I don’t understand why New Year’s is such a big deal. Am I being a party-pooper? That’s what Rob said when I told him I wasn’t going to his party for all the performing arts kids. You’d think he would know better after rehab.
A year ago we were waiting for the Army to tell us that Bri had been found in an Army Hospital. Or any hospital. Or even that he’d been found with amnesia and he’d have to learn who we were again. Anything would have been better than the news we dreaded and feared. But it came.
The amazing thing is that life went on after we got the news. The principal asked me to make a presentation about him in the assembly and one thing led to another, and hear we are. It’s been nearly a year.
Mom was kinda weepy earlier. She got that way on Christmas too, so Dad said that tonight was just for the two of them. He told me about it before he told Mom, which made me feel very grown up. So Diego and I are going to watch movies tonight. And eat popcorn and maybe M&Ms. Dad made me promise I wouldn’t have a party, but he was fine with my having Diego over. He said he’ll trust us and we’d better not give him a reason to change his mind.
What would you watch on TV if you were with your boyfriend? Am I leaving myself wide open with that question? Sure hope not. I guess I’ll find out how well you know me by your answer.
Whether you respond or not, I hope you have a wonderful New Year. 2017 has to be better than the first part of 2016.
What’s ending at the end of the day on December 1 is Writer Advice’s Fifth Scintillating Starts Contest.
Have you shared the first 1000 words of your memoir or novel with us? You should. We are known for our great feedback, and you have a chance to win a cash prize and have your work published in Writer Advice, http://www.writeradvice.com.
Grab and hold us with your opening paragraphs. We’ll read from works in progress as well as finished manuscripts. Submit up to 1000 words of any unpublished memoir, novel, or creative nonfiction by 12-01-16 to Writer Advice’s Scintillating Starts Contest.
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Have you started one?
Consider submitting the first 1500 words to Writer Advice’s Fifth Scintillating Starts Contest, http://www.writeradvice.com. Every submission receives specific, detailed feedback. Finalists receive additional feedback from judges Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Kevin O’Keefe, who were the winners of last year’s contest.
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Here’s the contest blurb:
Grab and hold us with your opening paragraphs. We’ll read from works in progress as well as finished manuscripts. Submit up to 1500 words of any unpublished memoir, novel, or creative nonfiction by 12-01-16 to Writer Advice’s Fifth SCINTILLATING STARTS Contest. Additional details, fee, and link to Submittable atwww.writeradvice.com. Questions (but not submissions) go to Lgood67334 at comcast dot net. We’d love to read your opening.
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Long ago you kept a diary. Do you remember? That’s how you first got noticed. It wound up being a series called “Dear Diary” which ran in Dramatics Magazine. It was probably a launching pad for Talent.
Now that you are more mature, I want to encourage you to keep a journal. I know your English teacher has suggested the same thing. Hers was for extra credit, I believe. This one can tag on to that. It’s for personal enlightenment. Write about what you are feeling and thinking. Write about what you believe. Write your wishes and hopes and even your fears if you want to.
Not sure how to start? Start with what happens today. Things come up. You might also start with this article full of suggestions for keeping a journal. I’ve shared it with the women on Story Circle Network, and I’d like you to have your own copy. So Many Benefits from Journaling That link should take you right to the article on Story Circle Network. Write back and let me know what you think, okay?
The summer of 2016 has been something else. I like the movies and some of the music. I hate the news. I feel sorry for adults sometimes. You have so much to think about. So while I was practicing driving with Dad, I thought of a few hints that might help you get along with us. Many of you already do, of course. But not all. And not all the time. So read my list. It just might help.
Listen to us. You’re doing that right now. But listen even when you’re mad, okay? We know we’re not perfect (except for Rob) and we want you to understand why we do the things we do.
Don’t always play the teacher—even if you are the teacher. Sometimes we can teach you things.
Ask questions—but not too many—and if we don’t want to answer back off.
Respect our privacy. You wouldn’t want us diving into your drawers, your computer, your cell.
Respect our rights. Mom & Dad have gotten really good at this, because they’ve talked about rights. I have the right to talk, but not to talk back. They will let me keep going out as long as I respect curfew. Things like that.
Question: What advice would you give parents, teachers, and other authorities? Please write back and tell me, whether you are a teen, a tween, a parent, a teacher, an authority, or an interested adult.
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