Friday, May 18, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - Graduation Scenes

YA writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts on what it's like going indie in today's publishing world.

Today we get to talk about graduation scenes. Cool! The end of high school or college... the end of an era... it's time to celebrate!!

I have a few graduation scenes that I've written, but the one I've chosen to share is from the first book I ever wrote. It hasn't been published yet and possibly never will, so it's very fun to share this scene with you.

The sun was hot and Amy could feel herself roasting inside the thick gown. She fidgeted without rest as she waited to hear her name. Glancing behind her, she scanned the crowd for her parents. She couldn’t see them, but caught sight of Johnny’s loving gaze instead. Looking back down at her hands she smiled. 

The last person in the row in front stood and walked towards the stage. Amy forced herself to breathe. She hated being the centre of attention. This was going to be so embarrassing. Trying to brush her feelings aside she listened for her name.
“Amy Miller.”
Standing on shaky legs Amy made her way to the stage and walked towards the Dean. With a kind smile he shook her right hand and placed her degree in the other. Amy grinned shyly at the audience and scanned the crowd for her loved ones. As she approached the edge of the stage, she spotted him. He was sitting out to the side of the crowd, sheltering under the shade of a large oak tree. Amy let a watery smile cross her lips as she took in the sight of her father.

Johnny followed Amy's gaze and smiled as he noticed what was making her eyes water. Frank Baxter had made it to her graduation. By the look of Frank’s condition, it would have been a struggle. He seemed old and tired and despite the fact he was wearing a cap, it was hard to hide the fact that his head was bereft of hair. His withering frame was now a shadow of its former self. Johnny's face pinched with sadness. The man had a tough road ahead of him, but the fact that he was sitting in Pennsylvania, smiling at his “re-owned” daughter, was a good sign.

If you'd like to read some more graduation scenes, please check out the other carni's listed below.

Also - don't forget to check out the latest news on the YA Indie Carnival Blog.

1.Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy
7.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog8.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
9.Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series10.Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
11.Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey12.M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping
13.Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler14.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
15.Melissa Pearl, Author of The Time Spirit Trilogy16.Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga
17.Courtney Cole Writes18.Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
19.Ella James20.Maureen Murrish

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