Friday, December 19, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest

I'm participating in DL Hammons Deja Vu Blogfest today.  The idea is to repost a favorite older post from this year that you feel didn't get quite the viewing you'd hoped for.

I thought, hey, "that will be easy," then I started looking at my old posts.  Yikes, what a decision.  Not that they were so amazing I thought they all needed reposting, I wish.  I was a little underwhelmed and I wasn't sure any of them actually deserved being reborn.  Finally, I found one.  It's short and sweet and I thought it exemplified a kind of Christmas-time spirit, so here goes:

From October 17 2014,

No Powers Necessary

Yesterday, I was talking with my 10 year old son about my YA Fantasy novel (in editing phase) as I drove him to his guitar lesson.  He’s an avid reader of YA books so I respect his literary opinion. I explained some of the problems I was having with it.  First, he told me that a few of my ideas were a little too cliche so I might want to change it up a bit. Then he went on to give me his input on the weaponry my characters should be using, one of his favorite aspects of any story.

After a while he thoughtfully added, “Your main characters shouldn’t have magical powers.”

“Why?” I asked, sneaking a glance at him in the back seat.

“Because they shouldn’t have to use magic to be special and save the world.  Anyone can do it.  Everyone is special just by being themselves.”

Wow, I thought, and mentally prayed that he would always be himself.

Hope you enjoyed my Deja Vu post and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Kathy :)

Show the world how special you are by being yourself!


  1. Hi Kathryn, I found your blog when I signed up for the Deja Vu Blogfest. I think you picked a great post, and I love the way your son thinks. Heroes need to come in all shapes and sizes. I hope you enjoy the blogfest and have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks, nice to meet you! I agree we need all types of heroes!

  2. Nice to meet you, Kathryn. I think your son is onto something--that magic can be an easy way out, a riff on deus ex machina. Tremendous kindness, perseverance or intelligence are more deeply heroic than, say ice rays.

    1. Nice to meet you too! Thanks. I think magic is relied on too much! But ice rays do sound pretty cool too! :)

  3. I remember that. Your son is very wise.

  4. “Because they shouldn’t have to use magic to be special and save the world. Anyone can do it. Everyone is special just by being themselves.”

    That is a special boy and you give him a HUG right now!!!!!

    Thank you for re-sharing this today. Definitely worthy! :)

  5. Love this idea. It's partly why on my WIP I'm working on now, I've decided to make her completely ordinary. No special powers, just smarts :)

  6. Wow! Your son has great insight! I absolutely agree with him. :)

    Great post, and Happy Deja Vu!

  7. I think I remember this post from before, thank you for re-posting and re-minding! What a lad! he's so on the mark ..

  8. Well now, that's just about perfect. I hope he never loses that vision of life.

  9. Oh, out of the mouths of babes, the truth, always! Love that! What a very smart boy you have there. May he continue to have this amazing view of people!
    Happy Deja Vu weekend! Hope you're having as much fun with this as I am. So glad I found you. I'm interested in writing YA so will be great to visit your blog frequently.
    Happy Holidays,
    michele at Angels Bark

  10. I agree, wow! You need to take credit too of his outlook :) Belated Deja-Vu catching up! x