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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I’d Make Writers Write About If I Could

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

 This week’s theme is topics you would make authors write about if you could. This could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.

I worked forever on this post! I hope you like it. 🙂

So I’m cheating just a bit here since, as a writer, I’ve got some ideas that I won’t be sharing, because I plan to write about them myself.  But that’s okay, because it forced me to stretch my brain for yet more ideas for the post. Yay! Here we go:

1) Number one, because it must obviously be said that, above all else:

I want more Harry Potter involving the main cast, preferably right after book seven. Seeing Hermione, Ginny and Luna’s last year at Hogwarts would be awesome. And then maybe following Luna Lovegood’s application to work in the Department of Mysteries. (Yes, I know officially she becomes a kind of naturalist but COME ON the Department of Mysteries has got to be the best place to work in all of Potterdom.) I will also settle for a next-generation series involving the Potter-Weasley kids. I’m not one of those clamoring for a Marauders series (please don’t hit me!) , even though I’d read it and love it, and my husband really wants one, so I’ll ask for it on his behalf. 😉 I’d just rather have a new Harry Potter series that still incorporates the main cast.

2) More Gemma Doyle. Or at least something to alleviate my Gemma-withdrawl

While we’re on the subject of series that ended way too soon, I need more Gemma Doyle. The Sweet Far Thing is one of my very favorite books, but that ending seriously killed me. I need more. I need to know what happens next. I’m still holding out hope that maybe the illustrious Libba Bray will grace us with another Gemma installation, but in the meantime, I petition all writers of the world to please pen me a Victorian gas-lamp fantasy full of feisty feminists. I’m desperate.

3) A Positive Depiction of the Goddess Hecate

Yes, Hecate is considered a “dark” goddess in many ways, but she’s also my Goddess, and there is so much more to her than just being the “dark” goddess. She’s goddess of the witches, yes, but YA (and non-YA) readers nowadays know that “witch” does not equal “evil”. So how about our luminous Goddess of Magic be given the same treatment? I griped a bit at Rick Riordan for casting Hecate on the side of the bad guys in the first Percy Jackson series, but her redemption and entertaining appearances in The House of Hades definitely made up for it. His son also wrote a quite moving short story featuring Hecate in The Demigod Diaries.

I suppose I’m breaking my own stipulation here, since I said I wouldn’t mention topics I myself planned to write about, since I do plan to write a novel or three involving Hecate, but honestly? She is so complex and cool a goddess that I’ve no doubt there is enough of her lore to go around. Let’s flood the market! 😉 I’m very much looking forward to Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel, in which Hecate makes an appearance. She’s described as a “dark goddess” but hopefully, as I’m trying to point out, “dark” doesn’t have to mean “bad”.

And while we’re at it, how about a positive representation of modern Wiccans? I mean, I get that if you’re going to write a book involving Wiccans you might as well just write about witches, but I’d actually read a contemporary (I know – gasp!) if it had something like a normal Wiccan family in it. Or a supernatural story that nonetheless featured Wiccans-as-normal-not-remotely-scary people. Inroads are being made, it’s true, but I don’t have an illustration for this suggestion and that’s kind of my point! Let’s just have another of Hecate, then.

(click the image to visit the artist’s webpage)

4) A Disabled Character (Preferably Main) Who Isn’t Just There To “Inspire” The Non-Disabled

I’m disabled. I broke  my back when I was seventeen and now I walk with a crutch (yes, just like Tiny Tim 😉 ) and have chronic pain and a host of health problems. Yet it seems that the very few disabled characters we get in YA (and even literature in general) are less-than-realistic about the difficulties involved. We don’t all climb Everest, folks. Most of us struggle just to stay healthy. Sure, that’s a bit of a downer, but doesn’t literature kind of exist to explore emotions and struggles? I suppose it could be argued that people can’t take reading about the stark realities of the lives of disabled people, but I have more faith in people than that. We have had horrifying yet beautiful YA novels tackle the subjects of rape, child abuse, eating disorders, drug addiction and a whole host of others. I think it’s about time for disabilities to be added to the list. So why don’t I write one myself? I don’t know. Maybe I will some day. But I needn’t be the only one.

There are exceptions. Ashes on the Waves has a disabled main character, and his condition is depicted realistically, with all its inherent tragedy. And while for much of the book she is able-bodied, the time the main character of The Sea Inside spends in the hospital following her injury very accurately depicts the feelings of loss, isolation, and numbness that commonly accompany such an injury.

5)Doctor Who Novel With Doctor 10.5

There have been numerous Doctor Who novels involving the new Doctors, but as far as I know, no author has yet tackled the adventures of 10.5 and Rose in the parallel universe. (spoilers?) To my knowledge, there’s enough fan fiction on the subject that I’m quite confident an authorized novelization would sell. But then they need to get David Tennant to do the audio-book recording. If somehow this could happen, then, maybe, I’ll finally be able to get over Journey’s End. *sigh*

6) More Obscure Mythology

I love mythology. All kinds. It fascinates me. And I love discovering brand-new myths that I’ve never heard of, such as the fate-spinner seikona that appeared in Maria Dahvana Headley’s Queen of Kings. I want to know more about them, and I want to know more about other interesting myths. Ancient belief systems are flickering out all over the world and it’s a tragedy. I want to learn from them all.

7) More Poe Re-tellings

Since I absolutely loved and gushed over Mary Lindsey’s Ashes on the Waves and have no doubt that Bethany Griffiths’ Masque of the Red Death duology is likewise superb, I am putting in a request for more Poe re-tellings. The Fall of the House of User, perhaps?

8) The Lady of Shallot

The Lady of Shallot by Alfred Lord Tennyson is my very favorite poem and I desperately need both a modern and classical novelization of it. It’s beyond beautiful. If you’ve never read it, you should click here to read it, or listen to the Loreena McKennit song version of it below. I’m not going to spoil what happens for you, other than to say that it is the best metaphor ever constructed concerning the artist’s dilemma of observing the world and recording it, or becoming a part of it and risking the loss of yourself within.

9) Eurydice & Orpheus

While on the subject of re-tellings, I’d love to see my favorite Greek myth and one of my all-time favorite love stories, that of Eurydice and Orpheus, novelized, in either a modern or classical telling. In the myth, the bard Orpheus loses his bride Eurydice, and travels to the underworld to use his musical talents to move the hearts of Hades and Persephone enough for them to release her. They decide that Orpheus may lead Eurydice out of Hades, so long as he never once look back to be sure she is following. But Orpheus, mad with worry and suspecting a trick, looks back at the entrance to our world, and so loses Eurydice forever.

So, naturally, it’s the kind of thing I love and need a novel version of. If you want to learn more about the myth, click here:

9) Linda Bergkvist’s Dark Faery Tales

Linda Bergkvist is an immensely talented digital painter and my favorite modern artist. Tragically, she no longer posts her work online but thankfully she produced a number of magnificent paintings before her retirement. For a while she was working on a book of dark faery tales to accompany her illustrations, and I am forever saddened that I may never hold this book in my hands. I want to know the stories behind her masterpieces.

Her work has greatly inspired my own writing, and even if Linda herself never releases her book, I’d love to see how other writers interpret such breathtaking works as these.

Check out more of Linda’s artwork here.

10) Nightwish Novels and Within Temptation Tales

I have an immense love for symphonic gothic metal and find it enormously inspirational. I can’t be the only one. So where is the lush high fantasy epic based on Within Temptation’s Deciever of Fools?

or the sprawling, century-spanning tragic love story of Nightwish’s Ghost Love Score?

Make note of these requests, oh valiant writers of the world! 😀

Also, keep doing what you’re doing. You’re awesome.


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What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Have my wishes already come true and I just don’t know about the book(s) yet!? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Resolutions For 2014


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1)My first resolution is to finalize the edits on my novel manuscript and begin sending out queries. 🙂

Next I shall list my Reading Challenges for the year. They are resolutions 2-10, and encompass my general resolutions to read and blog more. There are lots and lots of crossovers and I will also update the books listed as I obtain more. 🙂

Real Book Challenge on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare

First up, the 2014 Real Book Challenge. I am definitely a print snob and so ALL of my books are real books, and everything I read will count for this challenge! Yay! 😀

I am aiming for the level of Real Book Queen at 50+ books!

1) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) Steampunk Poe

3) White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4) Divergent by Veronica Roth

5) The Fracking War by Michael J. Fitzgerald


Next up, the 2014 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Evie-Bookish.  The idea is to read books that have been sitting on your shelf unread for some time. I am signing up at the Sweet Summer Fling level, which is 31-40 books.

1) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) Divergent by Veronica Roth


Next we have the 2014 Rewind Challenge hosted by Coffee Bean Bookshelf. I really like this one because the idea is to read books that were not released in 2014, and I have lots of those! 🙂 My goal is to read 20+ books for this challenge.

1.) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) Steampunk Poe

3) Divergent by Veronica Roth


Next is the Dystopia Challenge 2014 hosted by Blog of Erised. I’m joining this one at the second level, Rebel, for now. That gives me a goal of 7-12 books.

For this challenge I’m planning on reading:

1) Divergent by Veronica Roth


Next we have the 2014 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge hosted by Debz Bookshelf. I’m going for Devilish Wolf level, which is 4-6 books.

Some of the books I’m planning to read for this challenge are:

1) Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

2) Red Riding Hood

3) Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip

4) Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip

5) Cinder

6) Scarlet

7) Cress

8) Of Beast & Beauty


Now the 2014 YA Mythology Challenge featuring YA & MG involving mythological elements.

Books I Plan To Read For This Challenge:

1) The House of Hades

2) The Dark Lady by Maria Dahvana Headley

3) Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

4) The Once & Future King

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Next up, the 2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge hosted by Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf. My mom, who is a witch (like me!) insists I go for the Crone level, which is 16-20 Witchy books.

1) The Fiery Heart

2) Silver Shadows

3) The Once & Future King


Then we have the 2014 Series Challenge hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat. I love series so I’m at least going for the silver badge, which is 4-6 series.

Series I’m hoping to tackle:

1) The Newsoul series by Jodi Meadows

2) The Divergent series

3) The Testing series

4) The Lunar Chronicles

5) The Matched series

6) The Mortal Instruments

7) The Infernal Devices


I’m also participating in the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled By Love. I’m challenging myself to read at least five series-enders.

Series enders I intend to read:

1) Breaking Dawn

2) Infinite

3) Allegiant

4) Graduation Day

5) Reached


I’m also joining the Ethereal Reading Challenge hosted by Riedel Fascination. It’s a really neat challenge – fiction and non-fiction count, and its all about paranormal phenomena! I’m aiming for the “Healing” level of 21-30. The host wants to us to stick to more realistic paranormal phenomena, but since I tend to think most paranormal things have a basis in reality I’ll try to limit what I count for the challenge. She says she’s on the fence about reincarnation but I’m positive it’s real so I’ll be including it. And I get to count my Reiki textbook! 😀

Ethereal Reads I’m Aiming For:

1) My Reiki Textbook

2) The Diviners

3) Incarnate

4) Asunder

5) Infinite

6)  The Fiery Heart

7) Silver Shadows

8) The Once & Future King

9) Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip

10) Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip


The Catch-Up Challenge 2014 hosted by Sarcasm & Lemons

I have TONS on catching up to do so I’m very excited for this one!

1) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) Steampunk Poe

3) Divergent by Veronica Roth


And last is the 2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge hosted by Books and Iced Coffee Book Blog.

1) The Sea Inside by Vickie Johnstone

2) White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3) Divergent by Veronica Roth


Phew! I better get started! What do you guys think? Good challenges? Any I’m missing? Let me know!