I am Dixie Dawn Miller Goode. My favorite protagonist is a young boy with Cerebral Palsy. "Duffy Barkley walks on four legs," the kids tease, because he uses crutches. There are many things Duffy has to work extra hard to accomplish, but no-one can tell him "No!"
This Blog has things that somehow tie into my Duffy Barkley books, or into my writing, including the time twisted, Double Time: On The Oregon Trail and my various kids picture books.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I Am Writing Again
Today being July First means that Camp NaNoWriMo is once again open and letting people explore the thrill of writing fast and intently without too much regard for the finished product. This is after all, meant to be a quick and dirty rough draft of a novel.
I'm not there. I have been working on this novel for quite awhile and have 60,000 words which tell me not to ignore them just because it is camp time. So this year, I am not beginning fresh, and I am editing and writing and loving it. Such a good feeling to open a manuscript i had closed months ago, and find things I no longer remember writing, and realizing it is better than I hold even though it is a long way from done.
The first draft of Duffy Barkley and my first completed "books", from when I was 10
Because it is July, and I am not teaching (or unfortunately bringing in any income) I have time to write, and time to play as long as the play is cheap, so I have also been walking at the Redwoods near home. What a great place to look for something to spark my imagination.
Nothing makes me feel smaller, or yet more a part of something beautiful, than the redwoods
Also, I managed to capture a rainbow in my living room, if I can do that, surely I can capture the third adventure of Duffy Barkley on paper
Here is a brief sample from where I got to rereading this morning
eyes gave him sympathy, but no mercy. “Of course it is hard to be
you Duffy, it is hard to be anyone. We all have our burdens and the
times when the energy to make the effort seems impossible. Then we
keep making the effort until we die and our children keep on in our
thanks a lot!” he muttered sarcastically.
are welcome.” She answered sincerely. He looked up in time to see
her mouth twist into a smile that was part amused, part sympathetic
but wholly without unkindness. Then she used both of her hands to
push her mane back from the sides of her face and when she dropped
her hands to his shoulders again her face was serious.
don't know what we do next,” Duffy said, with nevertheless, a bit
more hope than before he had been reminded that he wasn't alone.
gathering of Oorah were no longer looking directly at Duffy but had
turned away, and now faced the forest. There was a movement in the
crowd as it parted left and right and opened a clear path from the
back to just in front of Duffy. Oh-oh-ing kept an arm around Duffy's
shoulders and murmured low so that only he could hear, “You are not
our only unexpected guests at the present time. You remember?”
jaw dropped as he stared at the approaching trio. The spectacle
their combined presence created would not have looked out of place in
the Big Parades back on Earth. A large blue bear, not painted, not a
teddy bear costume on a man, not a balloon, but a sky blue,
lumbering, four legged predator came down the aisle the parted crowd
would have been spectacular alone.
was not alone. Riding on his back was a vividly, orange, wildcat.
She stood with her four paws in his fur and balanced gracefully as he
swayed from side to side. She was not maned, but her pointed ears
were echoed in little pointed feathers of fur at the sides of her
mouth and long whiskers twitched there as well.
at the bear's right side was a tall, slender girl who appeared whiter
than milk. A spiky tuft of green rose from her forehead above a
black, v shaped patch of skin descending from her brow to between her
eyes and giving a heart shaped look to her face.
was wearing a simple wrapped skirt and top of a glittering sequined
blue cloth. Duffy had every reason to suspect that the beautiful
wrapping was actually soft, supple leather made from fish skin with
gleaming scales in place.
one time Duffy had traveled with and befriended the girl. He had met
the bear and wildcat before they helped him get home on his first
time in Uhrlin, but the three of them looked so impressive that he
froze, uncertain if he should bow or hug them, he did nothing.
girl stopped and met his eyes and then laughed and twirled in place,
skirt flaring wide as her arms swept in a circle that included
everyone, “Oh, This is perfect! Duffy is here!” and she bounded
toward him and hugged him quickly. As she dropped her arms and turned
back to her companions, all Duffy could see was her obsidian black
back and the green mane that reached down to between her shoulder