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At age six, I got my first sets of LEGO Bionicle, and quickly tore the intended toy apart; I made my own Toa and Makuta from the remnants of those poor story characters, I gave them relationships and stories and life. When I was eight, I studied Greek mythology in school and started playing online games; the former gave me something to do during lunch while the latter was a timesink, but both were fun and were less costly than Bionicles. Fast forward a few years, and that single timesink gave way to hundreds of others, while the mythological study became a miniature addiction to the works of Rick Riordrian; it gave me the idea to try writing my own book, based on my character in the aforementioned original timesink game: Devin Darkwraith. I found a few other interests while writing his story: animation, musical composition, anime, card games, and many more that have slipped into a jumbled mess of memory; but my wish to create stuck throughout that period of my life. Now, I mostly write, code, and game, but I try the other things with increasing frequency; I would have made note of the people I've come to know in that time as well, but I'm sure I couldn't keep myself to five sentences if I did (don't tell them I said that).
My glorious, glamorous entrance: red and wailing, into the NICU because I'm breathing too fast.
My teacher tells my dad he doesn't have to worry about me being shy, because that morning, I had run into my two year old class, spread my arms wide, and said, "Hey everybody! It's CATIE!"
10 years old, staring at a room of fourth graders I've never met inCambridge, England, on the darkest January day; and I'm okay.
12 years old, discussing empathy in a room of kids from Jerusalem, the West Bank, and America.
14 years old, type, type, typing away, about to start freshman year halfway across the country; what happens now?
Be brief. Be bold. Your life in five sentences.
Explain/describe your entire life in just five sentences. Think of specific moments and turning points — major events and experiences, encounters with important people in your life — that have shaped who you are and what you love.
[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Kevin Huang, 2015]
Ask a family member for a childhood memory. Create the first story of a family collection.
Ask a parent, guardian, or sibling about a childhood memory they have never told you before. Tell their story.
Share the story with the subject of the story and ask for feedback. Is anything missing? Is it clear? Does it accurately reflect the memory?
Revise where needed and ask a second reader (a teacher, a classmate, a relative) to look at it. More comments? More revisions.
The goal is to make it the best story you can with the material you're given and the comments you receive.
This story might start your family on a quest to create a family archive of stories from the past -- your history.
[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Ashley Gehsmann, 2015]
Write freely and just for fun! Go! You've got seven minutes ...
Create a sentence out of thin air. Anything.
Write it down.
Beginning or ending with that sentence, write for just seven minutes.
(Photo credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Kevin Huang, 2015)
So yesterday we interviewed a woman who sang with my daughter. She is the great grand daughter of the woman whose sone was sung. Figure that one out.
We live in lots of communities. This challenge is designed to get you to think about some communities to which you belong. List a few. Then expand on the most important.
When we think of the word community, many things come to mind: Our family, our house or apartment, our building, our street, our neighborhood, our town or city. But there are other communities -- a team or musical group or friends bound by a passion, say, to play video games. What are your communities?
This challenge has two parts, first make a list and then expand (briefly) a couple of those ideas.
STEP ONE: Take no more than five minutes to list all the communities to which you belong. Click RESPOND and list as many as you can. SAVE.
STEP TWO: Edit your post and choose two of your deepest communities, the ones that mean the most to you. Click EDIT on your post and, below the list, write something about each that is important. Tell a story. Or describe something or someone within that community. Or define that community. Or say what it's important.
As always, when you are done, look over other people's work and give them some specific comment.
(Photo credit: Geoff McFetridge design)
Free, free, free at last.
It's summer time
And I don't have to be graded
Ain't that cool
The easiest place to start is here. Right now. Just start in. Just write.
Sometimes it is easy to write, sometimes it is more difficult. But the easiest way to write is to, er, write. Think of a moment that happened today or in the last few days that was particularly memorable. Or pick something you noticed -- a conversation heard, a small action seen -- and run with it. Angry about something? Tell why. Happy about something? Tell the story.
Or just write small. Or share some photographs. Or click on Audio Record and tell a story.
(Photo credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Livia Ball, 2017)