"Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe" ~ Neil Gaiman (A Game of You)


My New WIP

I guess I could have saved this for WIP Wednesday, but I'm too excited, and I wanted to share.  Here's the unedited, first draft opening of my new work in progress, working title "Not Like Me."   I'm not looking for critiques at this point.  Just one question.  Hooked?

Have you ever notice how families just kind of go together? I mean, some of them are weird, but they are weird together. You've got your scouter families, where the wife refuses to marry anything but an Eagle Scout, and then the dad ends up being Scout master for forty years. You've got your super high achieving family, where the dad is a doctor and the mother is a lawyer and all the kids are on student councils and end up at Harvard. Then there's the screw up family, the one where the kid is sent to the principal's office in first grade for bringing a knife to school, and when the mom comes to get him, the principal just nods his head, "Aha." Sure, some kids rebel, that's always going to happen, and you may have a black sheep once in awhile. But they still have a place, they still fit in somehow with their family.

I've wondered about God before. I've listened to discussions between the devout and the devoid. I think the arguments against him are pretty solid. But I think the atheists are wrong. In fact, I know they are. There is a God, but he's not all-powerful and perfect, like everyone thinks. Nope, he makes mistakes. And I'm one of them.

I don't belong in my family. I'm not like my mom, my dad, my brother, or even my twin sister. In fact, I'm not like anyone. God, whoever he or she is, screwed up big time. He not only sent me to the wrong family, he sent me to the wrong world.


Anonymous said...

Yes! I want to read more! Sounds great, and great way to leave it!

Anonymous said...

Ooooooooooooo me likey.

Nikki~Down syndrome Storyteller said...

Yes. Hooked. Great start!

Renee said...

Sounds very intriguing....makes us want more...

Shelli said...

Thank you! I always feel so excited starting a new project, I like to share before it's ready. Thanks for the encouragement!