This month, I am participating in the daily Slice of Life, hosted by two of my favorite bloggers, Ruth Ayres and Stacey Shubitz of Twowritingteachers.wordpress.com. Throughout the month, many bloggers have committed to writing every day. Comments are welcome, so feel free to link up to their websites and read some of the daily entries!
One of the morsels of advice that I hear from favorite authors is to collect characters and stories so in this post, I am doing just that. I have a page in my notebook, but a few have come my way just recently...
Mr. Schirmer- He just recently passed away, after living an amazing life. He was born in Germany and moved to CT after the war. He invented and patented several things, finding great success as an engineer. His daughter did not know that he had bought plots until after he had died. He had a choice of purchasing two plots right together or seven plots right together. He bought seven because "he didn't want anyone close to him."
Jenna- a beautiful high school freshman who is growing too fast, finding herself as the 11th person on a ten person team, and not sharing her friends' increasing interests in boys. She has finally been invited to play on the competitive soccer team as a team member and not just as a training player. Could a picture book work for such an old group? Probably not and it might not be edgy enough for the age group... hmmmm.
Gabby- a third-grade girl who doesn't talk. Smart, well-liked, seemingly happy, she stopped talking in first-grade and is now in a class with a teacher she loves
Ms. Quinn- A former nun who helps in our schools with some of the test prep who told one of the funniest stories/jokes I have heard in a while as we sorted through packets and stickers. Seventh-grade girls were testing out their lipstick applications by pressing their lips against the bathroom mirrors until the head of school marched them into the bathroom and had them watch how difficult it was for the custodian to clean the mirrors. He dunked the sponge into one of the toilets and began wiping at the mirror.
Eunice-A friend of my 15 year-old daughter who moved into our town this year, just in time to begin high school. She has a younger brother with significant disabilities and a mother who doesn't speak English. She just told Julia that she will probably be moving to Kansas this summer because her father has a job offer there.
Maddy- A friend of my 16 year-old who is smart, beautiful, and resistant to rules. She met my daughter at Starbucks on the day after my daughter got her driving license and was furious that Larkin would not drive her home after their cup of java. (It's illegal for kids to drive other kids for a year after they get their license!)
Over the course of this month, I will write about these stories and maybe someday, I will weave them into a bigger book. For the time being, I'm liking the collecting.