November 19, 1996 Tuesday
Today I showed my journal to Sidney during Speech class when we were in the library. She read almost the entire second half of it! Afterwards she said I was a good writer, and in the journal I seem very normal. Not like I usually am. I didn’t know whether to say thank you or be insulted, Ms. Walls! But seriously, I really believe if you read this thing from beginning to end, by the time you finish you will know me better than… um, me.
Tonight after I go home I started a new story (heaven help me if I finish something I start). This tale is called “From the Desk of Peter Wilkes.” It’s about the life of an 8th grader, everything told through a journal he keeps (does this count as an original idea?). It’s a lot of fun to create a character’s life, but it’s very complex planning the relationships and conflict. What’s fun is I get to decide his likes, his fears, and his life goals. I decide on a best friend, and any girls he may like. I want to make this as believable as possible. So far he has a friend named Steve Collins, who he met after moving from Chicago to the town of Brichbark. No junior high career can be complete with a crush on somebody. Allison Landis is his special someone’s name. Look for it soon!
aka Peter Wilkes, Neil Broadrick, and who knows who else,