From the Fiction Issue – Case Study 2: Recognition of the Self, by Sarah Hall
Illustrations by Klone Yourself
REFERRAL AND INITIAL PRESENTATION
Christopher [surname unknown]
When Christopher arrived for his first assessment he was not like a normal eight-year-old boy. There were elements of wildness to him—long unstyled hair, signs of tooth decay, brown patches on his skin from ringworm. He oscillated between stony emotional blankness and moments of high energy when he prowled around the room, picking objects up and examining them with almost forensic scrutiny—he seemed especially drawn to the collection of ammonites and geological specimens I kept on the shelf. Nor was he age appropriate with respect to his behavior, having no concept of basic social restrictions and rules—for example, he found the shoes he was wearing uncomfortable, so he took them off and began to chew at one of his heels. When he spoke he used a fascinating and unorthodox mode of verbal communication, lacking the personal pronoun, and transposing “I” with “we.” “We want to go back to Lea,” he told me. Christopher was referred for treatment after hospitalization due to extreme weight loss. He was at that stage living in temporary foster care, after removal from his home—a mountain commune called Brant Lea, near K-town (an isolated, fellside settlement in northern England).
Christopher had been discovered wandering the upland moors by a hiker, disoriented and suffering from mild hypothermia, and was admitted to the pediatric ward of the local hospital. He was 18 kg (80 percent of his expected body weight) and alarmingly cachexic—staff described him as “looking like a kid from a concentration camp.” He also had lice and fungal nail infections. He displayed a highly restrictive eating pattern, and when questioned, he described his diet as comprising produce grown or gathered—legumes, lettuce, wild snails, rabbit, and crayfish. There were no immunization or dental records. The site was 11 miles from K-town, an old, part-ruined farm property on common land where the group had squatted and taken over. Christopher had spent all his life to date there. After a program of inpatient weight restoration (sedation and nasogastric tube were unnecessary) Christopher began to eat moderate portions of food. He was discharged and placed in foster care while Social Services assessed the case. After four weeks his foster carer took him to see the family physician, concerned about repeated weight loss. She suspected that Christopher had been using food-avoidance tricks, like hiding bits of meat in his clothing and under his bed. There were also boundary issues—he kept walking in on her while she was in the bathroom, even after instructions not to, and he did not respect her personal property.
Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration.
CHARACTER, POINT OF VIEW, DIALOGUE
Advantages, Disadvantages and Skills (character traits)
Family Echo (family tree website)
PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE, OUTLINE
SETTING, WORLD BUILDING
TOOLS and SOFTWARE
My Writing Nook (online text editor; free)
Bubbl.us (online mind map application; free)
Freemind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
XMind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
Liquid Story Binder (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $45.95; Windows, portable)
Scrivener (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $39.95; Mac)
SuperNotecard (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
yWriter (novel organization and writing software; free; Windows, Linux, portable)
JDarkRoom (minimalist text editor; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
AutoRealm (map creation software; free; Windows, Linux with Wine)
And another one, put up for any of my followers who want it.
I’d in theory like to pay more attention to doing writing in a more serious way. I’m not sure what it is that I’m hung up on.
|—||Ernest Hemingway (via kastronaut)|
Charles M. Schulz, PEANUTS: A Golden Celebration.
For not being a writer or much of a cartoonist in the sense of the strip format anymore, I think about this bit almost daily.(via docshaner)
Amazon Studios is offering its first Script Spotlight Award: $10,000 for the best rewrite of ZvG: Zombies Vs Gladiators. Check out the story department feedback, and upload your version by Aug. 31.
“We think Zombies vs. Gladiators – with its well-drawn characters, rich setting and…
It’s time for the 6th Annual Write-A-Thon!
NYC’S ONLY WRITING MARATHON
Change what it means to Marathon!
Write your a** off for a great cause!
*Devote a day to writing
*Meet other writers
*Attend free creative writing workshops
*Inspiring lunch time talk by bestselling novelist/playwright/poet Jessica Hagedorn!
*Help NYWC’s free creative writing programs
for the formerly homeless, at-risk youth, seniors & others
*Prizes for top pledge-getters
*Raise or donate a minimum of just $150!
Saturday, June 11th, 2011 from 10:30am-6:00pm
Free lunch and light breakfast will be served!
Library of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street, NYC
Prizes to top fundraisers!
- A Kindle, donated by Amazon.com
- iPod Touch, donated by Tekserve
- $250 Gift certificate from Better World Books
- Dinner for 2 at Pastis + signed Balthazaar cookbook
- Membership at Paragraph: Workspace For Writers
- Membership at Brooklyn Writers Space
- 4 tickets to the Brooklyn Cyclones
- Family Fun pass for 4 from Luna Park Amusement Park
- Gift package from skinny skinny
- Astrology Reading from Emily Trinkaus
- Private Yoga lesson from Sarah Herrington
- Gift certificate for 2.5 hour home detox session from Raganella
- 2 tickets to the Battle of The Boroughs Talent Quest 2011
- Autographed set of 6 Chuck Klosterman books
- Tickets to Treehouse Shakers shows
- Free drink coupons from JOE coffee
- Subscriptions to Bellevue Literary Review
Whether it be fanfiction, original stories, drabbles, songs, poems, books, or anything that has to do with creative words, then reblog. Let’s gather all the writers of Tumblr together.
Comic books, screenplays, and experimental poetic prose novels here.
I was introduced to this quote by my girlfriend. I think it’s a wonderful description of the power of literature.