My title is still in process—the working title borrows too much from John Irving—The World According to Jude. See what I mean? How about Heather and Her Adventures Above Ground? Too much borrowing? They both work more than the original ones I have come up with though. Still working on it.
Heather's mother has dragged her(and her little brother Michael) from her stepfather and her hometown with barely more than the clothes on her back(and a leather bag slung over her shoulder containing The Complete Works of Jane Austen, the largest book she could grab). It was the bravest thing her mother had ever done, but now she worries that her mother has exchanged one devil for another. Jude, the charismatic director of the shelter, sends her and her brother on an adventure to the biggest indoor amusement park in America with twenty dollars in her pocket and a ticket to all the rides she wants, it should be too good to be true. Instead of enjoying herself, she finds herself chasing(literally) a strange boy(and saving him from a familiar policeman). As she gets wound up in the boy's exploits(art project), she discovers he's the teacher she has been looking for. But Heather will need to face the part of herself that she fears the most.
This is a coming of age story told in first person through the eyes of Heather. Her family lives in a homeless shelter in Minneapolis, where it is clear that not everything is as it appears. As she encounters the characters of her new reality, Heather has to face the part of herself that she has been desperately trying to stifle.
Can you help me with this? What do you want more of? Less of? Where am I too vague? Too wordy? I would love to hear your response.
My sister Karlene. Thank you for reading the blog. It's humbling me that you take the time. I can't wait to see you in two weeks. I feel like you do so much for me. What can I do for you?
And I just heard tell from another follower that is yet another lovely member of my extended family. B.B., it has been so nice to be in touch with you again.
Isn't it so lovely to be surrounded by such generosity? I do love that you all return and read the things I have to say. I will try my hardest to keep it real. I will not try for good or funny or brilliance just something authentic.
Also, I will be away for a week. I will post when I return.
As Always(the next post is soon and all about novel #1), Tina
I have an MFA in creative writing, an unpublished YA novel under my belt and in a drawer, my second, a novella, is nearly done. Click through the door below to write with me in The Practice Room (follow this link to read more about it). I post the schedule each Sunday - like clockwork. On the blog, I post whenever I like.