DO WE UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF THE WRITTEN WORD??? -- that includes novels and YA // i got fishes

annnnnnnndd yes if you look closely you can see my calendar still says "april" just showing you all real life here 

I don't normally get time to read in the day..especially during the school year. So, I end up staying REALLLY REALLLY late reading...and that can have side effects cuz crazy dreams. But, today, I actually had a lot of spare time and read. and read. and read. It's just the natural thing for me to do...and then when I was in the kitchen, I was thinking about the book.

and you see, that's the point. I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE BOOK. the point it was trying impress, the way it was written, the errors of thought, if I agreed or not...etc

a book is a powerful thing kids. Don't ever underestimate the responsibility you have while reading - like okay, YA these days. ohhhhh my word. I have steered clear from YA for years now, and then a few weeks ago I saw this book about some avalanche and I was like "oh cool, this sounds interesting." 

5 pages later. BAM. swearing.

and I'm just thinking this has got to stop *inserts emperors new groove quote here* 
I don't think I can go into this without majorly ranting....it's wrong. that pretty much sums it all up. But, that book, after a much needed slam shut, got me thinking. 

HOW CAN I CHANGE THAT???

I'm often asked "are you going to try to publish your novels??"
and I'm always like "ha. that's way too hard." 

But then I see the dirt that's laying around and I'm like "hhheeeeyy. who cares if it's hard, maybe I should try."

Because what's accepted and has become normal, doesn't have to be accepted and become normal. 

We have a say. We have the power. We are the young adults. We are the people being changed by what we read. So, what if we actually tried to do something about the content being published? Do you realize the power of the written word? 

Newspapers were started because the words could be read and the news would then be passed around. Also, those words which are printed have strength - they last. Why else have books been burned? Why else are people afraid of them? 
We may not all be writers - in fact a lot of us are readers. (which is a majorly important thing for us writers haha) sometimes I just want to ditch the thought of novels and stick to poetry and short stories - cuz they're easy. *thinks of my own poem and cringes* 

And, of course, I'm not going to leave the Bible out. If God chose to have His words written down, we should all take that into consideration. duh. 

My brother is reading over my shoulder and just asked me a question;
"who are you talking to?"
I shrugged and said "Who do you think I'm talking to?"
"the whole world?"

And, maybe that's a bit of a jump. But, hey, why not? We've all got voices - we all have a choice. 

ooooooohhh and also LOOK I GOT TWO LITTLE MINI GOLD FISHES - they are apparently called "gold dust" which is actually really cute. and their names? Gil and Fin. (at first they were Lewis and Clark which I still really like.....but then Gil and Fin are such fishy names ya know) 

WHAT WOULD YOU NAME YOUR LITTLE GOLD DUST FISH???
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TRYING TO CHANGE YA??

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  1. You are sooooo RIGHTTT and that is one of the main reasons I write. (Pun intended for sure) I definitely read and read and read, but I write a lot too, and I can so relate to your views on YA books these days. We need to be the changers, the shakers, the people considered weird because they don't write hectic sex scenes or use swearwords and God's name in vain as often as commas the way others do.

    We need to be thinking on pure and good things and therefore writing pure and good things.

    Also, your fish names are adorable. Brilliant post as always, Ju.

    -T
    x

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    1. *grins at pun* being a reader AND a writer is super awesome, cuz it makes you appreciate authors even more, ya know? YES YES YES GIRL YOU ARE SOOO RIGHT AMEN

      dude agreed. Look at us - we are going to become a movement and shake the world and show them what us teenagers really wanna read.

      gah <3 thanks Tane - truly

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  2. I HAVE DONE TWO POSTS ON HOW YA IS SO RIDDLED WITH GARBAGE for this very reason. I could rant about it forever. Please go on.

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    1. YES I SAW ONE OF THOSE and I was like HOPE SHE DOESNT THINK IM COPING HER LOL

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  3. I want to change the world. (duh, LOL!) I want to take everything bad, and stuff it in the washer, and then have it come out soaking wet yet redeemed. And who am I to do that? Yeah, seriously. It's the Holy Spirits's job but that does not mean I can absolutely HELP. I can portray Christianity as what is really is, and not some binding religion, through the things I say and the actions that I do. :D

    Fish?? Eeeeeee! I love fish. *smiles* Probably Gilbert and Kiwi.
    (Are those not only the two most clashing-together *cringes at terrible expression* but also the most FABULOUS names?!)

    Amelia xxx
    <3

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    1. woah, I have never thought of it like that but yes - cool!

      haha! I did Gilbert ;) Kiwi is really cute tho - love it!!

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  4. YES THIS IS SO GOOD. *fist bumps* I agree 100% and THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS

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    1. YES THANK YOU *fist bumps you back* glad you agree and YOU ARE WELCOME HAHHA

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  5. DUDE
    YAS, PREACH IT.
    Thank you for writing this. The world needs to here. YA is just so filled with glorified stupidness, it's like... people don't want to read this trash. cmon.

    As for fishie names, I'd say Aeregon or Peter. Lol

    Jazzy | http://thrivinghope.blogspot.com

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    1. DUDE
      HAHA THANKS.
      aww wow. thank you for saying this! I was nervous to post this. and yesssssssssssss DITCH THE TRASH LETS CHANGE THE NORMAL

      oohh I like the names <3

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  6. Woah...this is awesome! The whole time I read this I'm imagining you screaming in front of tons of people like some kinda speech. But seriously, you are so right! <3 this is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. ohh my gosh lol! I legit laughed out loud when you said that bc I was thinking the same thing before I published this. I was worried it would come off as harsh and like..bold lol! Glad you took it well haha XD

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  7. Amen to all that! My post for the 3rd is actually going to be about how powerful stories are xD But yeah. YA is a tough thing. I usually only read the Christian stuff these days because of how horrible the other stuff is. And that thing with your brother saying you're talking to the whole world...that's awesome. The stuff little kids say can be so deep xD

    <3

    audrey caylin

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    1. wow Audrey, you're like the amazing mega blogger or something - I have legit nooo idea what I'm posting in like two weeks lol!! It's so hard - because Christian stuff is so rare - at least that I've found :P Any recommendations? aww ikr?! I love that kid

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    2. So, first, are you looking for speculative YA or contemporary? The ones I know are all speculative -- Dragons in Our Midst (Bryan Davis...basically all of his), Out of Time series (Nadine Brandes), Ilyon Chronicles (Jaye L. Knight), Blades of Acktar (Tricia Mingerink), and almost all of Enclave Publishing has great stuff.

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    3. ooh thanks! I think I've heard of a few of these. *goes to order the books*

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    4. Sorry to barge in on the conversation, but YESSS you need to read Dragons in Our Midst, those books are SO good! :-)

      ~Skylar

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  8. I so completely agree. I want to get good stuff out there. That's one of the reasons I write in general - I write the stuff that me a year ago would have wanted to read. That the me now wants to read. That the future me will want to read. I write for the kids like me who don't want to read the garbage lying around everywhere.

    And your fish are so great!

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    1. yes yes yes - I always think of my younger siblings, or even my own nieces and nephews or perhaps my own kids! It's important to me that reading sticks around..but not the trash being made! uhg

      hahha thanks XD

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  9. GOSH. This is awesome, and I totally agree! YOUR FISHIES ARE SOOOO CUTE! Especially Gil..... *smirks* no offense to Fin tho XD

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    1. aww thanks and THANK YOU FOR AGREEING <3 <3 hahah!! I totally agree. Gil is the cutest

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  10. That was one of the reasons I thought I might like to make movies. ;P but now I know that's a crazy dream, that I don't really care if it comes true or not. I just want to get married and be a wife and mother. Maybe you think that's old fashioned, but that's me XP *laughs*
    But I agree with everything you said in this post and I LOVED IT!!! go change the world! *high five*
    Hmm.... What WOULD I name my fish!? I wonder?? I'll have to think about that LOL. XD

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    1. wooooahh that's really cool though - like I always complain about the lack of good movies, but legit never thought of making one XD And giiiirrrl, no way, not old fashioned - sweet. <3 I agree <3
      YES LETS CHANGE THE WORLD
      haha! let me know XD

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    2. I've always loved the idea of making a movie! When I dream, I dream in different angles and lighting, and I love watching movies that are well made!! The Man from Snowy River!! I love all the angles and the way it was cut, and the music and the lighting *dies*
      Really? You don't think I'm old fashioned? I read blogs, and everybody has this "dream job" they want to do and they're all working towards it and I'm like, "I just want a husband".
      Tom and Huck. I think I would name my fish Tom and Huck. XP

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    3. woooah! If I were you, I still wouldn't give up that dream completely!
      not at all!! I've never really had a "dream job" either. And besides, being a wife and mother is a full time job - so it is like your dream job!!
      haha!! that's the best <3

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  11. WOW YES TO EVERYTHING IN THIS POST (including the fishes...lol once upon a time I had a betta fish and he thought he was king or something xD)

    YA is a genre I've always steered clear from after reading even a little bit of it. I mean, okay, I've never read any of the big name YA books, but like, once I saw a book at my library that looked really good and I was like YES I'LL GIVE IT A SHOT. Ha. Ha. Ha. I did finish it, but I was literally SO disgusted by the end. WHYYYYY? This post is so inspiring, girl. Like, I've always thought of myself as a writer, but sometimes (LIKE NOW XD) I don't feel very inspired to write AT ALL. But you're right -- if nobody steps up to it, who's gonna change the world? The people that already are? NAY NAY NOT TODAY.

    I think it also helps that I like more "creative" things anyway (like writing, photography, film making)...but then the more and MOST important thing is to make sure it's different from the filth the world offers. Because one can't change the world by trying to be like it :D

    GREAT POST, JULES. (as always =)

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    1. WOW REALLY GAHH THANK YOU SO MUCH (hahaa beta fish tend to think that)

      yessssss!! see that happens just waaayyy too often. ITS LIKE OKAY THIS HAS GOT TO END SOMEHOW. awwwww and I feel that too. Like writing is H A R D. but hard is rewarding in the end. YOU SAID IT LADY LETS DO THIS

      Yes - that's for sure. Being creative is so much fun, I agree <3333

      AWW THANKS AUTUMN <3

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  12. I lOVE THAT EIFFEL TOWER LAMP!

    Yes, we need more clean YA novels! :)

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    1. I DO TOO!! I think we got it at walmart jsyk xD

      yessssssssss!!!

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  13. YES YES YES YES YES TO THIS POST
    your fish are cute :-)

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  14. Whoohooo!!! Preach it girl! Books with swearing and whatnot other stuff bothers me a lot too. It's like WHY?! Anyway, end of small rant. :)
    Janice

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