It’s been 1 year since I started blogging, and to celebrate, I’m going to take a look at some really old writing of mine that I did for school, (along with some comments from me on it 😉) and tell a few stories of things that have happened to me as a writer. But before we do that, make sure to answer the poll below to help me figure out what I should help you out with!
The Lost Princess
Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom there lived Queen Julia, King Rowan (Rowan was a friend of mine at the time) and their daughter Princess Genieve. (Genieve was also a friend of mine) One stary night, Princess Genieve was sleeping in her room that was on the top floor of the castle. Joey Kangaroo came along and did his highest bounce right thru her window. He stole the Princess and bounced right out the window and took her thru the river to his home in the jungle.
The next morning when Princess Genieve did not come down for breakfast the King and Queen went to her room and found her missing. They announced to the whole kingdom that everyone must look for the Princess. (they’re not even panicking ahaha)
Prince Seamus (Rowan’s older brother) immediately went to look for the Princess. He took a crew of men and his fastest white horse he called Sara. (Sara is my best friend 😂) As soon as he got to the river he got on the fastest boat. When he got to the other side he noticed Joey Kangaroo’s footprints in the sand. Seamus and his crew of men followed the footprints thru the jungle right to Joey Kangaroo’s house (he has a house??)
Prince Seamus tried the door but it was locked. So his crew of men lowered him with a rope down the chimney. (how did they do that?) Prince Seamus grabbed the Princess and his men pulled them back up. Seamus went as fast as he could and took Princess Genieve safely home. Queen Julia and King Rowan were so happy. Then they did and they all lived happily ever after.
Wow. Why did Joey Kangeroo even do that? 😂
I used to have more writing of mine, but you know how writers hate what they write? Yeah, I hated it and kept on throwing out my notebooks. So now, I don’t have any writing from years ago. The oldest piece of writing I have that I did outside of school was from grade 7. If you are interested in seeing some of that, maybe I will show it next year. 😛
I am going into grade 10 next month. I’m an online homeschooler. I began homeschooling once I was pulled out of school in kindergarten, and then in grade 7, began doing some of my classes online.
Now, back then, I guess I had a vague idea of how getting other people to read your writing was good, so I posted a bit of my writing in the student lounge (a place where all students and teachers can see emails) and asked if anyone wanted to read it.
A lot of people did, actually. Whenever I emailed out updates, I had to do the same email to a group of 3 people at a time – if I emailed everyone at once with the document, it would be way too big to send out.
One of the girls I emailed had a friend who she emailed my story to. I had finished the first book and was starting on the second book in the trilogy at the time.
Her friend had a profile online on a website whose name I don’t remember. She published my story on it, and I only learned after. The conversation went between the first girl and me like this:
Her: Hi! how are you?
Me: I’m good.
Her: A friend and I published your story.
Needless to say, I was excited. I showed my mom the story, and she wasn’t so sure. No, I told her, I hadn’t given the girl permission.
I remember being a lot less upset than my mom about it. 😂
This is why I now only email my works to my good friends. Remember to always be careful who you give your stories to, because even though they may mean well like this girl and her friend did, it may hurt your work more than anything. I know my works weren’t ready to be put out there like that, and that it kind of kills my chances of ever trying to publish or self-publish them.
I don’t mind so much now. The stories sucked, and I would have to edit them a lot to make them good. It was called The Changelings Six, and I made up the story before I knew that changelings were a thing. If I ever rewrite it, I’d have to make up a much different plot line, a name for them, probably rename all the characters… it would be a lot of work. 😂 So for now, that doesn’t seem worth it to me, and I haven’t done so yet.
Well then, here’s to another year on Julia’s Creative Corner!