Good Afternoon Readers!
I hope everyone is enjoying the winter, whether it is nice and sunny or rather cold & snowy (like it her, in Texas *gasp*). So as many of you may remember I mentioned in the post before last, Endings and Beginnings, that I started a new writing project. Well, today is the day that I finally reveal that new project to you…enjoy!
Title: WHIMSICALLY YOURS
Genre: YA Contemporary
I think I’ve always been a writer. Me, writing started as a way to share my feelings with the world. As a child no one is really listening and well, I wanted to be heard. ~Cassie
For most, freshman year in high school is a challenge, a time to begin figuring out who you are and what you want to do in your life. But for fourteen-year-old Cassie, who has just gone through being the pawn in a brutal divorce and custody battle, freshman year is a time to start over.
But Cassie doesn’t want to start over nor does she want to write in this “silly journal” her therapist gave her to “chronicle everything, as a way to help [her] heal, “whatever that means”.
WHIMSICALLY YOURS is Cassie’s first-hand account of her freshman year: punching the 9th grade Queen Bee in the face, making a new friend, dealing with her mother’s remarriage, spending the night in the hospital as a result of alcohol poisoning and ultimately forging for herself the person she wants to be.
So that’s the project and two interesting things about it are 1) it’s semi-autobiographical and 2) it scares me to write it, which is why I know I not only have to write but am meant to. To quote Cherríe Moraga, “write from the point where you’re getting afraid”.
On my website I have Cassie’s first journal entry. I’ve outlined the entire story, and I have about 1/5 of it finished. I aim to have the manuscript finished before I go back to school (around January 25-6th). As of now, other than saying semi-autobiographical YA Contemporary Fantasy, I guess to put you in the right state of mind it’s similar to Go Ask Alice (yet not as depressing & not even close to as much drug abuse), The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
What are new/current projects you’re excited for? How do you know if an idea is the right one to pursue/write about?