Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times for Teens

5 09 2013

Finally finished this book. Two things:

1. Some of the stories in here are actually quite sad and devastating and not typical teen-angsty.

2. Boobs!

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Why I should keep writing

23 01 2013
Look what I got in my inbox this morning, sent from someone in Saudi Arabia:
“I am not sure whether or not you are the one who wrote the wonderful story “A Lonely Astronaut,” from the ‘Tough Times Fro Teens’ book of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The story, however, touched my heart and soothed my soul in a very positive way.”
This is what I hope to do, and for that matter, what I believe all artists ultimately want to do– to affect other people, to bring out some sort of emotional impact in people.  It’s comments like these that encourage me to keep writing when I doubt myself.  It’s comments like these that show I’m at least doing something right.
Thank you.

Chicken Soup is still good?

24 07 2011

Recently, I found an listing on QLit for true stories (I’m thinking creative non-fiction here) and poems dealing with being gay/coming out to be submitted for publication for the next Chicken Soup book.  My first thought after reading the ad was, “It’s still popular?  Really?”

I remember when they used to be super popular many years ago and how there were so many variations and books out there.  I never got into the fad but I did take a look at one of the many editions of the Teenage Soul books to see if there was anything queer related in there, and of course there wasn’t.  Mostly, I think the perception of the books being super straight and about girly stuff (“I have a crush on this super cute guy at school, omg, hehe!”) that put me off reading it all.

Anyway, I’m in the process of writing something to submit to them since they apparently pay $200 if you do get published.  Sounds like a good deal to me!  Will update this later when I have/have not finished it.