As 2015 begin, like most people, I think some of the Doomsday Kids would make some resolutions. Of course, their number one resolution would be to SURVIVE another year, but at least a few of them might have some other personal goals. Here’s my best guess for New Year’s Resolutions for some of the characters who are much on my mind as I write Amy’s Gift,
and begin the outline for book five, which I think will be told by Jax (but I have another idea, too so don’t hold me to that!) I don’t want to give away too much (I know you like being kept on the edge of your seat!) so there aren’t any spoilers here. If you don’t see your favorite it’s only that they’re not featured as heavily in the books I’m writing right now.
Ready? Here we go:
- Liam resolves to have faith in himself. That’s gotten much harder for him now as the Doomsday Kids have faced tough obstacles and losses. Liam resolves to “keep hope alive”… somehow.
- Amaranth resolves to let go of the past. She understands that’s what she needs to do, but it won’t be easy for her. Her anger has been one of her most important survival skills—but she doesn’t need it anymore. For the challenges ahead, she needs to find something else inside her to keep her going. I know what it is… but she doesn’t! Do you?
- Amy resolves not to be so critical and harsh. She really wants to be nicer to the other kids. The problem is they see her as a “mean girl”… but like most mean girls, she’s hardest on herself. I know that (and now you do, too) but when you’re as insecure as she is, it’s not easy to let people know how scared and ugly you feel on the inside. Amy resolves to try.
- Nester resolves to speak and act from his heart…and less from his brain. He’s learning that “book smarts” aren’t the only kind of intelligence. He doesn’t want to always be seen as the group’s “computer.” In fact, he’s starting to have special feelings for one of the girls. Can you guess who?
- Katie resolves to make Liam notice her. She’s at the age of the first major “crush” and Liam is the older boy who has attracted her attention. Do you think it’s possible for love to bloom after the Apocalypse? I’m not sure, but Katie is a tween and she still believes in the fairytale kind of love. Of course trying to get Liam’s attention isn’t going to be easy since Liam is still very much obsessed with Amaranth. Good luck, Katie!
- Jax resolves to keep busy. Why? Because that’s the best way to keep his secrets secret…and if you think I’m going to give you any clues about what those secrets are in this blog post, you don’t know me at all!
That’s it—those are all the kids who are “talking to me” right now. I’ll explain that expression in another post, but as a last thought, I’ll share with you my personal resolutions. Here they are:
Like Liam, I resolve to have faith. Like Amaranth, I resolve to release the past. Like Amy, I resolve not to be so critical. Like Nester, I resolve to speak and act from my heart. Like Jax, I resolve to keep busy, not because I have secrets, but because I have a lot to do and procrastination is my enemy!
Only Katie’s resolution isn’t on my list, too—but I understand hers completely. There are people I want to notice me… but Liam Harper isn’t one of them!
When I talk to high school and middle school kids about my books and about writing they ask me all the time if any of my characters are me, fictionalized. The answer is “yes, all of them.” Every kid I’ve ever written is me in some ways… and not me in others. So of course, the Doomsday Kids resolutions are my own.
What are your New Years’ resolutions? Post them to the Facebook page or tweet me @doomsdaykidz. Looking forward to hearing your hopes to be a better you in 2015!