Sunday, July 29, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Ballet Shoes
When I was five, I decided I wanted some satin ballet slippers. Did I attend dance classes? No. I just wanted them. And because I was spoiled rotten, my dad bought them. And oh did I love those shoes. I ran around the house thinking I was going to be the next ballet star. I invented moves and twirls and imitated the dancers I saw on TV.
Enter my bratty brother, a year younger than me. Was he jealous of my wonderful shoes? Did he want to be a dancer too? No one will ever know, because he doesn’t to this day remember taking them. But I know! It is forever burned into my memory. I see him now—running through a damp field wearing my dancing shoes—running through the cow patties and waving at me from my spot on the front porch.
I bawled all night about my shoes. If he ever brought them back, I don’t remember. He probably threw them away for fear of being caught and punished. My dad promised me a new pair, but I never got them.
So alas, I never became a dancer. Would I have become a dancing star if I’d kept those shoes? No one will ever know.
Instead...I became a musician...
and a writer.
Maybe that was my way of making up for the lost dancing dream.
I know...I'll write a dancer into my next novel.
Do you have a lost dream? How did you deal with it?
Sunday, July 1, 2012
I recently had the delightful experience of having my manuscript for The Legend of Ghost Dog Island reviewed by the fourth graders of Ms. Karen Reilly’s Yorktown Elementary Literature Circle. The children drew pictures and made valuable and honest comments.
I like to thank each and every one of them for their wonderful contribution, and share their drawings and character comments here.
Grace D. drew a very colorful boat with flags. She thought Nikki was curious about what the sound on the island was and what Papa was going to tell her about the bayous. She thought she was also dirty because she didn't change her muddy pants, but she was brave to get out of the house and when she listened to the legend story. Wonderful, Grace.
I'd also like to thank Ms. Reilly for the wonderful job she is doing with the students. Their Literature Circle Booklets show that they have really analyzed the story.
The Legend of Ghost Dog Island—Coming out this November from Musa Publishing.