instrument should I have Micah play?† I
would like to use the cello, but I donít want to choose something that would be
too close to what the boy in the background story played.† Iím thinking violin or trumpet, the former
being almost solely a classical-music instrument, which would fit better with
the background story.
instrument should David play?†
Cello?† Iím thinking possibly of
a scene at the end of the book where Micah, David and Betty play a trioóa
symbol of reconciliation and acceptance.
was thinking about setting the story in a real small town in Eastern
Washingtonóa place that Iíve never visited but might during the next year.† Iíve looked at the town on a mapping program
and have looked at satellite pictures of it. Iíve googled the townís
information. Iíll use the information that Iíve gleaned, but should I use a
real townís name or create a fictional town?†
plan to use the city of Walla Walla by name.†
I donít like stories that talk about ďthe next city over.Ē† Walla Walla is big enough to be named.† Iíll also use Whitman College, a very fine
school that is located there.† Again,
not an anonymous college.† Any
also plan to use Walla Walla College, a small Seventh Day Adventist school
there.† Itís a lot smaller school, and
it is where the boy in the background story goes.† This college wonít enter the story much, except thatís where
Micah will be when David, a student at Whitman, encounters him again.† I see the character Micah as having the
brains and talent to go to a better college like Whitman, and maybe David will
work to get him in there, so Walla Walla College will appear weaker by
comparison.† As an alternative, thereís
also Walla Walla Community College, a state school. Comments?
Walla College is convenient because one of the religions for the Kingmans is
Seventh Day Adventist.† Also, I could
make them Mormon.† In either case, I
need to do some research on any religion that I choose.† I do want them to favor large families and
to be, of course, anti-gay.† Suggestions
for a religion?† Sources of information
about Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons or other?† Iíve looked at Wikipedia.
making Micah half Native American, but he could be half black or Chicano?† The boy in the background story is half
black, so Iím inclined to use something else.†
Iím not sure why Iím making him Ďhalfí anything.
the outset of the story, Micah will be in a foster home of a kind elderly
couple.† Would a 9-year-old call them by
Mrs. or Mr. McDougall, by first names, or by Ďgrandmaí or Ďgrandpaí or
something else?† Anybody have any
information that can help here?
the adoption process, I will have Betty and Stan Kingman going to the city (to
be determined) where Micah is a foster child.†
Is it realistic to have Micah meet Betty and Stan in a meat-market
atmosphere where he and a number of children are introduced to prospective
adoptive parents?† The alternative, I
suppose, would be a computer match, or something like it, where Micah and the
Kingmans are the only ones involved.†
10. One of the themes of the
story is the tension between fame and maturity. Respect given to the famous
person in fields other than the origin of the talent without the normal problem
of having to earn respect; this leads to a certain immaturity.† Bill Bradley, ex-Senator and New York Knick,
talks about the issue in his book Life on the Run.† Child actors and artists frequently suffer from this lack of
maturity.† Does anyone know of any good
books, fiction or nonfiction, that could provide insight in how to write
Micahís teenage years?