A lot of people have been asking when book 2 in the DIVIDED WE FALL trilogy is coming out. Presently, BURNING NATION looks like the image below. All that green and blue marks things I must cut or change. But, we’re making progress.
Adults often look on many of the problems of junior high and high school age people as trivial. Older people often dismiss the difficulties of the young as “just a phase they’re going through.” They have the luxury of making these judgements only because they have already made it through those times.
But the problems of young people aren’t trivial at all. It is important that young people face the challenges of youth well. For their method of dealing with those difficulties leads to real consequences, material, physical, and emotional. The problems they face, whether big or seemingly small, and the methods they learn in response to these problems, have a profound effect on shaping the adult they will become.
That’s why middle grade and young adult books are so important. In addition to being fun, mind and soul nourishment, they offer young people companions, people to care about, with whom they have something in common. Someone to to go with them through the trouble filled hallways, fields, and streets of youth. Someone to say, “you are not alone.”
-Kevin from The Wonder Years (via ssunshowers)
Afghanistan is holding presidential elections, electing President Karzai’s replacement. I pray for safety for Afghan voters and the election of a good, strong anti-Taliban president. This election is critically important to the future of Zulaikha and Afghan girls just like her. It’s so important to all the good Afghan people who have worked so hard to build a better Afghanistan. Afghanistan is rising, Inshallah.