Alison Clement

observations from a novelist who sometimes wants to say something small and see it published immediately

Tag Archive for ‘YA books’

Plot is My Enemy

Mimi asked how I find time to write a blog, and I said I only write about once a month so that hardly counts. It’s spring break, and I’m writing my never-ending YA adult Tarot card novel, which is so difficult because it’s all plot driven and figuring things out. Someone once wrote that I am a master of plot, but that is not true. Plot is my enemy. I […]

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Gaza on a Sunday

> I’m writing the end of a Young Adult novel, a ghost/mystery/Tarot story. A break from my regular writing. Fun! I’m sitting on my red couch in front of a big window. Every now and then, I google Gaza, to try to find out what’s happening. Musee des Beaux Arts ~W.H. Auden About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it […]

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>the deadline

I decide that I want my protagonist’s wrapping paper to be designed with some detail from the Fool card in the Tarot. I google Fool card and get an image of the card. I mess around with the image, trying to make the little circles on the fool’s shirt bigger. They would make a good design for wrapping paper: circles, with something inside them. But what is inside them? Are […]

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>The Self Absorbed Writer

My day job is at an elementary school library. I say I’m a librarian because functionally that’s what I am, but I’m not a real, honest- to- God librarian with a degree in library science. The schools don’t hire librarians like that because then they’d have to pay them a regular, middle-class wage. I read books and I write them. I don’t write children’s books although a reviewer suggested (in […]

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