New Middle Grade Work

cyber-tech-faeriesOkay hear me out. Faeries and vlogging! But not vlogging faeries. Let me premise this with a background of inspiration. Many moons ago, when I was an education major, hoping, naively, to be the greatest teacher ever, we spent a good week and a half going over statistics. Keep in mind–these are the statistics for students most likely to fail.

Why bother seeing anything about the successful kids? That’s silly.

There were many things working against students: if their parents were divorced, if they were the second child, if they were the youngest child, if their older sibling was a high achiever, if either parent remarried, if they were from a single parent home and did not see their parent, if they were a boy or a girl, and of course, whether they were white or black.

Well, I’ve been thinking about that very specific bracket recently because that’s my bracket. Youngest child of divorced parents, grew up in a single parent home, over achieving sibling, both parents remarried… According to the data, I shouldn’t have a Masters and I definitely shouldn’t be going for an MFA.

But I’m white.

Probably the only thing in my favor on those numbers.

And I hate those numbers because we shove them down everyone’s throats but we don’t seem to stop and consider that these children only fail because we tell them they are going to.

So I wanted to write about her. I wanted to create a character based on that and watch her explore new media and engineering, male dominated fields, but also go on her own adventure to discover what makes her special. I wanted to watch her succeed.ย I want her to grow and explore technology while being immersed in a world that’s sort of without it. I want her to be a pioneer.

And that’s where I’m at now. A brief premise and a long running joke. I want her to be recording a live video for her website when she gets kidnapped by faeries, and whenever she asks for help the commenters are just like “Wow! Great graphics!”, “I love this show so much!”, and “Meh. it’s alright.”

Because ultimately, many ask for help and people don’t take it seriously. I want her to get through that too.

I’m excited to introduce the world to Olivia. And I know she’s excited to introduce herself too.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her masterโ€™s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessicaโ€™s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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