First of all, I'm a teacher in Wisconsin, so it's been a stressful week. Our governor is attacking our unions. (Not just for teachers, but for all public workers.) With the future of our public schools uncertain, this week has been a little bit off for me. Mostly, I should stay off facebook because when people who don't fully understand the issues attack the teachers by criticizing us, it's hurtful. I'm sure I'm taking the entire thing too personally, but for the past three days my chest has had a tight, painful feeling inside it.
Second, I'm reading Mockingjay. Each book makes me feel a little bit more depressed. Not depressed enough to stop reading, but I don't think the book is helping my outlook on my current situation. In fact, I woke up at 3:30 this morning unable to sleep anymore with a great dystopian in the works. So even when I'm out of a job because our public schools have gone down the tubes, at least I'll have a great bestseller on my hands.
With that being said, I have a question for you. About Solstice. Currently, it's genre is unstable. Can it be realistic/fantasy? Nevermind that. I've decided I want it to be pre-dystopian. IS THAT A GENRE? I thought about this before reading the Hunger Games and before my state's political affairs depressed me. Although, having the National Guard on call for little ol' us (the teachers) made me add that aspect into my novel. See how this whole mess is helping my writing?!? Good can come out of disaster, I tell you!
Okay, so my questions to you today are: (No, I can never just let you read without nagging you to participate...I need help here-always!)
1-Can I list Solstice as a pre-dystopian? (The events in the book will lead to a future dystopian...making a sequel or third book an actual dystopian....am I nuts thinking this way?)
2-What real-life events sparked a novel idea for you?
3-Does writing serve as an emotional outlet for you?