Inquisitive Child

November 25, 2014

I like that my daughter asks me questions about things. History, mythology, movies, anything. It shows a curiosity about the world of the past and the thirst for knowledge. I’m glad she has that. However her timing sucks.

The other night at about 8:30pm. She usually needs to be in bed by 9pm for school, and I was so tired that day, 9pm seemed like a great time to go to bed. I could barely see straight, had taken my dinner meds (drowsy inducing), and was so looking forward to being unconscious. This is exactly when Sophia wants to know the answer to about 25 different questions. What movies did you see as a kid? Did you go to the movies by yourself? Who were our allies in World War II? Can you delineate the thematic and plot differences between the original “I Am Legend” novel and the Will Smith movie, and which better achieved its desired intent in your opinion? I may have elaborated that last one a bit, but that’s basically what she wanted to know and what it felt like trying to answer it with a barely functioning cerebral cortex at that moment.

I love how her mind works, I just wish she’d ask me stuff earlier in the day when my mind is clearer.

Last year I wrote how I wasn’t going to take part in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month [November] for the uninititated). I had too many writing projects in states of disarray/accomplishment and way too much on my emotional and mental plate to commit to the writing efforts necessary to do it. And this is the first time I’ve ever heard of the NaBloPoMo project; and yeah it sounds great but we’re 9 days in and my blog posting consistency is lacking. Since I’m behind already, I don’t think I’ll be doing that either.

However, my daughter. She’s been asking more and more about movies we watch; questions that have to answer from a writer’s point of view because she’s asking questions of a deconstructing nature—trying to understand character motivations and plot, stuff like that. She’s been saying she want to be an animator and learn how to edit videos, meaning she will need to learn how to tell a story visually. I can help her with that, but she also needs the structure of getting things done—which I really didn’t get until grad school. To do that, I need to show her by example—which means getting stuff done. So I chose two unfinished projects—a speculative fiction short short and a sci-fi western short—and I pledge to finish one of them (hopefully both) by the end of the month. It’s a doable plan and at least my daughter gets to see the need for completing projects and having a structure for writing every day.

Like I said, hopefully I’ll get both done by the end of the month, but I know one project will be. And it will make me feel better too.

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