Well it certainly sounds like a cyclone is trying to pick up my house and carry it away! My dogs are completely spooked by the raging winds. I say it is perfect creative writing weather!
Today I visited more serious picture book themes as I related them to images around me-a sinister ogre in the dark billowing clouds, a child in need trapped behind a neighboring fence. I see story themes in everyday acts and objects. Stories surround us. As I turned into my neighborhood this afternoon after work, I saw two neighbors I’d never met before taking a walk together. One was an older woman wearing dark glasses and carrying a thin white cane. I found myself asking, now what is her story?
On a lighter note, I asked some of my fifth grade students for story ideas today. Wow! I love the way their minds work. Interestingly, none of the characters they mentioned were human (except the science teacher whom they adore!) They personified turtles, penguins, rabbits, and pandas. A little too much Disney, perhaps? I really hadn’t entertained the idea of creating an animal character, but maybe I should. They may be more likely to read it…
Since I’m on the topic of animals, here is a picture of my dog Cate. She is 9 months old now and quite a character!