Friday, March 8, 2013
on becoming a noun
You know who I really admire?
I will tell you.
I really admire Ellen Hopkins.
Here's one reason why: Ellen has created a nonprofit organization to assist and provide care for at-risk kids. The organization is called Ventana Sierra. One of the ways the organization generates funding is through a remarkable Advanced Writing Workshop Ellen will be running in June.
There will even be a workshop there for young writers--kids--and it is absolutely free.
How freaking awesome is that?
You can find out about the Ventana Sierra Workshops here.
In the past year or so, a number of people have asked me to recommend a conference where they might learn some skills and tips.
This is the one.
I run into Ellen fairly often, and she is always so nice to me. Go figure.
One time (and I honestly can't remember which event this was at), as we sat in some place where there was coffee or something just before a panel discussion or something like that, we talked about how Ellen had become a noun--that she was now referred to as THE Ellen Hopkins, and how much bother came with the THE.
I thought about this because yesterday, Terry Brooks posted a review of my novel Passenger on his website.
Lots of people contacted me, asking do you mean THE Terry Brooks?
Yes. THE Terry Brooks.
He, like Ellen, is also a noun.
Anyway, it was really a kick getting a five-star review for Passenger from an author like Terry Brooks.
You can read what Terry said about Passenger here.
And check out Ventana Sierra.