Tuesday, October 4, 2011

BLOG TOUR: Intersecting blog tours: Flower Child and Poachers


In another exciting intersecting blog tour, author Stephanie Campbell is hosting me (and my new book, Flower Child) on her blog today, while I host Stephanie and her YA novel Poachers over here. So please read on and learn about the joys and mysteries of modern writing from Stephanie, then wander over to Stephanie's blog for my post on how I got here from there, or there from here, or something in between... And don't forget to leave comments. We'll be watching each other's blogs all day to reply to any questions you ask.  http://writersos.blogspot.com/2011/10/guest-blogger-sheila-deeth.html Over to you Stephanie…

This generation is definitely different than any of the past. It has long since been the days of typewriters, handwritten letters, and onion skin manuscripts. Many believe that the technological advancements are leading to a decline in literacy as more gaming devices, cell phones, and music players are being introduced that distract from reading. In the old days, long before the internet, books were a very common form of entertainment. Now, blowing up a moaning zombie is but one click away.

But is literacy really declining because of technology? There are many things that people who believe that technology is the downfall of literacy have overlooked. Many of the things that we do during this technological age is writing based. People can be “writers” without being “authors.”

What is a text but dialogue? What is an email but a description of an event? These are forms of writing. Many people aren’t picking up a book as they used to, but they are using their cell phones. Some of the romanticism may be gone. “Thou art as fair as a flower.” has turned into “Yo girl, you are one sexy thing.” but writing is still writing.

There are many ways that people, especially teens, are expressing themselves in a literary manner without realizing it:

Note Throwing (Yes, even in classroom settings.)

Basically, writing and reading is a part of everything that we do, whether we realize it or not. Like everything in life, the manner in which we express ourselves via words is changing, but that does not mean that it is lost.

About the author: Stephanie Campbell’s new release is Poachers. Her previously published works include the short stories “The Devil’s Chariot” and “Gerard.” She is the author of the novel UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN; and her poems “Child Abuse,” “Mirror, Mirror,” and “The Flame before the Wick” have all won awards.

About the book: Ronnie Toll has never played with other kids. He's never slept soundly throughout the night, turned a corner without checking first, or laughed for the sake of laughing. All Ronnie knows is a world of shadows and monsters. His mother and father, Marion and Leon, are the only ones by his side.

But all that is about to change when his mother is murdered by the monsters that only he can see. With his only safe haven crumbling around him, Ronnie becomes a poacher for the other side to help protect human civilization as he knows it. The problem is, he’s taking on more than he bargained for when he tangles with creatures that are larger than life—and himself.

Available from: http://www.oldlinepublishingllc.com/index_files/OldLinePublishingJuvenilePoachers.html


Ruthi aka abitosunshine said...

Excellent perspective, Stephanie. I like your positive point of view, and for the most part, agree. Our writing methods and forms, they are a changing, but still, we read and we write.

Love the intersection of book blog tours!

Sheila Deeth said...

Great to see you here Ruthi, and thank you Stephanie for visiting and hosting me.

Stephanie Campbell said...

Thank you so much for letting me post! I've been reading through your previous blog posts. It's really interesting.