Gah Be Gone

Letting go of my gah has been one of the best side effects of writing the Wilfair stories.

I'm so grateful that I've been able to write for a living. I'm also grateful that I get to say exactly what is on my mind in what I write. And hoo boy, do I. I rarely hold back while trying to present my viewpoint in a professional and positive (I hope) manner. Sometimes I get a little too voice-y. Let's be honest. I go there, for better or worse.

But put me, personally, under the spotlight on certain topics, and I go mum, preferring to let what I write speak for itself. Meaning that sometimes I'm a bit "gah" when opening myself up.

This is not charming. I know that.

So there comes a time when the gah has got to go.

Because I want to talk about what's beneath the surface in Wilfair. The books are pretty light at first glance, yes, but there's other stuff inside. Like? How it feels to end your teens when you feel you never actually began them. Making a friend out of a foe. Working with your parents, in every sense. Owning your power. Staying kind while not ceding ground. And, of course, I like to think about love and heat and mystery and magic, too. We all do.

That's my very long prelude to a post about an interesting discussion in the comments section of a recent Forever Young Adult book review.

The topic: To wait or not wait?

If you've waded into Wilfair or its follow-up Redwoodian, you probably sensed some of my feelings about what is, no doubt, a very complex topic for almost everyone at some point. (At least regarding these particular characters and their journeys.)

So. That said: Do you like the pace that's being set for Fair and Gomery in Wilfair? Do you feel some of their natural shyness and caution is realistic to their age, or at least some people in their age group? Is it okay to be an old child?

I'm curious and I love feedback.

When I set out to tell these stories I assumed I'd write them and then share related photos and links on my blog and that would be that. But using this blog to occasionally discuss the larger and deeper threads of the stories feels much more satisfying and true. So let's do that, too, k? I'm grateful for the great readers who have weighed in and I've been taking what you say to heart and mind.

Goodbye, gah. I'm so over you.


Carly said...

I personally love the way you've written Fair and Gomery's relationship. You don't often see characters who wait in fiction. It seems like a lot of books that get praised for their realistic portrayal of teens/young adults, receive that praise because the author has given her young characters a sex life - as if this is the only way to acknowledge that "Kids Think About Those Things."

It was sometimes frustrating growing up to feel that that reality was the ONLY reality portrayed in ficition, because there are actually lots of kids who wait. Maybe not as many as those who don't, but probably more than a lot of people assume.

So, I love the slower pace of Fair and Gomery's love story. Old children exist and it is okay to be one, I think. I love reading about all of the little ways that they reach out to each other, seeing the way their friendship is developing. It's definitely a slow burn and for me, at least, it works.

This is not to say that I dislike books where the characters don't wait, or that every fictional relationship should progress at the same rate. It's just refreshing to see something different, and something a little closer to what I've experienced as a kind of shy, cautious person myself.

Wilfair Book said...

Love your thoughts here, Carly. In fact, I think they might inspire another full post, so I'll wait for that to discuss a few matters you've raised. But THANK YOU! For weighing in. Your feedback means oodles.

Erika said...

I like the pace of Wilfair, just bought Redwoodian. I think that it's realistic. So many times in YA books the characters are very forward and things progress quickly but it's not realistic to me. I like this pace because it is slow and realistic, that is not to say I won't be frustrated by it and yell at my kindle that they just need to kiss already but I think it's worth the wait.

Wilfair Book said...

Ha ha, good to know, Erika. I don't want you yelling! Although if you're yelling "yell" that's another story. :)

I vow to keep things lively, or attempt to, in all matters of the heart along the way, even if that kiss is or isn't delayed.

Thanks for weighing in!

Erika said...

After reading Redwoodian I am not sure I think the kiss is Delayed but I am definitely looking forward to finding out if there is an insurance form ;)

Wilfair Book said...

That comment makes my morning. Ha! I haven't seen anyone who has read REDWOODIAN reference that particular moment yet. Tee hee.

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