A Universe Trapped in a Labyrinth

This is my boring and interesting and teenager life spanning from age 15 to 18 (May 2015-August 2018)
Within you'll find many re-inventions of myself, boy trouble, school trouble and life trouble. (Plus interesting bits I thought I would include as well).
Do you dare to enter the maze?

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88. Authors and remembrance

 

11th November 2015

There are two things which I will tell you about today:

The first being that it is Remembrance Day, the day in which we remembered the fallen of the wars. Those brave souls who didn’t deserve to die were celebrated today with poppies and a two minute moment of silence.

To be honest I don’t think this is enough. But I also think that the day can’t be disrupted enough to do more, maybe we could have a national holiday like we had for the royal wedding?

I could not bear to think what it would be like to lose a father or brother or even a son, I don’t even want to imagine the feeling. I feel sympathetic to those families and wish them that grieve didn’t ail them for too long too seriously.

We will always remember those fallen soldiers, even if it is spent in silence.

The second thing being that today I also met Patrick Ness. I’ve got a book signed by Ness before, since I won it in a competition here, but I’ve never met an author before so it was a new and excellent experience.

In Seven Stories there was an amazing atmosphere; low lying beams, which I knocked my head on (not because I’m tall but because I’m stupid) and what I wanted to climb. The beams were strung with fairy lights which gave the room a somber mood and Ness sat at the front. At the hour question and answer questions I could see but a strip of his head since I was at the back. But despite that he raised some interesting points.

You should only write for yourself, not because of someone else or for someone else but for yourself. You are the driver in your own adventure. Writing doesn’t need permission in order to occur. He wanted to write a YA novel that made him laugh, picking jokes with common YA clichés and 1D although he said that the jokes weren’t meant to offend, and that went around the universe in a different view. Not from the chosen one’s point of view but the people who just want to survive in a world where the chosen ones have to make it happen. He wanted to showcase a novel which made relatable characters, even writing himself into one because for a novel to be relatable the characters have to applicable and because everyone has to write themselves into a novel. Also, he wanted to show OCD as something that was more of a prison then some mild cleaning tendencies. Even signing my book he told me that Nanowrimo was something that should be fun and not a chore. He said to remain positive and look on the brighter side.

 

He really is a kind and aloof man who has long winded answers that actually stay on point and answer the question asked. In addition he didn’t just promote his books but he highlighted the problems of being a teenager and the need to make them aware to the world, and the hows and whys of writing.

K. 

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