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Okay. I know. It’s been a while since I last blogged, and that is because I have been on a complete writing lull.
Whether it be blog posts or books, everything’s been a little half assed as late, so, I needed to take some time out, and to remind myself how to breathe, (or at least how to be inspired.)
I decided, completely by random, to reread T.J. Klune’s Bear, Otter and the Kid, a book that I haven’t read, in full, for years. Sure, I often flick through T.J’s books and reread the scenes that include doing the baby-making floor tango mostly, but, this was the first time since I was, I believe, seventeen years old that I decided to sit and reread BOATK, and it’s funny. The first time I read this book, with 21 year old Bear, I thought I was way off that age, I thought Bear was so much older, so much more mature (sometimes), and now, being two months away from being 21 myself, I find myself relating to Bear more than I ever did before, I find myself understanding his circumstances and understanding his decision making, and understanding more of the words he uses.
I couldn’t resist continuing the series, with Who We Are and The Art of Breathing which caused me to be attatched to my kindle for almost a week, I loved rereading the bits I remembered, and thoroughly enjoyed rereading the bits that I had completely forgot. I adored the journey that is BOATK, and will always thank the Kid for teaching me how to breathe alongside him, and I count down the days until the fourth, and final instalment of the series comes out.
After being completely drowned in the world of BOATK I’ve found myself in a much better place to continue with my own creations, my own stories, I’ve found a whole new wave of inspiration and plots, and feel like I’m finally back in the swing of things.
So, I must say a Thank You to T.J. who needs to continuing writing such thought provoking and inspiring books, (I loved Tell Me it’s Real, The Queen and the Homo-Jock King, The Lighting Struck Heart and How to be a Normal Person, too of course.)
That Awkward Age
Release Date: 30th November 2016
First of #RJwave2, Superstar is now available with it’s new cover and few added extras inside!
So, here it is, the first rerelease! The first RJ Wave 2 book is going to be released, and of course, how else do I start a rerelease, but with the first book ever released!
Get the new Superstar on the 11th April!
So, whilst redesigning covers and rewriting books, I thought something else of mine deserved a redesign.
I have redesigned my website – www.rjseeley.wix.com/writer
My newly designed website (new colour and all) is focusing more on, Don’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover. Read the blurb before seeing the cover, and I’m quite excited by the concept.
Also, all my brand new covers are available online too, so take a look to find out about new releases!
Let me know what you think of my new website, by leaving a comment or leaving a like.
So, this is something I’ve been musing over for a while, and now, I put it to you.
As an author, I tend to not describe my characters too much. I sometimes add hair colour, eye colour, whether they wear glasses, have braces etc. But, the idea of writing someone’s colour has never occurred to me.
I simply never describe the skin tone of a character unless completely necessary for example;
he was a stark constant to Skylar, especially with his ivory skin tone against Skylar’s more olive skin tone – Ashton (2017)
Other than statements like the one above, I tend to avoid the idea of writing colour. I like to leave that up to the person reading the story, if they want to see one of my characters as a tall, thin, white boy feel free, if they want to see them as a short, rounded Asian boy, do so, I want people to read my characters how they want to, not how I dictate it.
Of course, I’m aware of diverse writing, but I often wonder if pushing it so much makes the story less enjoyable, less relatable.
But, now, it comes to you, which do you prefer,
Readers: Reading and knowing the colour or ethnically of a character? Or not?
Authors: Writing your exact image, your picture in your head? Or not?