Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Weapon of Silence

For Emily, in Pages in the Wind, she faces the timeless demon of passive aggression - silence. Silence coupled with desire is excruciating.  It is also cruel.  We see this in Pages in the Wind, as Emily spends time with her mother hoping to win her attention.

I felt like I had been dropped from a ten foot ledge, not enough to kill me but enough to leave some pretty big bruises.  Her question was not a question at all; it was a request for me to leave.  I was being dismissed, like a meek maid facing the mistress of the manor before a curtsied exit.  She never looked at me, not even a passing glance.  I stared at her, feeling like the invisible daughter, who never rates her time.  I would have pulled the sun from the sky, and danced on the boiling surface to get her to notice me. 

This silence will play an important role in Emily’s relationship with her mother and set the tone for how she relates to her as an adult.

Have you experienced silence in your interpersonal relationships, and how did it affect you?


10 comments:

  1. Silence is most definitely a weapon and a horrid one at that. I had silence used on me as a child and it left me insecure and confused like your character Emily. I hope that Emily can overcome it and I can't wait to see what happens!

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  2. I know just how that feels. Emily will probably grow up and have bad effects from her mother. No doubt she will lookk for attention in men most likely. I love the characters in your book and would love to know when it is coming out!

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  3. I just have to say a big WOW. I love your writing style, its like I can totally feel it. I really love the description of how Emily felt when she was being ignored. the way that you used the comparisons made me totally understand how she felt. Your a great writer and I cannot wait to read the finished book!

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  4. I really like your writing it has a dark quality but also a hope. Your character is getting more devloped as time goes on and I like her. For me, that is the most important ingredient in a book. Sure to be a great book, keep going!

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  5. I'm a big fan of your blog, been following the progress of your book. I like the way you weave the characters. I especially love the analysis of the characters. They are interesting and multi dimentional. Love the story and this post about quiet rings true, Ive dealt with it in my life. Thank you for reminding me of the dangers of that. Love the post!

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  6. Sally, I think it's a great hook as a beginning for a story. I wrote a memoir in which my mother could have done us both a favor if she ignored me!! You have a gorgeous site here--good luck with it. I think I'm following you but with my pc skills, I never know :).http://mallie1025.blogspot.com/

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  7. Sally, Im a huge fan of yours. Ive been following the story since the first day. Your characters are strong and interesting and I look forward to seeing how this all plays out in your book. I would love to know when it will be released. So far, my favorite character is Emily although I look very forward to hearing more from her other characters. Im a devoted fan!

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  8. "I would have pulled the sun from the sky, and dance on the boiling surface to get her to notice me." Wow!!! What a use of words to help us to understand and feel what Emily is feeling.

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  9. I also love your use of words, I agree with Savvy! You have a talent for spinning a great story. I can't wait to find out what happens!

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  10. I must tell you, I absolutely love your writing and the way you use language. This will be on my book list, for sure.

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