Blog 5: Short Story Writing

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The six word story I chose was “For sale:baby shoes. never worn”. I chose this one because I felt it was the easiest one to get an idea from. the idea I got from this six word short story isn’t a very happy idea. In my story it will start off with the wife, Emily, telling the husband, Ryan, about antique baby shoes she wanted to get for their baby girl, Penelope. Ryan continues to argue with Emily explaining how the shoes are not in their budget, being antiques. Ryan leaves for work mad and upset after the argument feeling regret the rest of his day at work. this regret gets to him to the point he decides to buy the shoes for Penelope because he knows how important it is to her. After finding and buying the baby shoes he is heading home when he sees off towards the area of his house a huge black smoke cloud. As he arrives home seeing his house in flames he shortly after gets word that his daughter and wife never made it out. Months later ahead the story explains how police find out it was arson. This makes Ryan eager to find out who it was. With past history of hating his wife, he instantly thinks of his mother, Nancy. After court hearings and investigations there was still no proof of it being her. Ryan refuses to let her getting away with it even if she is his mom. Ryan decides to cut the brakes on his own mothers car leading her to loose control and drive off a bank and dying. Getting life in prison, Ryan’s house is being sold. once new people move into the house, they look in the attic to find boxes left over with a pair a old antique baby shoes with the tag still on them. Having to not be their things the new couple have a yard sale selling the baby shoes. I got this idea just after advice from my peers and notes from in class. I now having a better understanding on how to write a story then I did before.

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Blog 4: Independent Reading

Ever since I watched the great movie rendition of If I Stay, written by Gayle Forman, I was excited to hear about I Was Here. Just like Gayle’s previous work, I loved how she takes a touching and sad topic and makes in into a loving mood. Right in the first sentence of the book it starts off with Meg’s suicide letter. In her letter she shortly explains how this is her decision alone and apologizes for the pain it will cause. I was surprised along after reading that how she continued to email the letter to friends and family. Meg also had another letter saying what motel she was in, room number, and what poison she ingested. I felt she was very blunt for also having a note instructing the maid to call the police along with a fifty-dollar tip. This made me confused right off the start of reading this book. A way I feel Gayle Forman likes to write her books is with flashbacks was like in If I Stay, she starts off by talking about the death while flash backing to how it lead up to it. Even thought I enjoy this type of writing, it can make me confused having to jump back and forth. It did make me upset when Cody explains writing her eulogy and including memories of them from kindergarten. Also the way she explained certain details she noticed about her and this made me try to relate but I couldn’t even imagine. My favorite character so far is Cody obviously. She is the main character and after all shes been through she doesn’t give off a sympathetic feeling which makes you want to feel bad for her. Meg is my least favorite character because although she committed suicide I

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feel it was completely selfish of her. I feel it is selfish for anyone that commits suicide because in the end it hurts more people around them worse then they hurt themselves. I can almost relate to Cody because two years ago I had a family friend that decided to take his own life instead of reaching out and till this day I still have so many questions I wish I could ask him. Cody feels the same way for Meg, wanting to just get another chance to be with her. So far I like this book but I can not tell what the resolution will be, too early to tell.

Blog 3: DnTW

My first initial reaction to “The Devil and Tom Walker” was that I did not like it. I felt that it was too hard to comprehend and was confusing. When I think of a short story that was too long. I also had to read it more than once to finally get somewhat of a comprehension of it. The only part of the story I started to get a little interested was towards the end where the suspense started to build up. I also felt like I lost interests once I have to think about the story more and more. I like to read and understand the first time. I can not say I have read anything much like this story before. The main reason I have not read much of anything like this is the amount of symbolization and deep meanings in the story. An example of the symbols in this story was how the author used the trees to represent people in the story. Also by explain how they are “rotten to the core” in sense of people seems pure on the outside but mean on the inside. I got a better understanding once we discussed the story and had things explained. My impression of the society was described poor and gloomy which helped compliment the story. It helped me understand some of the meaning and symbols by creating a lesson learning mood. Which is also why Irving wrote this story, to teach lessons. Some of the points he was trying to get across was the greed, showing how some people will do anything to get want they want, not caring about others. This is one of many points the author tried expressing in this short story. To improve this story for a more modern audience I would try to make it more understanding in a way. Instead of having such deep meaning that you have to stop and think about, maybe having a more obvious meaning that still keeps the reader interested. I also would try to have more action and suspense especially in the beginning. I didn’t enjoy the story until towards the end anyway. If I was the author these are some things I would modify for a more modern audience.

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