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Tonight, I had my first book reading.... okay, so maybe it wasn't in public, and my novel isn't even completed, much less published, but I read my first three chapters to my parents tonight. The good news is that they both enjoyed it! I was glad that I finally had the opportunity to get their opinions on it.
As I've talked about before, I've been working on my first novel for quite some time now. Today, I finally finished my fifth chapter out of a planned twelve chapters, and began work on the sixth. I don't know why, but I suddenly decided to ask my mom if I could read some of it to her. When I first started the book, I would send her snippets to read (while I was working on it, I was living at school), and she would give me feedback on editing and revising. But it's been quite a while since she read any of it, because I'm pretty sure the last she read was chapter two. Not only have I added much more to the story since then, but I've also drastically changed the parts that she did already read. So we agreed that after all of the kids went to bed tonight, I could bring my laptop into the living room and read to her for a while.
My dad happened to be sitting on the couch when I came out to read, so he decided to listen as well. It's funny, because even though I know that my dad is one half of the most supportive team I have behind me, he doesn't really enjoy reading like my mom and I do, so he'll usually fall asleep if I try to read him something really long. I figured he'd be out cold before I was halfway through chapter one, but to my complete surprise, he stayed awake and interested through the entire three chapters that I read tonight. When I would stop between chapters to get a drink or clear my throat, he was just as anxious for me to continue as my mom was. That really made me feel good, because I knew that my writing must have been intriguing enough for my dad to enjoy as well. Plus, through the entire three chapters that I read, my mom only had one comment on something that I needed to fix, and I was able to catch a few typos that I had made in my typing.
I'm excited to continue reading to my parents, but I'm also excited to continue writing. I feel as though I have been in a writing slump for a while now; I've been focused on school, and on blogging every day, but I have been void of all good ideas when it comes to my novel. I don't know what happened today, but I suddenly had a spark of inspiration and could get quite a few pages written over the course of the day. I can only hope that my spark of creativity will continue to guide me over the next few days so that I can accomplish even more. Otherwise, my parents are really going to be annoyed that they're left hanging without more of the story!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.