Happy New Year to anyone who might be stopping by! I'm excited to see what 2015 brings--in the way of healthy attitudes, publishing opportunities and anything else I'm not aware of just yet.
I'd like to share two things that were brought to my attention by a good friend within the last few weeks. The first is librarian/writer/blogger Kelly Jensen. She spoke recently about plus-sized protagonists. This is where my friend and I found her: www.twinjabookreviews.blogspot.com. She can also be found here: www.stackedbooks.org. It's great knowing there are other women out there talking about and bringing light to the subject of plus-sized living in a "thin is in" world. The articles I read discuss how plus size girls are popping up more and more in YA fiction, in particular. I think this is great for younger girls/women to see characters that reflect a more realistic worldview--one that's more in keeping with reality than what's often portrayed on TV and visual media. Maybe female writers can educate young women and help downplay body/weight stereotypes that surround us today. I would like to be one of those writers. Reading these articles have made me rethink a character I'm working on at the moment. I haven't described her body or physical traits yet. Maybe I'll keep it that way and allow my readers to come up with their own vision of my female lead. Going forward, perhaps I'll write something where I can incorporate a plus-sized character--one that's real, and one to whom women can relate.
I was also introduced to a Tumblr feed called "This is How Fat I Am." Follow this link to check it out: http://iamthisfat.tumblr.com. I admire the women who have submitted to this feed. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to post a picture of oneself and share their weight issues with the world. It's courage I do not possess at the moment, but I am buoyed by this sense of pride and self-worth these women have.
This is a short post because "Mommy duty" calls, but I wanted to touch base with anyone who might be checking in with me, and share these positive body image related resources.
On a lighter note, I found this a couple of weeks ago, and I cracked up. Of course it spoke to me! I apologize for the "F" word...it's not one I usually use. Still, this is funny.