In this episode of YA Rewind I’m joined by three friends for a chat about their childhood favorites, then I talk about using fiction to teach kids about history, as with Henry Winterfeld’s Detectives in Togas, and the surprise discovery that the original 1956 text was written in German. Later I bring back my friends to share a performance from Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.
In this episode of YA Rewind I talk about middle grade fiction and books for young readers including a favorite from when I was a kid: The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. Then I explore the differences between the rules of magic for kids and the rules of magic for adults, and later I share a performance from Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.
There are hundreds of podcasts out in the ether these days, with a range of audio quality from one guy in a basement with a computer microphone to company-sponsored full-cast performances.
In this episode of YA Rewind, I talk about the great Lloyd Alexander and The Illyrian Adventure, the first of his books to feature intrepid orphan Vesper Holly. On the Casting Couch, I pick out my ideal cast for a Vesper Holly movie and discuss some upcoming YA adaptations, and in the new Book Jacket Theatre segment I perform a melodramatic reading of a book summary from the ‘paranormal teen romance’ section of Amazon.
Welcome to YA Rewind, a look back at fiction for children and young adults from the perspective of an ‘almost’ grown-up. In the first episode I talk about what YA fiction is, and thoughts on The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More after more than a decade.
After discovering Paul F. Tomkins’ podcast Dead Authors through his connection to The Thrilling Adventure Hour, I pitched a blog post to Quirk Books about podcasts with a literary slant. After I pitched it, I realized that I didn’t actually listen to podcasts other than TAH and the occasional Nerdist, and to do the thing right, I needed to sample a selection.
The end of this momentous week really deserves a thoughtful, well-crafted reflection post, but I spent most of the weekend trying to sew a TARDIS dress that I ended up half-crafting with blue and white duct tape, so I’m not really in the mood. My room is seeking funds from FEMA, I haven’t worked on my book in weeks, and I’m still unemployed – but I’d happily work on Asexual Awareness Week again next year.
The second Ace Answers podcast is now available. This episode tackles the topics of misconceptions, challenges faced by asexuals, and asexual representations in the media. I’m working on finding the best way to upload and share these podcasts, so hopefully they can be streamed at some point. I received a number of great responses, but I would still love to hear from a larger sample of the community.
For Asexual Awareness Week 2011, I joined the planning committee (more on that in an article to be published this week on the blog LGBTPOV.) All the members had their own projects, and I decided that I wanted to give people in the community the chance to answer questions that no one was really asking. Given that we are often overlooked, ignored, or invisible, I wanted to offer the wider world an opportunity to hear from real, live asexuals, in their own voices.