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Month: October 2017

Goodbye Earl

The six word story I picked was “as she fell, her mind wandered.” by Rebecca Miller. I chose this story because I could think of a story to build off of it instantly and I could flow with to write.  I also felt that I could make it into a story that people enjoyed but could take a lesson from. My idea for this story came from a country song I used to listen to. The song is call “Goodbye Earl” by the Dixie Chicks.  My story was developed by using the idea of a young girl marrying a man that ends up being abusive to her soon after the are married. When her friend finds her in the hospital after a beating from earl, she decides that they have to say “goodbye” to him. The six word story helped develop the story with the idea of her falling when he hits her to the ground and as she was falling she begins thinking of how different her life could be if she did was she wanted to without a man controlling her. One thing I changed from my outline was the date; I decided the 20s was not modern enough for my story so I decided to go with the 60s. I wanted a generation that would be modern, but still follows strict rules made by society. The 60s was the start for more diversity. There were events that protest began to happen in the 60s for equality, like the Day of Rage. the day of rage was a day that people went to smash stores to show they wanted equality. I also changed how my main character would choose her fate at the end to be. I didn’t think she needed to follow society and so she won’t get remarried.  At first I wanted my character end with a happy normal life in the end, but after reading how people in the 60s became rebellious I decided i wanted her to part of that. So in all it took a lot thinking about how i wanted my story to connect with the 6 words on a darker meaning with rule breaking of the time.

fair week

Fair week was great because I got all the great fair food I wanted. I also found a stand that had frozen sweet tea and it was amazing! I decided I’m definitely gonna need to go to the gym to lose all the calories I ate this week. But there was one day I wished never happened. It all started when I got called into work and had to deal with the daycare kids, which may I mention they are satan’s children. Then when I got out of work I was super hungry, so I decided to go to Mcdonalds; the problem with that was I have to ask my parent to go anywhere and I didn’t this time. The problem started when I was at a stop light right after I left Mcdonald’s, when the light turned green my car wouldn’t move! I hit the gas pedal and nothing would happen, I tried turning my car off then back on, I tried putting in park then back in drive. Nothing would work for me.  Finally I decided I needed to call my dad… that was scary. When he answered the phone my voice was shaky. I told him my car wouldn’t move and the first thing he asked me was who gave you permission to go to Mcdonald’s, and right after i told him no one gave me permission that’s when a mechanic came up to my window to ask if i needed help. My first thought was ” really Lord? You decided to wait till after I called my dad to give me help?” The mechanic told me to put it in neutral and then back in drive, it worked on the first tried. I got back on the phone with my dad and told him it was working again. When I got home I had to give my keys to my mom. I couldn’t drive my car back for a couple of days and i got a whole lecture on how lying will get me nowhere with them. The lesson everyone should take from this don’t lie to your dad because they’ll find out sooner or later and it’s not easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

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