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by Harper Karcz
May 17th, 2010, 3:46 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 144906

Re: What are you reading now?

I am filling a HUGE, gaping hole in my literary life. I'm reading Jane Austen for the first time. Yep. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is calling to me from my Kindle right now.
by Harper Karcz
May 17th, 2010, 3:45 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Suggestions for YA Realistic Contemporary Fiction
Replies: 8
Views: 1876

Re: Suggestions for YA Realistic Contemporary Fiction

Jen P wrote:Before I Die - Jenny Downham
Oh! Heck yes. I can't believe I forgot that one in my original list. My tissue box sure didn't forget about it.
by Harper Karcz
May 13th, 2010, 11:33 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Suggestions for YA Realistic Contemporary Fiction
Replies: 8
Views: 1876

Re: Suggestions for YA Realistic Contemporary Fiction

My favorite genre! Here are my recommendations for you: How To Say Goodbye In Robot - Natalie Standiford (My fave book this year so far! I've read it three times in the last few months. I am obsessed with it.) Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You - Peter Cameron (Another favorite. Great character...
by Harper Karcz
May 10th, 2010, 1:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The logistics of pen names
Replies: 7
Views: 1919

Re: The logistics of pen names

I've looked into this too, as I'm not legally "Harper Karcz." It popped into my head as a workable pen name several years ago, and I've actually started thinking of myself as "Harper" rather than [Given Name Which Everyone Writing / Publishing YA Seems To Share] whenever I sit down to write. Even my...
by Harper Karcz
April 24th, 2010, 7:46 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Incredible Hamlet on PBS
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Re: Incredible Hamlet on PBS

I'm excited for this, too. My friend is scheduling her birthday party to coincide with the PBS broadcast. She said something about Hamlet-themed food and drink. I'm... curious?

For those interested, the USA DVD is being released about a week after the broadcast. May 5 or 6, I think?
by Harper Karcz
April 15th, 2010, 10:18 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Young Adult Fiction
Replies: 15
Views: 2524

Re: Young Adult Fiction

(But when I was 12, we were reading some fairly grown-up books as assigned reading in school. We read To Kill a Mockingbird in 7th grade, as well as Watership Down and Lord of the Flies. The latter two books disturbed me more than anything I've read from the YA section.) Watership Downs disturbed y...
by Harper Karcz
April 15th, 2010, 9:56 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Young Adult Fiction
Replies: 15
Views: 2524

Re: Young Adult Fiction

More on this when I've had some sleep, but: what really bothers me about YA today is that a lot of 12 and 13 year old kids are reading it. 15, 16, fine. 12?!?!? No. Ishta, which YA books have you read recently? And what content, specifically, are you talking about? Just so I know where you're comin...
by Harper Karcz
April 15th, 2010, 9:38 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Young Adult Fiction
Replies: 15
Views: 2524

Re: Young Adult Fiction

Harper Karcz wrote:I love reading YA, and I'm so glad that it's come of age, so to speak, over the last ten years.
Sommer Leigh wrote:I love the fact that YA is growing up, so to speak.
Sommer Leigh, I think we wrote those very similar sentences within just a few minutes of each other! Same wavelength!
by Harper Karcz
April 14th, 2010, 11:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What are your pet peeves about your own writing?
Replies: 27
Views: 4868

Re: What are your pet peeves about your own writing?

I think mine may be more of an overarching disorder rather than just a pet peeve, but I'll bite anyway. My prose always sounds nice, but it's attached to scenes -- and sometimes whole novels -- that don't go anywhere. No conflict, no goals, no wants, nothing. I've honed my writing skills without hon...
by Harper Karcz
April 14th, 2010, 11:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Young Adult Fiction
Replies: 15
Views: 2524

Re: Young Adult Fiction

I love reading YA, and I'm so glad that it's come of age, so to speak, over the last ten years. I was strictly a lit fic reader for a long time, but about 5 - 6 years ago I discovered the current crop of YA fiction, with its thematic complexity and its economy of language, and I've been hooked ever ...
by Harper Karcz
April 14th, 2010, 9:03 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 22590

Re: How old are you?

I'm 29. Turning 30 in less than a month! If anyone's around Atlanta during the second week of May, I cordially invite you to my celebratory karaoke extravaganza.
by Harper Karcz
April 14th, 2010, 8:59 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Which celeb/s have you met?
Replies: 32
Views: 10108

Re: Which celeb/s have you met?

Wow, I love reading these! I'm a real junkie for author readings / signings, so I've had brief meetings with a lot of my favorite authors. I got to have a chat with Kurt Vonnegut during my freshman year of college, was completely dumbstruck by John Updike a few years later (I was fully obsessed with...
by Harper Karcz
April 1st, 2010, 4:44 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Contest ideas?
Replies: 33
Views: 10865

Re: Contest ideas?

A short story of 100 words or less, which must incorporate 5 wacky keywords of your choosing.
by Harper Karcz
April 1st, 2010, 4:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are you appealing to your target audience?
Replies: 26
Views: 4194

Re: Are you appealing to your target audience?

Okay I have a question that relates to this thread- (thinking of posting it on ask nathan) I have written a manuscript, (and revised it, numerous times) and I am pretty happy with the overall story, pacing, plot etc. But, here's my dilemna: it's a YA fantasy novel with a protagonist who is 18 years...
by Harper Karcz
April 1st, 2010, 12:52 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Have your blog reading/commenting habits changed?
Replies: 17
Views: 3630

Re: Have your blog reading/commenting habits changed?

I read tons of blogs, and I'll keep reading them for however long they're around! My commenting habits are spotty, though. Since I don't have a blog myself right now (more on that in a minute), I don't have as much incentive to comment as people who are actively trying to get their blog name out the...