Those meddling kids?
Sage is probably grinning right now cause I quoted something even if it’s a kids cartoon from AJ’s memory and not something I think I’ve seen. But it is more up what I do willingly watch so it’s possible I’ve seen a few episodes of Scooby Doo.
AJ wanted to write a story for the girls. Something they could read and not worry about the content so much. AJ has a character, and a back story, and a future set out for the girl protagonist. Sterling is a sweet girl, special in her own right.
Somewhere along the lines it became acceptable for kids to ‘save the world’. Scooby and friends at least could drive so not really kids. It was their job kinda sorta. But look at Harry Potter. An eleven year old boy who sets out to stop the biggest baddest wizard in all the world. Why? The trope has most of these young heros parentless and orphaned.
I know AJ likes the tortured childhoods but what can Sterling do that’s AJ appropriate. That kinda is where the story is stuck at. AJ wants to write her. Sterling has a great future ahead of her, but her story at age 10 is just that age 10. We don’t want epic battles to fight for a ten year old. But AJ doesn’t do coming of age well. Sterling has a cameo in an upcoming piece as does a character you’ve not met yet. Maybe mid July you’ll get to read the piece when it’s published. AJ entered it into a short story competition. It’s all over and done with now we wait.
AJ doesn’t expect to win. Mostly did it so that AJ could get the feedback from a real publisher and see how well her writing stacks up. See if she has some potential in all of this to actually share a piece with someone outside of my small following and AJ’s social circle.
Sterling’s story might become more my story than intended, but maybe not. Maybe AJ can work the coming of age into it while I fight the good fight for Sterling. We’ll see. Or not. It may never get written in any form.