Good Wednesday morning (afternoon, evening, whatever considering your time zone). It's time once again to discuss our writerly miseries and triumphs. A big huzzah to Ninja Capitan Alex Cavanaugh and the super-dooper co-hosts: Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield,and Nicohle Christopherson!
This week's probing question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
Answer: Nope. Due to several bad habits, I can't even finished my current to-do list.
I might be spinning my wheels, but at least somebody in the family is writing some good stuff. My daughter was assigned a book project in which she wrote several journal entries from the main character's point of view. The book she chose, UnWholly by Neal Shusterman, is the second in the Unwind series.
Here's her take on the main character's conflict:
My deepest enemy is unwinding, having your body taken apart and divided up into different pieces, to be grafted onto someone else. That is why I work here, at the Graveyard, harboring hundreds of unwinds until they turn 17 and can not be unwound. The juvenile authority knows about us and is keeping a close watch on us and I am very afraid that they will soon attack. Everyone says that unwinding is a good peaceful practice that saves lives and benefits others, but they are not the ones being unwound. They don’t know how it feels to be painstakingly betrayed by your parents as they sign the unwind order or to be stuck in a harvest camp wondering how many weeks, days, or hours you have left. They don’t know what it is like to become a fugitive on the run, stealing, and possibly killing, just because your family did not want you anymore. That is why I must protect all of these poor kids so they can have a better future. – Connor Lassiter
I think she nailed the character's voice and produced something they could stick on the back cover. Go kid!
Since I'm co-hosting ISWG this week, I thought it best to combine posts today. Usually CTST is a Friday blog hop. If you're here for just ISWG, you can skip this part, but you'll be missing some cool images.
A couple of hops back I shared an image of a wacky sculpture my husband put together with kitchen trash. Due to quick and dirty writing, many readers thought my daughter was involved in the construction of this silly joke. In reality, she had nothing to do with it. Sedona is a talented artist and
ordered suggested that I show some of her work. Yes, ma'am!
First, I present two paintings, done with acrylics:
The above image is self explanatory, but this next one is a picture of our two cats at Christmas as seen through a wreath of pine boughs and pinecones. It's hard to see the details, but you may notice the stockings hung over a fireplace, a grey cat, a black cat, the Christmas tree, and torn bits of blue wrapping paper. The snowflakes around the edges are done in a glimmery paint.
Next, we move on to mixed media including clay (the bird and weeds), rocks, styrofoam, moss, and more. This is actually two projects. The one in the back is a model of the Roman aqueduct constructed for Social Studies. The bird and waterfall in the foreground were just for fun.
Sedona is also inspired by several clay artists on Instagram. Here is her versions of one such project:
Finally, this is a wooden letter first painted and then decorated in pen. The T is for my name. This was a birthday gift.
If you do the Instagram thing, you can find more and better pictures of her art at Creative_Cat444.
Have you heard of the Unwind series? Are you the only writer in your family? Have you ever posted something that annoyed a family member? Dable in the arts?