Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shattered Reflections - Author's Notes

As a child, Emily’s father holds her mirror, and the reflection that she sees is dark and distorted. She struggles against the reflection, which is a battle with self image. She strives to change the image that she sees reflected in that mirror. It is a conflict with no chance of success, but as a child she does not recognize this. She fights to shatter the image reflected in the mirror, by being kinder, looking better, and giving more in an effort to be worthy and reflect a good self-image.

As discussed in the last post, Connections, Emily has two positive influences in her life. Her grandmother adores her and her friend, Reid, enjoys their young friendship. Is it enough to overcome the image reflected in that mirror? Will the prolonged exposure to her father obscure the month that she spends with her Grandmother, and the time she spends with Reid? Would she have a better chance to survive that dreadful self-image if she revealed her father’s mirror with her grandmother or Reid? In her battle to shatter that image and the ugliness that she sees, why would she?

In this passage from Pages in the Wind, Emily seems unable to understand why Reid wants her as a best friend:

Emily savored every moment when she was with Reid, always in agreement with him for she knew that he was the most interesting, exciting, and strongest person that she would ever know. When she was with Reid she did not have to pretend to be someone else. He wanted to be with her although she did not understand why.

As Emily matures into a beautiful young woman, how will the continued abuse affect her emotional maturity? If she cannot reconcile the distinction between the love of her grandmother versus the hatred of her father, can she shatter the mirror? If she cannot alter the image, she is left with the distorted self-image provided by her father. When Emily falls in love, will she hand the mirror to her lover? How will this dangerous transfer of power impact her life?

11 comments:

  1. I unfortunately think that Emily will hand the mirror over which is a disaster I know. I am following your blog, it just gets better and I was wondering if it going to be a book?

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  2. I enjoy your writing and I hope it'll be a book. Thank you for making me think about these things, it is not far from home. Great writing blog!

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  3. I'm currently working on a few projects and would love to talk with you some time about character developement and passive writing. Passive writing is something I struggle with at times. I look forward to hearing from you...smiles...

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  4. You are a TRULY AWESOME writer, something I wish I could do! I am enjoying your blog, how can I get the first posts? THAX!!

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  5. I love the character of Emily and the way you write her. She has a lot of dimensions and I keep reading your posts looking for her! If this is the character work, can't wait to read the whole thing! Awesome!

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  6. I think that she will not mature in a healthy way. You write so well in setting up this heroine, I already feel for her on many levels. Great post, I look for your writing every day. Thanx!

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  7. What an interesting way to tell a story. I think that influence fades if not present, but doesn't go away entirely. Maybe with enough of a catalyst she could hold her own. I'd like to see that.

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  8. Stephen Doles HunterJuly 30, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Emily is my new hero, she is interesting and I CANNOT WAIT to see how she works out this relationship with her father. Great piece of work, can't wait until the book comes out.

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  9. You've developed quite an interesting character with Emily. You have me thinking a bit too...which is a good thing. I am glad to be following your blog. And I'll be back for more! Jenn.

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  10. Your writing is intensely beautiful, I already love Emily and am worried about her. Im happy to have found your writing and I hope to see it in its entirety.

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