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    Remember what happened last time there were snickerdoodles in the house? Judy... she... I can't even say it.
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    i'm seriously considering it...
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    You better not!

    Or else.
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    Uh oh...

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    I can TASTE those things.

    And, no, I don't know what happened last time. Please tell me!

    It sounds pretty juicy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sissybaby View Post
    I can TASTE those things.

    And, no, I don't know what happened last time. Please tell me!

    It sounds pretty juicy.
    All the dirty details.
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    I don't even want to think about that. But I keep getting the visual, anyway.

    Thanks, Smish, I think?

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    Mmmm, a little bird told me there were snickerdoodles here. Let's all keep our clothes on, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    You're a ray of sunshine in a dark and dreary world, swach.



    Into every life crap will fall. ó Anne Lamott


    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didnít do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ó Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoradoKate View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by swachski View Post
    Mmmm, a little bird told me there were snickerdoodles here. Let's all keep our clothes on, though.
    you guys are no fun...
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    I failed my first MG book--I can show you all the rejections, despite the "great concept" and the "beautiful writing". In the end, I had two agents tell me that I should revise it as a YA, which I tried and never finished. The book sort of straddled the line, I guess. The plot felt more MG, the writing, I guess, turned out to be more YA.

    I'm pretty comfortable in YA and so I've returned to writing for that.

    Except last week, when I realized that my fluffy Christmas novel wasn't meant to be YA. It was so obviously MG. And so when I did my writing retreat/3-Day Novel event, I wrote a new MG.

    OMG, I love writing MG. I especially love MG "romance" so much more than YA romance (romance as the element, not the genre--it's very much fantasy).

    *cuddles with MG*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    OMG, I love writing MG. I especially love MG "romance" so much more than YA romance (romance as the element, not the genre--it's very much fantasy).

    *cuddles with MG*
    Welcome to the club, Sage! I hope it is a long and productive romance.
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    Sometimes we need to spend time away from the good stuff, just in order to appreciate it more.

    You went on a no-MG diet. Now you get to savor every bite!
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    Hurray for you, Sage! Now go over to the bouncy castle and bounce to your heart's content. Then get back to writing, because, you know, that's what we're here for. (snicker)

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    Sage + MG =
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    You're a ray of sunshine in a dark and dreary world, swach.



    Into every life crap will fall. ó Anne Lamott


    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didnít do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ó Mark Twain

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    to the kidlit gang, Sage!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sissybaby View Post
    Hurray for you, Sage! Now go over to the bouncy castle and bounce to your heart's content. Then get back to writing, because, you know, that's what we're here for. (snicker)
    I'm pretty good at bouncing. When I was a kid, my mom (Winnie) nicknamed me Tigger for a reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smish View Post
    to the kidlit gang, Sage!
    Thanks

    I'm rereading the book now. I'm so in love, even though I know it needs a lot of work. But the advantage to writing a book in such a short time is that I never got a chance to not be excited about it.

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    Hello everyone! I am new to the whole of the boards and I finally found this thread. I recently finished a YA novel that is in the query stage, but for the last couple of months I have been working on a MG book (although in australia it is often called 'intermediate'). It's got a bit of adventure and some fantasy elements. I already think it's a stand-alone. It's still early days, but I am really stuck into it. It's so wonderful and I love having 11 year old characters. I've wanted to figure out how to write it ever since I started working in a bookshop and asked by the 11-12 year olds and their parents for recommendations. It was usually the reluctant readers and the insanely prolific readers who wanted the most help, which really makes you think on your toes about these books. Although I don't work there any more (it was a Borders. sigh), I now have a real appreciation of some of the more awesome books in that category.

    Anyway, I am currently working through this whole thread. It's really great to read through. I think I'm going to like it here

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    Quote Originally Posted by timp67 View Post
    Welcome, all!
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    welcome aboard, toldyouso!

    I can't do it as well as Timp did, but it's still heartfelt.

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    aw, thanks Timp and Sissybaby
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    Hi toldyouso! You had a good head start in learning how to write by being immersed in a store full of books. The best classroom, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    You're a ray of sunshine in a dark and dreary world, swach.



    Into every life crap will fall. ó Anne Lamott


    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didnít do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ó Mark Twain

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    toldyouso!
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    Welcome to the family!!

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