Ok - so there's a few hours left in my Tuesday, so I'm getting my "J" word in under the gun. That counts, right? :)
My word of the day is Journal. I was given my first one when I was 8. Number of entries during my 8th year? One. I haven't always been the most faithful journaler. (that's a word, right?) Even now, I still write in my journal, but the entries are few and far between. But, I treasure the entries I do/did write. I'm even going to share one with you (DON'T judge!) from when I was sixteen. It's deep and profound - I'm warning you now. It will BLOW your mind!! Ready?
excerpt from the journal of Donea Lee circa 1990:
Tomorrow I register for my Junior year. I am so excited - It will be so much fun - I am hoping - Jen's back and we're having some fun times - saw Brian Moore at the college - his friend is good lookin'. Met Mike Anderson - he's a cutie and wants to date me but he's 20 - met Jenny's ex-boyfriend's brother Jade - he wants to take me out cause he thinks I'm hot - but - he's 20 - met a guy named Bob from Layton on the 'vard last night but - he's 20. Is this weird or what - if only they were 19 - then my mom wouldn't cow! Haven't heard from John P. forever - Jill blew it with John D. but he forgave her - DARN!! Well not much else to say - will write later. Luv ya L.A.S., Done" (imagine a line over the "o" in my name...it was a nickname, like "done" in "condone"...)
*shakes head and laughs* Well, on the bright side - for you YA writers out there with a 16-year-old female protag... this might be valuable research! :) Happy A-Z'ing out there!