Archive for September, 2012

A friend posted this story to Facebook, a story about high school students run amuck.  An unpopular girl named Whitney was named to the Homecoming Court–as some kind of a joke–and the greater community reacts with love and acceptance.

What’s galling about this particular form of bullying is that the students who counted the votes and turned in the results are monitored by adults.  Somewhere along the line, an adult–probably a teacher–saw this result and allowed it to go forward without a word to the students.

Yesterday I subbed in a local high school.  A girl sat alone at the end of the back row while her classmates worked in groups.  I knew the moment I saw her expression that she was new to the community.  I asked her to confirm.  She told me people behaved better in her other classes.  After class two boys remained behind so I asked them why they thought their class was comfortable ignoring the new girl.  One said, “But she’s been here all year.”  I reminded him she didn’t know anyone.  His reply surprised me.  “I’m in Link Crew,” he said.  “I’m on it.”  I was surprised because Link leaders shouldn’t have to have a random sub appear after four weeks to identify the new kids.

Whitney will see (or has seen–I’m not sure when Homecoming is!) half the town turn out for the Homecoming Game.  Alums who have never returned from a game will be there to cheer her on.  The number of likes on her Facebook support page outnumbers the number of people in her town.

It never hurts to be kind.


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It’s been my turn to be reviewed on the Authonomy Young Adult Forum, so a number of other YA writers have been sending detailed and thoughtful crits my way.  They’ve been enormously helpful in helping me correct some ongoing issues–people just weren’t all that fond of me Caroline.  These recent reviewers have pointed out specific passages that made her seem whiny or judgmental, and I’ve taken what I hope are the right actions to fix it.

I’ve uploaded fresh versions of Chapters 1–22.

This would be the perfect time to have a look.  I’m ranked at #26 and could use your support.

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