Hello Everyone,

Just got done perusing through EllisNelsonBooks blogs here on WordPress. What a take on the top trends I YA books. I am in agreement on the subject matter for the next books and trends in the YA book market and am looking at some of my writings in reference to such trends. What a refreshing topic list, looking through it I am so impressed with how far we have come in YA books and subject matter with so many of our formerly taboo subjects that have such relevance to today’s world. Mental Illness, gender identity, as well the the kudos to the authors who guide d through these stages of Pluto….thanks for the Blog.



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Publishers Weekly did an article earlier this month pointing out what they view as “hot” in YA this year. Those themes included horror, mental illness, gender identity, and the apocalypse. Of course, these trends reflect what editors and agents believe will be popular. It really says nothing about what the reader may actually want. Getting a handle on the reader can be difficult because good statistics are not kept and predicting the future is always tough. But, is there a way to get a feel for what will interest teens of the future? Maybe.

Recently I watched an episode on Gaiam TV where Regina Meredith was interviewing an astrologer. I’ve been interested in astrology off and on since I was a teenager, but over the past year or so that interest has become more intense and I watch quite a few YOUTUBE astrologers as they explain what’s going…

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 TV is Dead, Long Live TV!

“That people will only watch television like this in the future is so obvious,” Jerry Seinfeld said this week at the Hulu upfront event for advertisers in New York City. Seinfeld was talking about streaming of course, and his message was clear: subscription VOD services like Hulu will render traditional, live, linear channels obsolete, much as TV […]

Are You An Anthropocentrist?

Thanks for the article. I immediately thought of reverse anthrocentric arguments, the human things we do that no other species does.

1. Humans Are the Only Species to drink the milk of another species without the need of an orphan.

2. Humans are the only species to continue drinking milk after being weaned.

3. Humans have caused the extinction and devolution of many species ; plant, animal, and insect by such things as clear cutting the rain forests, overfishing, air pollution. We have caused more ecological damage than any natural event or species.

4. Humans are the only animals that murder in cold blood not for food or protection.

Laura Grace Weldon

animal intelligence, anthropocentrism, Paradise, by Gillis d’Hondecoeter circa 1575

When I was growing up we were taught humans were at the top of every chart, far superior to all other living beings. Our textbooks, illustrated with stereotypical images of “cave men,” proved the assertion with a long list of what our species could do that others could not. The list was so smug that I was a bit embarrassed on behalf of my fellow homo sapiens. A skeptic even then, I thought the list was somewhat prejudicial. Worse, it didn’t acknowledge what feels obvious to young children, that we are all things and all things are us.

I don’t for a moment dismiss our many human accomplishments—among them language, science, the arts, and shared rules meant to advance mutual compassion. I simply mean to point out that we’re not better, we’re different.

Besides, what I was taught as a kid doesn’t really hold up. Here are…

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Is Social Rejection the Key to Creativity?

I really enjoyed the article and especially appreciated your delving into the perceived differences between solititude and loneliness. The idea that the creative process must contain both somewhat and the emphasis on the process of the rejection to fire the creative process in a strange way makes sense. Thank you for pointing that out. I enjoyed the article and am posting it on my blog as well. Thank you.

Cody Delistraty

On the psychology of why rejection and loneliness may be necessary evils for the creative genius

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Being Poor

Wow this says much. I can relate I will add my own.

Being poor is deciding what condiment will be mixed with the noodles for a pasta dinner.

Being poor is eying ashtrays for long cigarettes to snatch and smoke down.

Being poor is trying to smile and chuckle when your family explains that things are tough for them and they have had to cut their wine budget, when is the last time I bought a bottle of wine- it has been years.


Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.

Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.

Being poor is having to keep buying $800 cars because they’re what you can afford, and then having the cars break down on you, because there’s not an $800 car in America that’s worth a damn.

Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.

Being poor is knowing your kid goes to friends’ houses but never has friends over to yours.

Being poor is going to the restroom before you get in the school lunch line so your friends will be ahead of you and won’t hear you say “I get free lunch” when you get to the cashier.

Being poor is living next to the freeway.

Being poor is coming back to the car with your children in the back seat, clutching…

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