Way Back In First Grade

My memory of this is vague, so most of this comes down to me from my mother. My writing began in the first grade. Do you remember those sheets of paper where the top half was blank and the bottom half had wide spaced lines? Well, my love for writing started on those.

I wrote several stories that year. Most of the subjects of note were biblical in nature, for my family put belief in a high position. I wrote about Moses and the Red sea. I wrote about the true story of Jesus, not the dribble we hear at Christmas time. Now, my details would have been simple, but I didn't write a traditional Christmas story. I wrote about what I was learning from our family Bible study. And, the most surprising of all was a story about evolution. That's right, as a first grader, I wrote about evolution versus creation. Once again, the details were on par for my age. One of the stories (which one ... I would have to ask my mom) was featured in the school's display near the front door.

The next milestone in my writing came in the fourth grade. I wrote my version of "The Littles." The main character was Vincent Little. The real Vincent was a kid in my class, and he was my best friend that year. In the fifth grade, I wrote a sequel to that story. I have both of those. The sequel has been placed in a red half inch binder. On the back of the binder is a list written with a magic marker. The list dates back to the same time as the story in the binder. I do not believe any of the stories listed were ever written, and if they were, I do not know where they are today. The titles were as follows: Inspector Gadget, The Bat, and The Bat Returns.

The next huge milestone took place in seventh grade. For one of my writing assignments, I wrote a story called "Moon Battle." Later it became the first chapter of a longer story about a trip to the planet Mars. As is true of a lot of my writing in general, that story was not written either. Much of my history with writing is brainstorming, coming up with good ideas that never really make it to paper. However, there was one story I finished ... sort of.

I wrote a tale of three teenagers: James, Jack, and Linda. This story was written the same year Power Rangers first came out, so there was some obvious influence there. The story had some time travel elements. In fact, at the end of the story, the characters meet their older selves, older by two years. It has technology. James builds flying contraptions. I called them gliders; although, the picture I had a friend draw looked nothing like a traditional glider. The story was called "The Juvenile Troopers and The Two Year Rift." It was a little more than one hundred written pages.

I wrote two complete sequels of the same or slightly larger length. In the first sequel, Linda is kidnapped and taken to the future. James and Jack travel into the future to save her. In the second sequel, the troopers dig a tunnel to the North Pole where they find a group of people from the future. All of the future elements in the series were linked, originating from the same future time. Anyway, the group at the North Pole tell the troopers they need to travel to the Wild West to stop the main bad guy of the series. 

The story of them going to the past was never completed. I was about 40 pages into it when I lost the folder it was in. I was writing the last story in the 9th grade, and I had started the series in the 7th grade, not long after I wrote "Moon Battle." Although I never wrote the ending, I had planned on completing the series with the troopers meeting their younger selves, younger by two years.  

After I lost the folder, my writing takes a nose dive. I was into composing music for the rest of high school, so my writing took the back burner. I did try to revive the Trooper story a couple of times. The latest attempt was just a couple of years ago. I had revamped the whole story, using the same characters and same general concept with the time travel elements. This story is sitting on a back up CD somewhere. If I ever find it, I will gladly post it. Once again, though, the story is incomplete. But, the quality is good enough that I could pick up where I left off.

As for my current projects ... well, you can read most of them here on Protagonize. My story entitled "The Watch" was written in 2007. I posted it in a writing forum. In fact, when I wanted to post it to Protagonize, I had to go hunt it down. I've turned it into a collaborative. You should check it out.

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