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My son, a published writer!




Had a letter today, informing me that my lad is a winner in a national school writing competition, and his 50 word story is to be published in a book later this year.
Well proud of him, it's pretty cool I reckon, and the letter said they had already written to his school, so he's smiling because he reckons his English teacher will be in a good mood with him tomorrow!

The story is called "Silence" and involves a girl arriving home to a creepy open front door , in darkness and... silence! Shocked

He's paraphrased the story to me, but hasn't got the original text because he wrote it only once on the entry form. Basically the girl is freaked out when she gets home in the dark to find an open front door, but it ends with a surprise party and everyone happy.

I expect there could well be up to/more than 1500 'stories' of 50 words in this book when it gets printed, but out of the tens of thousands of entries, my sons is one of the entries which made it to publication, and I'm totally smiling while I think of how proud he should be of himself...I can't wait to go to the public library and read my lads 50 words! I shall obviously buy a copy myself, but when a book is in the UK public libraries it becomes part of history!

Of course this publication is unlikely to attain Shakespearean status but what a wonderful idea to inspire many young and creative minds Smile

*Edit* My lad just told me that his teacher was only looking at the 'boffins' in the class when he told them that they 'hope to get in the book' - He's so gonna enjoy being the non-boff winner tomorrow.



6 blog comments below

Congratulate him again for me. Wink I never liked writing a lot because of the d, dt, t problems which gave me bad points. I'm always jealous at people, mostly writers of books that I read, that they can put so much feeling and such in just once sentence. They pick the right words for the right feelings etc. I only managed to get that once in a text of two pages*. I spent ages, well a whole weekend because it had to be finished on monday, of thinking to come up with the right words and the right sayings. I did get an 18 out of 20 (highest of the class) after my sister corrected all my vocabulary and grammar faults. Razz

*We had to write a story about a village, I took the village where I live and talked about a man who strolled through our village and gave comments and thoughts on the different attractions in the village.


adri
adri on Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:29 pm
Cheers Adri Smile and don't ever be too critical about your English skills. I'm always impressed when I read your posts, in fact you actually write and spell much better than a lot of native English speakers I know!
adri wrote:
I never liked writing a lot because of the d, dt, t problems which gave me bad points

I had a read through that link, wow, it seems really complicated to learn Dutch! That said though, I don't really know the finer details of English grammar, so people might sometimes think my posts could be improved. Not that I care too much though, as long as I can be understood I'm happy with that!

I always feel lucky (or should I say lazy) because English is my first language, it's so easy to travel when most of the world speaks it as their second language.
I'd like to learn more Spanish someday, after spending a few years in a relationship with a Mexican girl I learnt quite a bit, and I find it easier than French.
It's also spoken in all the hot countries so thats a definite bonus Razz
watersoul on Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:55 pm
Congratulate your lad for me as well. Fantastic! I hope the book will be available for purchase online so I can get a copy.
If not, perhaps your young author will allow you to 'publish' in a private message for my reading enjoyment.
standready on Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:55 pm
standready wrote:
Congratulate your lad for me as well. Fantastic! I hope the book will be available for purchase online so I can get a copy.
If not, perhaps your young author will allow you to 'publish' in a private message for my reading enjoyment.

Cheers for the kind words fella, I shall of course update here as I know the situation re: publication.
What an excellent national project for the schools though, the possibility of getting their work published is a brilliant way to inspire young creative minds to get into writing. I know not everyone was as lucky as my lad but hey, we have to have 'winners' to give our kids something to aspire to. I'm well impressed with him! Smile
watersoul on Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:33 pm
That is so great and inspiring too. You sound proud and should be to. Congratulations. It is also, always inspirational when someone shares their success story.

Applause
Bluedoll on Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:40 pm
Thanks Bluedoll, I'm always pleased for my lad when he pulls something off through his own effort Smile
I'm especially pleased about this though because he tells me feels his English teacher looks at him as 'less capable' than some others in his class (the boffins), so when he (the underdog) got into the book, but the expected star pupils failed, he reckons he felt a good foot (0.3048 Metres) taller than everyone else in the class that day.
Enjoy the glory I told him, but be subtle, not arrogant!

He's actually in a nationally top 10 selective school (by results) where his classmates dad's are helicopter pilots, architects, doctors, lawyers etc, but he won his place through his own effort and determination. We're not 'poor' by any stretch of the imagination but one of his closest friends lives in a million £pound house whereas my 2 bedroomed converted stable would be lucky to reach £100,000!
Yep, when my lad makes the grade (without the advantages his friends have - private tutors etc), I will always smile like a Cheshire cat! Smile
watersoul on Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:46 pm



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