In fifth grade I turned in an English assignment that was nine pages long. I forget what the teacher's required minimum was for this particular story - I think it was something like six complete sentences. This was a general English class, where preadolescents were being taught to say "isn't" instead of "aint." I remember the whining and complaining of the other students. It didn't register until many years later that there was probably a very good reason why I felt compelled to write such an atrosity. I remember the junior high school librarian, along with several teachers, making a big deal about it and asking if she could keep it. I wouldn't take writing seriously again, for about twenty years; even then, I didn't think about that early story. I think about it a lot, now, after recently committing myself to finishing a novel and writing on a daily basis. What I remember about the story is that it was basically a plagiarized, compressed version of "Robinson Crusoe." Even though I regretfully didn't get to go back and view that mini-manuscript, I am sure that, in another world, Mrs. Odom is happy she kept it, if only for how that memory stands firm now. I plan to attend the June Pitch Conference in NYC this month, and leave with a special agent for my novel, "Special." www.rasavary.com takes you to my website and http://rasavary.blogspot.com takes you to my blog. I haven't had much time for blogging but at least you can find me by using these 2 links. Have a great day!
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