I had planned to share more of Searchers with you, but because I'm hosting Young Adult authors for the next few days, I'm kicking off the event with six sentences from my own, Shortcomings. Yesterday, I visited a "Safe Home" for women and children and spoke with one of the counselors there. Because my grandson, Spencer, is autistic, bullying and mistreatment have become topics of great interest. I'm planning to use the study guide I created for my book to talk to middle and high school students, and if I can stop one person from being abused, then I will have accomplished something special. If I could go back in time and do things differently when I was a young person, I would flash back in the blink of an eye. I'm haunted by the young man who rode my same bus...the person who committed suicide because he was bullied every day. It was easy to turn a blind eye to avoid becoming a target myself, but I often wonder if I had spoken up, moved over and let him share my seat, or just given him a smile, if things might have been different. Maybe if we thought about what we said before we said it, someone's ego might not suffer. In proof, I offer the first six from Shortcomings:
“Hey, gimpy, wanna race.” Amidst a gathering of her groupies, pep squad captain, Sally Rogers, yelled at Cindy Johnson from across the street. Sally fanned her shoulder-length auburn hair back from her face and stood with one hand on her curvy hip. “If you win, maybe I’ll buy you something new to wear.”Her taunting tone ate at Cindy, but she refused to respond. Sagging against the tree at the bottom of the hill leading home, she wished she could sprint the distance to escape the piercing stares and haunting laughter.
You can join in the fun of Six Sentence Sunday by clicking the link and finding the names and urls to more participating authors. There's a bunch of 'em. Oh, and if you like what you read, Shortcomings is available from Muse it Up Publishing or on Amazon.com. Although it's advertised as Young Adult, it's suitable reading for all ages, and I believe the message it delivers is important.