Monday, July 12, 2010

Connections

Emily’s self-worth is tainted by the reflection provided by her father. In her young mind, the belief that she is defective is reinforced by the absence of abuse to her brother, and her mother’s indifference. The prevailing cruelty was inflicted by her father in private; nevertheless, her mother knew that Emily was tortured by her father. Emily was only able to escape the violence when she was out of the house, spending time with Reid, who was attentive and desired her friendship.

This is illustrated in Pages in the Wind with the following passage:

       She walked quietly around her father, and days would go by, and she would manage to avoid     her father’s physical and mental abuse. She would try to be invisible around her father, tiptoeing out of the room when he was near, listening for the sound of his footsteps, and retreating to her bedroom when he came home from work. If he didn’t see her, he couldn’t hurt her. During these times, she would go outside to enjoy the freedom of being away from that house. Her creative mind and joyful energy would emerge as she ran down the street in anticipation that her best friend, Reid, would be home.

In Emily’s young mind, she does not question her opposing worlds. She follows the path set by her parents, but she does not seem to reflect that image when she is away from them. Will Emily make that critical connection between the actions of her father and how it has impacted her life? How she makes that connection, and when she makes it – will become an integral part of her story.

7 comments:

  1. Great post, I think that if she makes the connection too late it could be a problem. I dont know how this will play out but I think Reid will be in the mix. Fabulous writing, when is the book coming out. Love your writing!

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  2. The connection will be a source of problems no doubt. Love your writing, I look so forward to new posts!

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  3. I think that the connection will be mde to late for Emily but I hope she does see it before disaster hits. Your writing is amazing, I cant wait to see how this plays out!!!! Will this be amovie? It should be!!!!!

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  4. I read through all of the posts this weekend, I felt like I needed to go back to the beginning to understand the story. Your writing is unbelievable and interesting and I can't wait to see the book unfold!!!! Thank you for offering such a great read. I'm a big reader and hope this gets to a book! :)

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  5. I tend to blame the mother because she doesn't stick up for Emily. I think Emily is looking for her mom to validate her and it's not happening. Her connection would be made if someone else in the house could see her as she was. Love the story so keep it going!!!!

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  6. I would love to see this in hardback, I'm a student studying writing as my field tho more a technical writer. You have a talent and Im going back to the beginning to take it all in.

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  7. You're a gripping writer; I love the way you interweave the characters. Your following reflects that. Do you plan to do this as movie? It would be great. Emily is a good heroine and as a reader, I want her to overcome all her obstacles. I'm a published writer, would love to discuss this more....

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I would love your input on this work-in-progress. I thank you for your opinion.