We often forget about those little things in our lives, those tiny, seemingly insignificant things that give us enjoyment.
Trees of pine and a hint of sunshine.
Oatmeal packets and tennis rackets.
Butterfly wings and flowers in spring.
The Traveling Wilburys and bumblebees.
Doctor Who fans and frying pans.
Windows, IBM, HP, and Dell.
Written works that may never sell.
Bad jokes, puns, and non-sequiturs.
In my life, I’ve loved them all.
All of these things,
These little things,
They make me feel good.
They make me feel great,
They’re small and subtle,
Insignificant and plain,
But I’m grateful for them all the same.
1) Unnamed Teenage Hacker Story – This is my working title for a probably YA story about a girl with extreme hacking skills. She’s a bit of an introvert, and spends most of her day in the attic of her wealthy parents’ huge estate … dressed in yesterday’s pajamas and offering questionable technical help for hire to anonymous online clients. She has to become an amateur sleuth when she discovers that bigger, better, and genuinely malicious hackers have cleaned out the online bank of which her father is the CEO. I’m not quite sure where this story is headed, but I’m having a lot of fun working with this morally ambiguous antihero.
Inspiration hit, so I sat down and wrote several pages of disjointed plot. If I know what’s good for me, I really ought to take a step back and outline this story before I go any further. 😛
2) The Elementals – This is one of those stories I thought of over a boring afternoon. I’ve jotted down a basic story treatment, involving four super-cool teenage girls with elemental powers, called the Elementals (or Elementalists?). Think Avatar‘s element-benders, with a hint of Power Puff Girls. My intended audience is probably the same demographic as readers of The Babysitters Club. For starters, there will be unrealistically hip and mature twelve- and thirteen-year-olds, and social drama. 😀
Right now, I’m trying to organize these ideas into a decent outline – if my schedule (and attention span) permits, I’ll try to turn that outline into a book. Let’s see what happens!
As for Seaport 2.0, part of me really wants to fix this story from the perspective of these older, (hopefully) more mature eyes after all the work I did inflicting it on the world 2 years ago. Writers like me tend to suffer from the Sandpaper Curse. Maybe I ought to just take this story for what it is, and let it be. So yeah. Maybe I’ll get around to writing a new version someday, resplendent with ghosts from the past and real secrets. Right now, I’m just not feeling it.
Sometimes, it’s better to wait a while, let the raw emotions heal, before opening up about them. I wrote this poem a few years ago, in the wake of a long and challenging experience. Now, I can look back on those times with a clear head, and I think this is okay to share now.
Continue reading “Start and Stop – a poem”
I recently discovered the Top Ten Tuesday weekly tag from The Broke and the Bookish blog. This week’s tag is “Ten Books Every X Should Read”. As an older reader with an affinity for kids’ books, here are some books and book series (in no particular ranking order) I think every child at heart should read. 🙂 Continue reading “Books Every Kid (and Kid-at-Heart) Should read”
Where do I begin? This book is amazing! All I can say is that this book left me feeling eponymously wonderstruck.
Wonderstruck tells the intertwined stories of two different children in two separate time periods. Ben is a young boy living in Minnesota in the seventies. He was born deaf in one ear. His mother died recently, and stays next-door with his aunt’s family. His partial deafness makes it difficult for his cousins to relate to him.
Ben never knew his father. On a dark, stormy night, he finds what he believes to be a clue among his mother’s belongings, a bookmark for a New York City bookstore, signed by a man named Daniel. Ben is determined to track down the clue’s source, and hopefully, in the process, his father. Just as he picks up the phone to call the number on the bookmark, the house is struck by lightning, which traveled up the phone wire, and Ben is rendered completely deaf from the shock. Ben, however, is undeterred by this new challenge, and sets out alone to New York. There, he finds his way to the American Museum of Natural history….
Rose’s story takes place in the twenties. Rose was born completely deaf, can’t speak, and communicates solely through writing notes. Her father doesn’t understand her, and her mother appears to be out of the picture. Rose is attempting to learn to communicate by more “conventional” means for deaf and mute people, but finds them to be restrictive and unnatural. After an argument with her father, Rose runs away to New York City, in search of solace. She finds her way to the same museum, back when some of the most captivating exhibits were being constructed…. Continue reading “Review: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick”