YA Lit Really Screws Over Parents

In YA literature, parents rarely get a lot of appreciation, especially if they're the protagonists'. In most cases, at least one of the MC's parents are:

  1. dead; or
  2. missing; or
  3. otherwise out of the picture

I thought about adding "incompetent", but that sort of stretching it. Let's focus on the "dead/missing" aspect for now.

Dogtown Weekly: Umm...John Green?

Welcome to the Weekly!

Unfortunately, I have nothing much to say except that it's a month before summer break, I'm on my second John Green book in a row, and I barely got any writing done last night. But it's progress.

So on John Green...he's a great author. So far, none of his stories really blown me away, but he sure is a crafty storyteller who know how to write his teenagers in a sweet balance between "realistic" and "larger-than-life".

I'm exactly halfway through The Fault in Our Stars, even though I just started it today. I have high expectations for the other half, since everyone else holds it toward such a position. All I know is that it's going to end tragically. In what way, I don't know. SPOILERIFIC PREDICTION: I have a feeling that Augustus is going to relapse and die on Hazel. It's a little too easy for Hazel to die, but hey, it can happen. In any case, someone will die, since John Green seems to have a reputation of killing main characters, with what little work he has.

If you haven't already read my article on fallacies, I suggest that you check it out!

Take the jump to see what articles I have to present this week!

Let's Have Fun With: Fallacies

All right, instead of working on that polyamory post I promised, I decided to pull out something waiting for its turn as a draft, finish it, and brush it off.

This is something not directly related to literature, but it's still interesting! I'll be relying on TV Tropes to convey some of the information, but I hope you learn something from this.

Let's get funky with fallacies!

Dogtown Weekly: Prayers To Those Affected By the Boston Marathon

Quote from Mr. Rogers: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
Mr. Rogers' wisdom is still relevant today.
First, the serious subject of the week.

We all heard about the explosions during the Boston marathon, how people were hurt, and the resulting buzz. It's a tragedy. The bad guys have had the largest victory, and even if we catch them, we can't undo what they have done.

The bombings were unexpected, and that's one thing that makes the entire event so bitter. How many people knew that 9/11 would happen on that day in that way besides the perpetrators? How many people knew that the Newtown shooting would happen?

That's the thing. We didn't. We expected that it would just be like any other day. I did, until I sat in front of the computer when I should've been doing my homework, got on Twitter, saw that "Boston Marathon" was trending, knew something big happened, and then got into the tweets...

Like with the Newtown shooting, I hoped that no one died, but like the Newtown shooting people did died. Not as much as Newtown, but when you throw in the severe injuries (people lost their legs!) and the fact that it was in public and got caught on camera, you can't really rank it.

What's striking about the aftermath was how the Internet exploded. My Twitter feed turned into mostly Boston Marathon-related tweets, juxtapositioned with automated promotion (although I wasn't promoting my own stuff, I pushed back Buffer tweets to the next day). It further shows how the Internet has radically changed our society. It has changed what we do in the face of tragedy. We don't just gaze at the TV, waiting for updates. We try to contribute. We communicate news with others, we link to useful sites, and we cope.

If there's one silver lining in this entire event, it's that it showed that people helped. When the bombs went off, the most practical thing for most people who weren't medics would've been to get out of the area. However, some people ran to the site of the explosions to help those hurt. Some went to the blood bank. Some provided food and comfort. Businesses freely lent their services.

Many people refused to be apathetic bystanders. Many people saved lives and helped others cope with the emotional shock that came with the incident. This shows that again and again, people help each other in the face of tragedy, and that's one reason why humanity has hope.

Now that's out of the way...

Look Out For These Music Tracks Soon! [yMusic]

Since I have a post going up this week on YA Confidential, I thought that I should bring back the old yMusic feature to showcase a few songs I think you might be hearing more in the future.

To keep it simple, I'll just put up the YouTube videos for each one of these, along with my thoughts on how it will do.

Ready? Embed time!

Note: Lately, I've been obsessed with the Billboard Hot 100. Every time I refer to the Top 40 or #10 or something like that, I'll be using that as reference.

Dogtown Weekly: And Now Until Next Week

Okay, I'm officially horrible at keeping promises. Bad, bad, ba, ba, black sheep. I'm not finished with my wool, and I don't want to jinx it saying that I'll have it done by Monday.

I'm not sure what exactly happened this week, except for the orchestra concert last night. I guess that put me in a different mindset. But at least I stayed on top of my homework, and I'm back focusing on my sleep habits, after failing a little while ago.

...Okay, I'll promise to have a post up on Monday.

Take the jump to see links to and commentary on great articles you might've missed this week!

Today's Post is Delayed Until Wednesday or So

Sorry, guys. I'm falling through with last Monday's promise.

You see, I'm still writing the blog post intended for today, but I find that I went in a completely different direction, straight into a minefield.

As in, I wrote myself into a sensitive topic. One wrongly worded sentence, and my whole intention becomes muddled and I accidentally offend someone.

I doubt many people are going to read it, but I'm going to edit the article further to make sure I didn't make a Critical Research Failure.

It's not about rape. I don't really have much to say on the topic right now besides what I said in the most recent YA Confidential chat.

It's about polyamory in YA, a topic I have recent interest but cursory knowledge in.

Email me if you want to help beta read the post. I'll have the article up by Wednesday or Thursday.

For now, enjoy this recent trailer for the upcoming The Great Gatsby movie. For bonus points, state all four artists in the background music without looking anything up.

Dogtown Weekly: Does Your Story Have a Vision?

J.K. Growlings listening to his iPod Shuffle.
This was a rejected photoshoot photo.
It didn't have the required sunglasses.
Welcome to the Dogtown Weekly! Time to catch up with some writing articles.

Before I present the ever-growing list of links with commentary, let me direct you to a few one-site posts and one off-site post.

First of all, I need advice for how to cultivate a Google+ community.  Rome wasn't built in a day, but I a direction to walk toward.

Second of all, I'm now a blogger/operative at YA Confidential. I'm on board with an article ready to be put up soon, and I hope this will be a great thing for all parties involved. You should also enter the ten-prize giveaway. It ends tonight.

One more note: I need to create a graphic for the Dogtown Weekly. In this age, pictures are important, and I don't want my social links to look bare when this gets shared. Maybe I'll use J.K. Growlings again and have him read the Wall Street Journal for another photoshoot.

For now, enjoy the photo of J.K. Growlings with my trusty iPod Shuffle.

Now take the jump and enjoy the articles!

I'm Going Operative Mode

J.K. Growlings in sunglasses.
Here's a hint.
Okay, it's time to make the announcement I promised on Friday.

I held off composing this post until last night just to make sure I didn't jump the gun, but since all the arrangements have been made, I say it's safe to let the cat out of the bag.

Did you see the giveaway I was promoting in a lot of my promoting outlets? There was a good reason behind it.


I Need YOUR Help! Taking Suggestions From the Crowd on Community

As you can see, there isn't much of a community here. Sure, you guys comment often, and I appreciate that, but there's no unity. All attempts to force it failed.

For example, there's this embarrassing post. Not only I failed to sustain the discussion question's reach, my first giveaway only had 41 entries. Not 41 people entering, but 41 entries.

But today, I'm not soliciting advice for this blog. Rather, I'm asking about the Google+ community I created, Young Adult Lit and Writing.