had to go show it to a Knight