Jeanine O'Loughlin

Fantasy, Science Fiction & Historical Fiction Author, Blogger, and Geek

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Fall Sabbatical – New Projects!

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It saddens me to inform you that I will be going on a brief hiatus to focus on a few new projects I’m very excited about but require more of my dedicated time. I won’t bore you with the details, but know that a new novel length project is a part of those projects. I hope I will be able to share that with you in the not so distant future. Please continue to follow me on Twitter & Facebook and I will post updates on new and exciting things throughout my break from the blogosphere.

Happy Writing!

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Friday Book Recommendation

http://www.amazon.com/Call-Wild-Global-Classics/dp/1503302946

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So this book has both a place of love and hate in my heart. When I was in the 6th grade I was in an advanced English group who read books that were a grade or two ahead, and this was one of our first books. I loved the story and viewing a part of the real world from the perspective of a dog. Then I changed schools and in 7th grade was assigned the book again, and then I changed schools again in 8th grade, and had to read the book a THIRD time. I liked the book, but by the third year of writing book reports and essays I was ready to chuck my copy into the recycling bin. I haven’t read it since, but I remember it really well. The story of Buck, a mutt of a dog living a life of luxury as a family pet gets thrust into the life of a sled dog during the notorious Yukon Gold Rush. He changes hands of several owners, some good, some bad and we learn about humanity through the eyes of a single dog. I’ve always believed you can really understand the nature of a person by how they treat their pets, and I think this book really started me on that path.

**FOR PARENTS: I would not recommend this book for children younger than about 12 due to some of the violence involved. If you’re a parent be prepared to talk to your child about animal abuse and other related topics as they are very prevalent in the book and can be upsetting for animal lovers.**

Happy Reading!

Friday Book Recommendation

http://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Games-Box-Set-Foil/dp/054579191X

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Many of you have probably seen these movies or at least heard of them as they’ve taken the teenage and young adult market by storm. I read these books when the first movie came out after hearing several friends and family raving about them. After the first book I found it a charming, fast-paced action/adventure story with dystopian flare. However, as I progressed through the second and third books I found that there was much more to these stories than an action flick.

One short coming I think a lot of young adult novels have is that they put teenagers into these extreme situations who come out triumphant at the end. Some of these experiences are quite traumatic and include death and grief or other strong emotions which are often glossed over in the attempt to move the story forward. I found this very issue addressed in this trilogy of books, showing just what kind of trauma and damage can happen to these young people from being thrown in these situations. There is PTSD, depression, mental programming and much more.

Then there’s the controversial ending. I, like many, were rooting for a good happy ending, and was given something unexpected instead. At first I was angry and bitter, but after given time to think and analyze through the stories I found the ending to be quite fitting and really made me absorb the overall theme and message I felt the books were trying to convey. Now as with all literary analysis I can’t say for certain that this was the author’s intent but it’s how I was able to really take a lot away from the books beyond “wow Katniss is a badass.”

So even if you’re sick of hearing about these books and movies if you haven’t had the chance to read them I would suggest you do, but look for the psychological story beyond that of the adventure and war.

Happy Reading!

The Transgender Character

Thinking Through My Fingers

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” – Issac Asimov

I grew up in a liberal area but with very conservative parents and family, so growing up I never discussed identity crisis or transgender issues until I was in college. It just wasn’t something I was made aware of or that was talked about. However, this topic has been extremely prevalent in very recent events. I thought it would be interesting to add some of that discussion from my perspective here.

Now I haven’t written about transgender characters myself, but very recently I read a few stories that include them, unbeknownst to me initially, and played a video-game that has a transgender character. I was worried these characters would not be treated well but was pleasantly surprised. The authors/creators treated these characters with the respect and genuine care for those who do not identify as their biological gender. They were real, believable and while the subject of their gender came up the discussion was presented in a constructive manner that built sympathy and depth to the characters rather than demeaning them or pushing these character to change their identity to fit a societal type. I think that as our society evolves and we are introduced to the multitude of facets that humanity is made of our literature needs to also evolve to include stories and characters that portray these facets. I have a very narrow comfort zone with my writing right now and of late I have been pushing my boundaries in a lot of different ways. I haven’t completed any pieces due to these bouts of experimentation; how I’m writing it, what I’m writing and who I’m writing about.

Finding one’s own identity and becoming comfortable with that identity is something that everyone struggles with, but when that identity is in contrast to your own physiology I can’t imagine how hard it must be to come to terms with that. I hope that as we move forward to a more accepting and less judgmental society that our writing and our literature also reflects that and we will see more of these interesting characters and we can reach out to those with these life experiences and maybe help them find their own self and know they will be loved.

Happy Writing!

Vote for Me! – Inkitt Writing Contest; Shiver

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Hey blogosphere!

I just entered “The Trials” into a writing content on Inkitt. Please take some time to vote for me!

http://www.inkitt.com/stories/23999

Happy Writing!

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