it turns out, i finished my first book at a much earlier age than i realized.
introducing my first "book," LISA AND GRETEL. (and if you think Gretel is stolen straight out of a fairy tale, just wait. it gets better.)
i'll spare you the entire book, but here are a few highlights. (i hope you can read the pages. they're as big as i could make them):
yep, that sounds like me in third grade. ;)
now, before you forgive the pictures because of my age, i have to confess, my drawing hasn't really improved.
hey, i never claimed to be an illustrator.
but i could tell a story:
the last remaining fairy on the run from the evil fairy-snatcher, Dark Heart? hey, little third grade me, sounds like you've got a plot there!
although, young me had not learned the word "plagiarism" yet.... obviously:
weaving straw into gold? hmmmm. where have we heard that before?
also, i had yet to master the art of endings. once lisa and gretel gave dark heart the gold made from straw, he let the fairies go and turned out to be a friendly fellow. what happened to turn him from evil to good? good question:
yep, just happened.
this ending is not so different from the ending of BUTTER... which is probably why Agent Almost asked me to rewrite it. ;)
but i do still like a happy ending:
so that's my little trip down memory lane, courtesy of a closet cleaning with mom.
now i can't wait until my next trip home, so mom and i can tackle some of those mysterious boxes of mine in the attic! who knows what literary treasures we might find!