Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Another little girl and her goat

Another Road Trip Wednesday, folks
(From the website: RTW is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered.)

This week's topic asks us what themes, settings, motifs, scenes, or other elements do we find recurring in our work?
1. Hordes of unhappy little girls and unhappy mothers (à la Betty and Sally Draper)
2. Blanket metaphors that keep creeping into my drafts (the fog like a blanket, his silence like a blanket, the humidity like a blanket, oppression like a blanket, etc.) Thanks to my beta reader, I recognize and kill those darlings as soon as they descend on me like a blanke--
3. Fathers who try really hard but just don't get their daughters
4. Goats.  Yes, goats.
from here.
5. Pride and prejudice, usually in the main character, which (I hope) gets sorted out by the last chapter
6. Fingers and acute sensitivity to touching in general   

Readers, what have I missed?  If you recently read Song of the Orange Moons (or are reading it now), what motifs skulk around the pages?


  1. Number 2 made me laugh. And goats? In what capacity? LOL

  2. Kate: pet the suburbs. I know. Weird.

  3. So is there some connection to your past with the goats and the blankets, or are they just things you enjoy? :p

  4. Sarah: they're soft and cuddly? My family had two goats when I was a little girl, back when suburbs allowed it. They've found their way into my fiction.

  5. Haha! Goats terrify me. I had a terrible experience with a suburban goat and I've not been able to see them as soft or cuddly since.

  6. Great list, especially those pesky blanket metaphors. I actually bought Song of the Orange Moons a few days ago, so I'm crossing my fingers for some proud goats with parental issues ;-)

  7. Goats? Really? Is it a shapeshifter paranormal romance?

  8. Goats... *shudder* I had a traumatic experience with those buggers in middle school and have never recovered. I'll just pretend like I never saw one on your blog. :P

  9. I hope you like the book, Jillian! I swear my goats (in the two books they appear) are sweet and not at all scary or traumatic. But I can see how those little boogers could scare the be-jezuz out of a kid, with all the nibbling and climbing they do.

  10. recurring goats?! ha! love that.

    and my dad reads my stuff too. always. :)