2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

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2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby grewgirl » 29 Oct 2011, 02:44

While in the hospital after a failed suicide attempt, Annie deals with the death of her sister and mourns the childhood she thinks she should have had.

I think that sums up the outline I've been working on for the past week. Annie is one of those children conceived to 'save' and older sibling. She's spent her life believing that her only value lay in her body parts.
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Re: 2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby ElaineB » 29 Oct 2011, 03:50

Wow. That's interesting!
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Re: 2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby deej » 29 Oct 2011, 04:36

Depending on her age and your target audience this sounds like a great premise for a story, good luck with it.
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Re: 2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby grewgirl » 29 Oct 2011, 04:56

Thanks. I've been going back and forth about her age, mainly because of the 'savior sibling' component. The general idea is very different from what I usually write, though, so it'll be interesting no matter what.
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Re: 2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby ElaineB » 29 Oct 2011, 08:23

Jodi Picoult wrote My Sister's Keeper that deals with a "savior sibling." I have a copy (my wife's) but haven't been able to bring myself to read it. Seems too creepy. Don't worry, this is different from yours.
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Re: 2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby grewgirl » 29 Oct 2011, 08:46

Someone mentioned that to me the other day. I haven't read it, but I've had a copy for years. I probably won't read it anytime soon, either.

My idea is being influenced by personal experience, mostly. When I was 10, one of my best friends died of leukemia. While talking to my mom I learned that the doctors suggested something like a marrow transplant, but it wasn't done. He was at a disadvantage as none of his family members would have been a close match - he was the only child of an interracial marriage.

Made me wonder what might happen if a child with a unique genetic heritage needed bone marrow (before the practice of banking cord blood for stem cells), and to what lengths parents might go to try and prolong the life of a child.
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Re: 2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby grewgirl » 04 Nov 2011, 16:57

There's something to be said for those writing software packages out there. Not sure what that something is yet, but I'm finding it helpful. I'm using the shareware version of StoryBox. I can write a scene and then move on to another one without fretting about transitions (which I do even though I know that they can be written later). I have them all labeled and the program lets me arrange them the way that they should happen.

The word count widgets aren't up yet, but I'm pushing 7500....yeah, I'm a little surprised, too.
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Re: 2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby deej » 05 Nov 2011, 01:49

Wow, GG, that's great. Now keep going.
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Re: 2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby PaulaO » 05 Nov 2011, 03:58

Great count!
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Re: 2011 grewgirl - More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Postby grewgirl » 16 Nov 2011, 17:16

Halfway point and I have, as usual, changed the focus of the story. The psychiatrist is proving to be more interesting than her patient at this point. So I've added a few patients to her client list. I think my favorites are the patients in the group home - a very friendly biter with Hep C and a dwarf who tips beds (only of people who are mean to her). I hate to admit that I'm enjoying writing about people's problems.
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