Me at fourteen:
- Clunky shoes, carpenter jeans, wacky t-shirts, a different nail polish color on every finger
- Fangirl for The Outsiders and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- New school–losing old friends, finding new ones
- Writing a couple of really bad novels That Will Never See the Light of Day
- Collages and quotes all over my walls
- Not sure about this whole high school thing. Or growing up.
Sometimes I wish I could sit down with my fourteen-year-old self and let her know that it’s all going to work out (for the most part). To keep reading, to keep writing, to keep finding kindred spirits. That it’s okay she doesn’t really care about going to the cool parties. That she can maybe speak up more in class (in general) and not be afraid of her own voice. That she’s got some great stuff coming in a few years, so power through the stress and insecurity.
Wish you could talk to yourself at fourteen? The Fourteenery (a fabulous group of 2014 debut YA authors) is hosting a contest in which you’re invited to share a little advice to your four-year-old self. Share your funny/sweet/thoughtful/dramatic advice by reblogging on our Tumblr or tweeting with the #14me hastag. And you can win some seriously awesome (signed!!!) books.
Check out all the details on the Fourteenery and get brainstorming. The contest runs through midnight on Sunday, April 14. Spike’s excited:
So get reblogging/tweeting!