As I was washing the dishes tonight and listening to the mp3 player, Taylor Swift's song Fifteen came around in the shuffle. Listening to the lyrics, I thought, "Now THERE'S someone who understands her target audience!" Even though it's been many, many years since I was fifteen, I can still remember the awkward mix of uncertainty and bravado that she sings about. Granted, she's not that far removed from that age, but to be able to verbalize the feelings the way she did is, I think, pretty remarkable. How does a writer go back and remember what was important back then? I wish now I hadn't been so zealous about destroying all the evidence of my teen-aged dorkiness once I got into my twenties - it might have come in handy now that I'd like to write for young adults, ha ha.