You've probably been wonder why I haven't posted much. I was working on novel for the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It's a young adult novel with a satirical edge. I actually had started a novel about 15 years ago. That novel focused on a bullied teenager with a terminal illness in a small town in the 50s.
I have sadly lost interest in this story. Maybe it was because the story followed the main character from birth to his death at age 18 or the amount of research on the culture of the time frame of the storyline. As I researched the young adult novel market, I decided the world didn't need another young adult novel about a terminally ill young person.
Another thing that is overdone in YA literature is dystopias. Usually, these are to be allegories for junior high and high school with a kingdom, where "ugly" people must compete against "beautiful" people in an "athletic" competition.
My new attempt at a novel is a more realistic dystopia. If I was too describe it using a past pop culture reference, I would say Green Acres. It is about a hipster teenage boy, who is forced to move from a small town in California to a small town in Missouri when his grandparents get sick. The boy becomes the most hated person in town after he e-mails the president about a bill sponsored by the local congressman, Earl Bob Porcine, that would allow schools not to admit students not born in the school district. The kid closes the e-mail by pointing out to the president that the name Porcine is the word for swine and that Congressman Porcine looks like a pig. The president mention the joke in a press conference. Turns out just about everyone in town is related to Congressman Porcine.
I plan to satirize small town and Missouri politics, as well as, hipsters and high school. I did some quick research on being a hipster and found out (Wait for it) I was a hipster before anybody else was. Since this takes place in modern times, I won't have to do a lot of research.
I didn't get very far in the contest, as I write on paper before transferring to computer. Also got hit with a ton of responsibilities from work. I intend to finish this one. Wish me luck!