Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Questions to help me understand

Thank you for taking the time to help me with this writing project!  If you are under 18 years of age, please check with your folks before emailing me your response.  If you are a mom, would you consider having your daughter (or son), ages 9-25, answer a few questions for me?  You can copy and paste this text into an email.  My address is below.

  1. What books have you read in the last year? (just the titles or series names are fine)
  2. What was your favorite book or series that you read?  Why was it your favorite? (for example: the action, love story, characters I can relate to, realistic characters, great fantasy world, etc.)
  3. Do you like to read?  What genre? (fantasy, romance, adventure…)
  4. Do you belong to an online forum dedicated to your favorite book/s?
  5. Do you talk about your favorite books with anyone?  Who?

I have a few questions that are specific to The Hunger Games trilogy.

  1. Which character did you relate to the most? 
  2. Did you enjoy the books or did you have to read it for class?
  3. What did you think about the violence of the Games?
  4. Who did you want Katniss to choose; Peeta or Gale?  Why?

General stuff:
I am ____male  ____female
Age: ____9-12 years ____13-15 years ____16-19 years  ____20-25 years
School you attend: ____public school ____private school ___homeschool ____graduated

Please email your responses to solomons daughters at att-dot-net (no spaces or dashes and replace with @ and .).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

worldly weights

I am so grateful for the opportunity to pursue this project.  I am blessed by a God that whispers in my thoughts a new idea that I had never seen before.  I am blessed by the people who have encouraged me to write and then to actually share it with the public.  I am blessed to have a husband who encourages me to give this my time and energy.  I am blessed by children who get excited when I get excited about meeting other writers (even if it is only by email).  I am so blessed.  These people all keep me going when I get discouraged.  Parenting is hard and guilt over past mistakes (or the daily ones!) can cripple you into wanting to give up.  When you add a passion, hobby, or work to the mix life can get daunting fast.  It is the community around us that can sustain us or drag us down.  I am so very blessed in the people that I have around me.  What sustains you?  What keeps you going when worldly weights pull at your joy?