Today is another first for me. I'm participating in my first blog tour!
My first first? That was yesterday. When I joined Twitter. And the beginning of the end was, well, begun. If you're not following me: @SarcasmGoddess, you're missing out on a rip-roaring good time, which is to say, it's a total mess over there ya'll. I'm talking about peeing in elevators, people pulling my pants down and squirrels in my under-carriage. That's what Twitter's all about, right? Right?
On to The Tour. Today's post is in conjunction with the Blog-A-Licious Blog Tour.
So glad you asked. It's a fantastic blog hop that brings together bloggers of all genres, backgrounds and locations. In today's hop, the blog featured before mine is DK Levick's Writing in the Woods. And...the blog after mine is a fellow SheWrites gal Totsymae. Check em out, say hello, leave a comment, become a follower. If you don't Very Bad Things Will Happen, like the beginning of the end of the world. Oh wait, that's already happening.
As part of the Blog-A-Licious Tour we're allowed to give give-aways. Which is super fab. Cuz I have something to give. If you follow my blog I will give you awesomeness. Oooooh. I also give awards to followers. They're weird. The awards, not the followers. Well maybe the followers are weird too, but that's okay. Cuz this is a Judgment Free Zone. Check out the award tabby thing at the top if you think you're interested.
Before we get to the theme of this tour, I have to give a big WOOT WOOT to Amber West who introduced me to the tour. She's also the one who explained Twitter to me. If things continue in this fashion I'm going to have to name my first child after her.
'Kay, you guys ready? The theme of this tour is The Book That Inspires Me the Most. When I saw the theme, one book came instantly to mind. But could I really write about this book? I searched and searched my mind, but kept coming back to this one: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
For those of you who haven't read it, it's about how a bullied kid goes on a shooting rampage at school.
A book about a bullied kid who kills other kids is what inspires you most???
Hear me out. It's not the story per se that inspires me, but the amazing way in which Ms. Picoult tells it. It was the first book I'd read by her, and quite honestly, I'd never read anything like it. Clearly being bullied is a terrible senselss tragedy. And so is the death of innocent students and teachers.
What Ms. Picoult does so well is present a tradegy, a controversial issue, those things in life where, in the opinion of most, there is a clear right and wrong, a pure black and a pure white, from the point of view of everyone involved. She takes you for a walk in their shoes - the victim's, the family's, the "bad person's" - makes you understand why they were compelled, driven, possessed to make the decision they did. And in the end, although you may not agree with what they did, you better understand why.
As an aspiring writer, I read Nineteen Minutes and was in awe. As a reader, I was captivated by each page. And as a person, a citizen of this world, I was a little less quick to judge, to snap to a decision, to assume those "I can't believe they did that" actions of others were entered into lightly.
Lastly, what Nineteen Minutes and all of Jodi Picoult's books do for me, is inspire me to be a better writer. I've been writing for as long as I can remember, but since Nineteen Minutes I've been challenged to re-evaluate how I tell a story, to think about what makes a story "good," to make Every. Word. Count.