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My Young Adult novel, DOUBLE NEGATIVE, officially goes on sale today.
Sixteen-year-old Hutch McQueen is shackled by near illiteracy and trapped in a dysfunctional family. When he tries to escape, he chooses the wrong way and lands in juvenile hall. He might have a another chance if he listens to the priest and the teacher.
On Sunday, July 27 the magical two, JESS and STEPHANIE are hosting me at their Author Tracker blog.
So much for celebrating the Small Things, now let's celebrate the Big Things, like books for kids!
So today I’m having a very different kind of guest. Everybody seated? Ready? Good. Now let me pass the GGs around.
"Huh?" Crowd response.
Oh, What are GGs? Lee nudges her guest who is somewhat green (get over it) and small (get over that, too).
Gabe, you tell them what GGs are and that will get our conversation off to an, ahem, interesting start.
Gabe: I thought everybody knew GGs were Goblin Goodies.
Lee: Well, not everybody. But now that you point it out. . . In fact, now that you’ve answered my first question, I’m thinking you’re not really as nurdie as you say you are. I think we need a Nerd Test. Are you up for that?
Gabe: Uh, sure. I hope I will prove I'm not a nerd.
Lee: I’ll just fire off a few questions and you answer them as best you can. At the end, I’ll tally all your “correct” answers--answers only a true nerd would know--and we’ll see what the results are.
What day is National Nerd Pride Day? A real Nerd would know this one.
Gabe: I didn't know there was such a thing. How about May 4th. (It's Star Wars Day - get it? May the 4th be with you...
Lee: Oye! I'm afraid you're more nerdy than not. So here's question two. If a Nerd wears glasses, would he
Gabe: I'd have to say "b" - I had to help my friend Darvis tape his after an unfortunate flugelhorn incident.a) let them slide down his nose and leave them thereb) tape them if they brokec) buy the latest fashion
Lee: Oh yes. The *cough, cough* flugelhorn incident. Onward.
What did the nuclear physicist have for lunch?
Gabe: Those all sound...interesting. I'm going to have to go with "b" again - I don't like salad and atomic barbecue sounds like Troll fodder - no one wants that nuclear reaction!a)cesium saladb)fission chipsc)atomic barbecue
Lee: I agree with that observation. Now for the last nerd determining question.
Rainbow suspenders are
Gabe: Rainbows are cool, so I bet rainbow suspenders are "a" - neat!a) neatob) uninterestingc) expensive
Lee: It seems you are truly a Nerd. Congratulations. But how is a Goblin Nerd different from say your average teenaged human one? Or are there any differences?
Gabe: Well, I've never met a human, only read about them. The books say human teens are lazy and like to put each other down to make themselves feel better. Here is the definition of a nerd - a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc. ; a person who is very interested in technical subjects. That about sums me up, so if a human teenage nerd is that way, then, we're pretty similar...
Lee: Hmm. Very interesting. Would you like to leave us with some special Broken Branch Falls wisdom a la Gabe the Nerd?
Gabe: I would like to point out that we shouldn't be judged by appearances, but by how we behave and treat each other. What's on the inside is what matters. Just because I'm smart, thin, and awkward doesn't mean I should be pushed around! Nerds unite!
And there you have it. But not yet. Be sure to buy Gabe's book. Hope you do. BTW are you a nerd? How many questions did you get right? Be sure to join my giveaway.
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One last thing. Here's my kind of quirky Eli Wallach, quote for the day: "Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck." Hmmm. I have to think about that one.