A Little Hiatus

Blog Features & Headers.pngSchool starts for me in T-minus one week. Holy crap. So I’ll be off the MTWRF schedule that I’ve held for the Summer. I will hopefully, keep to a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. I’m pursuing my MFA, so I’ll still be reading and reviewing but weekly posts may be scarce here for a bit. Still cannot believe I’m in an MFA program.

I thought I’d make more progress on my manuscript this summer but I only managed to rewrite 150 pages. There’s just 100 left to go for the one I have completed, but 40,000 words left on the MS I’m working on. And that’s just my YA work. I also have this middle grade piece that I want to explore but I don’t want to spread myself thin when I’ve got two big critical papers to write this semester.

I know that I want to explore narrative design in video games and how it relates to YA. Last semester I wrote a really cool piece on how and when multiple points of view were appropriate for a piece. I might further explore that OR take on one of the many tropes that people have added to my ever growing list.


We got our workshop pieces to critique and I was wondering what your LEAST favorite tropes in YA are. Leave them in the comments. My goal is to have a big list by the time our first workshop hits. I also have a master list post that some people have already contributed to, which you can find here.

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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 master’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, Jessica’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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