Road Trip Wednesday: Sayin’ It Loud

25 01 2012

Welcome to our 114th Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link – or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.
This Week’s Topic:  Write a dialogue between two of your favorite YA characters 

For this week’s RTW I decided to write a dialogue between the two Sophies — a Sophia and a Sophie. Yes, you heard that right. Two of my all-time favorite characters are both named Sophie. (Sophia’s relatives call her Sophie sometimes).

Sophie is from Red Glass by Laura Resau:

and Sophia is from A Brief History of Montmaray and The FitzOsbornes In Exile by Michelle Cooper

Alright, THE CONVERSATION.
(Please note Sophia is actually from  a historical fiction novel.)

Sophia: So tell me about yourself. It’s nice to meet other Sophies and Sophias besides Sophia of Hanover.
Sophie: …Uh, who?
Sophia: Some princess my cousin Veronica is related to.
Sophie: She must be nice.
Sophia: She is a princess.
Sophie: Man, nice. I just live in New Mexico with my mom, aunt, and my mom’s boyfriend. Not too many princesses in New Mexico.
Sophia: I live with my Aunt Charlotte, my brother Toby, my sister Henry, and my cousin Veronica and my…..cousin Simon, and our dog Carlos…and Phoebe the maid and the servants.
Sophie: Lotta people. It’s just me, my mom, and my aunt Dika but we used to foster a Spanish boy.
Sophia: Like in the war in Gurnica? Where the Germans fired?
Sophie: Yeah, from history class.
Sophia: Ahh. We helped a group of Basque refugees from the war for a while, but they ended up moving to the US with their relatives.
Sophie: Sweet. 
Sophia: I’m sorry, but I have to get ready for the ball. Phoebe needs to help me, darling thing.
Sophie: I understand. Pablo just called.




This was an awesome RTW! Go to yahighway.com to submit yours. Leave links to yours in the comments and I’ll try and check your RTW out. 

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Road Trip Wednesday: Pseudonyms

11 01 2012
Welcome to our 112th Road Trip Wednesday!
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link – or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week’s Topic
If you couldn’t use your own name, what would your pseudonym or penname be?
Great question as always. I’ve always wanted to use my real name. My name — Paige — is awesome because I love to read. Paige minus the i — Page, as in book page. People spell it wrong all the time, but I actually don’t mind when they do because my name fits me so well. However, that’s not the question.
TANGENT OVER. REAL QUESTION.
For a while I had a pen name when I first started posting my stories online. I no longer use the pen name but I gave me more of a sense of security when I first started posting the stories. The pen name was:
Isabel Charlton.
(I bolded that because…I don’t know, I wanted to look cool.) There were a couple of reasons I picked the nane. First, I love the name Isabel and if I had a daughter I’d probably name her Isabel. The last name I randomly picked (thanks, US census list!) and I also thought it was pretty. I picked it because it was far, far from my name and no one would guess who I was.
I think now, if I were to make a pen name, it would be different. I would keep the name Isabel, because I love the name still, but I would change the last name. So I decided to anagram my real last name, because I wanted to be crazy. So in the event that my books are published under a pen name (this is very, very unlikely because I ❤ my name), look for me in the stores as
              Isabel Schist En Nor

(There weren’t a lot of great names. And Schist En Nor sounds vaguely foreign.)

What’s on your highway? What would your pseudonym be? Go to Ya Highway and answer.









Road Trip Wednesday: Top 5 Books of 2011

28 12 2011
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link – or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This is a tough question, but that’s to be expected. I read plenty of books this year. I guess the ones that I find the most interesting, the ones that are the most poignant, are the ones with the trifecta: great writing, great characters, and great plot.
 Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I think that this will probably be on a lot of lists. Quite simply, I adored Jellicoe Road. I loved the characters: tough but fragile Taylor; sweet Jonah; caring Jessa; smart Ben; confused Chloe P; tough Hannah; tough Jude………on and on I could go. There are plenty more characters, and the novel is made up of an ensemble cast. The plot is wonderfully amazing and confusing at the same time, keeping the reader’s attention and making you turn the pages. And the writing! I know everyone blabs about Jellicoe Road, but you should honestly go and read it. The novel is completely worth it.

Red Glass by Laura Resau

This novel was published a few years ago, but it’s not really that well known. Well people should sit down and read the freaking book, because it honestly deserves much better attention. Here’s why, folks. There’s fantastic characters — Sophie, Dika, Pablo, Angel, Mr. Lorenzo — a wonderful plot that tugs at your heartstrings, and fabulous writing that you read for the cadence. But here’s the thing, there’s a wonderful setting. Resau is an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, primarily teaching Mexican immigrants like the ones spotlighted in this story. She makes you feel like you’re there, smelling the roses and the scents. You really can tell that she’s been to the places she mentions many times. Combine the writing, the plot, the characters, and the fantastic settings = wonderful book.

Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

This one I love for the same reasons I loved Red Glass. There are fantastic characters, writing, plot, and setting. Also, this one is written by a YA highway contributor 🙂 It’s a fantastic read, and you’ll adore Mandarin, Grace, Momma, Taffeta, Davey, Ms. Ingle, and everyone else in the entire novel by the end.

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

I loved the mystery of this book. Not everything makes sense in the end, some things are tragic and heartbreaking and this is magical realism at its finest. It’s so confusing that the novel is fascinating. I felt like I was swimming in deep waters as I read it, wading out the truth from the fiction. It’s a wonderful psychological mystery, and I’m excited for Ren Suma’s next book.


Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

I know this is two books by the same author, but this one was just as amazing as her first. The setting, the characters, sexy diving instructors…this one has it all. Fantastic read and if you like travel books check it out in 2012 (or if you have a NetGalley account check it out on the Random House Children’s Books section).

That’s my Top Books of 2011. If you’re interested, go to yahighway.com to enter yours.