White Gates Adventures Teen’s Page

White Gates Adventures Teens’ Page.

Q. So. Cut the crap! How can someone whom lots of people would regard as “past it”, write for teenagers?

Let’s face it – the dude was born 1948!!

A. I’m reverting. I’m having fun – having adventures… even if I can’t stay up all night any more. (Seriously, don’t get old!!) In my heart I’m having a ball now all that ‘important’ adult stuff is behind me. The thing is both pre-adults and post-adults are on the same side of the Life Arc (the top side). Let me explain.

The Life Arc. (Cool name which I thought up…)

Serious adults will probably want to look at it like this

Life Arc(1)1. You get born at the pink ball and die at the blue one.

2. From pink to brown (pre-adult) your whole life (according to the adults in charge) is about ‘preparing for a successful adulthood’ – education, training, grooming, launching, finding the right partner, learning right from wrong (as decided by the adults in any particular community). You know – you get the picture. A diet of exams and lectures. School isn’t a laugh. (Life just, like, kind of sucks at times.)

3. The top part of the arc is the important bit for adults. Here the adults have power and authority. This is the place for achievement. You can judge the successful adult by the size and location of his/her house, the number and make of his/her cars, the important sounding job titles they have, and the kind of parties they go to. It’s all about making money and stuff.

4. From green to blue at the end of the arc is the slippery slope of decline when the lucky old people get to just relax, go on trips, get fat, do a bit of gardening – and then just die out of the picture.

But we don’t have to have it this way up! Let’s turn it over!Life arc(2)

(This is the exciting part! …)

Here the exciting part is at the top – and the dull adult bit at the bottom.

1. The pre-adult bit is far more than a preparation for being grown-up. It’s a wonderful part of life where we are free from the things that trap adults. Teenagers can be free! You can see things that adults can’t because teens can often see the bigger picture. Teens can step outside the box that is their own culture and experiment. (Of course, there are limits. You know if it’s doing you or someone else harm.)

2. The post-adult bit is the promise of life! Far from declining into a hole, it is a time to explore and adventure anew. It’s about climbing up to greater things. The pink dot (dying) becomes the gateway to new and higher freedoms that make the concerns of serious adults (stuck at the bottom of the life arc) look terribly sad. Post-adults are on the way up! When I was a teenager it wasn’t cool to believe in God – as a post-adult, (do you know what?), I don’t care what people think. God is for real!

So, granddads and grans have a lot in common with teenagers!

  • Oh, just one thing about the green dot. (The time when you just have to give in to being an adult for a few decades.) Many teens quite rightly put it off – gap years and adventure travel, etc. Don’t be in a hurry to grow up. On the other hand, around the age of 25, you have to give up and become an adult – you can’t put it off for ever. But don’t worry, your time will come again at

the brown dot – but don’t try and retire too early. In fact, it’s a mistake to just regard retirement as selfish leisure – it’s making a difference in the world that makes for the best adventures. With all that wisdom and experience, a post-adult can actually make a difference for a lot of people. So, let’s join forces (young and old) to change the planet!

I do hope you enjoy reading The White Gates Adventures. If you want to buy copies I can send you signed ones(!) click here or you can get it in you local library – if it’s not on the shelf, ask at the counter. If that doesn’t work and you don’t have money – let me know… and if you have any ideas for new adventures, comments on the characters, things that you want to ask about, then let me know. I would be pleased to hear from you. Contact me here.

Trevor

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White Gates Adventures Teens’ Page.

Q. So. Cut the crap! How can someone whom lots of people would regard as “past it”, write for teenagers?

Let’s face it – the dude was born 1948!!

A. I’m reverting. I’m having fun – having adventures… even if I can’t stay up all night any more. (Seriously, don’t get old!!) In my heart, I’m having a ball now all that ‘important’ adult stuff is behind me.

The Life Arc. (Cool name which I thought up…)

Serious adults will probably want to look at it like this:

Life Arc(1)1. You get born at the pink ball and die at the blue one.

2. From pink to brown (pre-adult) your whole life (according to the adults in charge) is about ‘preparing for a successful adulthood’ – education, training, grooming, launching, finding the right partner, learning right from wrong (as decided by the adults in any particular community). You know – you get the picture. A diet of exams and lectures. School isn’t a laugh. (Life just, like, kind of sucks at times.)

3. The top part of the arc is the important bit for adults. Here the adults have power and authority. This is the place for achievement. You can judge the successful adult by the size and location of his/her house, the number and make of his/her cars, the important sounding job titles they have, and the kind of parties they go to. It’s all about making money and stuff.

4. From green to blue at the end of the arc is the slippery slope of decline when the lucky old people get to just relax, go on trips, get fat, do a bit of gardening – and then just die out of the picture.

But we don’t have to have it this way up! Let’s turn it over!Life arc(2)

(This is the exciting part! …)

Here the exciting part is at the top – and the dull adult bit at the bottom.

1. The pre-adult bit is far more than a preparation for being grown-up. It’s a wonderful part of life where we are free from the things that trap adults. Teenagers can be free! You can see things that adults can’t because teens can often see the bigger picture. Teens can step outside the box that is their own culture and experiment. (Of course, there are limits. You know if it’s doing you or someone else harm.)

2. The post-adult bit is the promise of life! Far from declining into a hole, it is a time to explore and adventure anew. It’s about climbing up to greater things. The pink dot (dying) becomes the gateway to new and higher freedoms that make the concerns of serious adults (stuck at the bottom of the life arc) look terribly sad. Post-adults are on the way up! When I was a teenager it wasn’t cool to believe in God – as a post-adult, (do you know what?), I don’t care what people think. God is for real!

So, granddads and grans have a lot in common with teenagers!

  • Oh, just one thing about the green dot. (The time when you just have to give in to being an adult for a few decades.) Many teens quite rightly put it off – gap years and adventure travel, etc. Don’t be in a hurry to grow up. On the other hand, around the age of 25, you have to give up and become an adult – you can’t put it off for ever. But don’t worry, your time will come again at

the brown dot – but don’t try and retire too early. In fact, it’s a mistake to just regard retirement as selfish leisure – it’s making a difference in the world that makes for the best adventures. With all that wisdom and experience, a post-adult can actually make a difference for a lot of people. So, let’s join forces (young and old) to change the planet!

I do hope you enjoy reading The White Gates Adventures. If you want to buy copies I can send you signed ones(!) (link) or you can get it in you local library – if it’s not on the shelf, ask at the counter. If that doesn’t work and you don’t have money – let me know… and if you have any ideas for new adventures, comments on the characters, things that you want to ask about, then let me know. I would be pleased to hear from you(link).

Trevor

LittWorld 2015

From Beijing to Kabul, Melbourne to St Petersburg, Buenos Aires to Jos, Chicago to Capetown – people come from every continent and many languages. They come with words of hope and joy. LittWorld 2015, Singapore (1st-6th November), is the thirteenth, and largest gathering of its kind, staged by Media Associates International (MAI), founded thirty years ago in Chicago to promote Christian writing and publishing worldwide. More than two hundred-and-fifty participants from fifty-four countries signifies the rapid expansion of Christianity in Africa and Asia where relatively new churches, growing in confidence and becoming more articulate, take on the challenges of their particular parts of the planet.

The energy and depth of the gathering can fool the casual observer into thinking that the places these people come from are good and happy ones. But this is far from the case. Each comes with stories of marginalisation, suspicion, and persecution as they try to uncover their Christian lights in the world’s darkest and corrupt corners. They operate within the constraints of totalitarian regimes, to write, translate, publish and print material to support mission and Christian care. As well as those who make it to Singapore, we are also well aware that there are many others who dare not or cannot travel. Some who have made it will not allow themselves to be photographed in case it angers the authorities back home. This was especially true of those from the Middle East. Yet the good news is, that Christians there are becoming increasingly bold. No longer being allowed to keep a low profile, they are finding a voice in the face of persecution from Muslim extremism. The hunger for Christian literature is on the rise.

In the West, however, the picture is not so positive. Here Christian literature is by no means immune from the widespread shrinkage of book sales in all areas of life in recent years. The explosion of electronic media has led to rapid reading of the short statement. Concentration spans are reducing. Sentences are brief – thoughts pared to a series of phrases without verbs, articles or grammar. Fewer and fewer people are likely to pick up a book, even an e-reader. The same applies just as much to Christian literature as any other. Andrew Choi of Breakthrough Ltd in China, asks the question, “What in the digital world are we doing?” This causes my head to swim, and I give thanks that I am a writer and not a publisher in today’s fast changing communications scene.

Nevertheless, the art of writing is by no means dead. We hear from Emily Lim, an award-winning children’s author in Singapore, and a group in the Philippines (Lovestruck) getting alongside their vulnerable teenagers with convergences (rallies), books and radio to try and turn the tide of teenage pregnancies. Davis Bunn, a successful author ‘licensed to thrill’ in America, gives novel writers guidance, and Joel Borboryoe of Ghana urges us to authenticate our writing through research. In the final analysis, it is Kornel Herjeczki from Hungary who reminds us that, “[Christian] publishing is not about making books and selling them, but about fulfilling a larger calling: to spread the Good News to our hopeless world, by the help of the Holy Spirit.”

On the final day, we melt into the terminals of Changi airport and head off home in every point of the compass. But we leave encouraged, and determined to do our own bit for the people around us who have not heard in their own language how God can heal and love.
Trevor Stubbs (author of The Kicking Tree and the White Gates Adventures series.)