3.14.2013

inspired by...bullying

BULLYING


i know, weird, right?
my WiP is about a teenage girl who is being bullied. the story was inspired by a friend of mine and the heartbreaking bullying experience of her daughter along with my own walk through a cornstalk maze (it's an odd coupling, but is working).
more recently I came across this amazing, amazing spoken word poem, to this day project by shane koyczan...


and this song, which i can't get enough of these days...



this story is quickly becoming a great love of mine... i'm learning it's one that needs to be told more than anything i've ever written.

did you experience or witness bullying? or... what's your latest inspiration? anything odd or surprising?


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28 comments:

  1. There's a corn maze in one of my books too-bad things happen there. Bullying in a sense.

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    1. are you kidding me??? so now we have witches, this, love of vintage, and radiohead in common?!?! dude...

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    2. I'm telling you we are long lost karmic twins of some bewitched sort...

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    3. seriously...so true. i like it.

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  2. Jessika - Great post. I share the "inspiration" you find in stories of bullying. They are alternately terrifying, devastating, gut-wrenching, and on rare occasion, hopeful. I blog about bullying regularly. Here is an incredibly painful real-life example that moves me to tears nearly every time I re-read it or think about it. It's the story of 14 year-od Jamey Rodemeyer. Thanks again.

    http://thewaythingsturn.blogspot.com/2011/09/14-year-old-boy-is-dead-please-take.html

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    1. so true jeff... going to read your post now. thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. Bullying — of course. It is that special hell that accompanies the world of school, lol. But not a laughing matter!

    Glad that you feel extra connected to the story and the importance of its message. Go for it!

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  4. Thank you for sharing the poem and song. They are amazing.

    Oddly enough, I have creatures which are bullies in my story and they are described as looking like black paper cut-outs. So the pretty photo prop at the beginning of this post screamed bully in disguise to me.

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    1. Oooh...super creepy - that gave me goosebumps.

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  5. I've been there. Bullying is traumatic, no doubt. And I don't think I like corn mazes--Children of the Corn, can't help it, lol!--but I'd love to read your story :)

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    1. Yeah, those mazes can pretty creepy for sure, but also kind of magical, well, in my story anyway ;)

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  6. Great post! I never got outright bullied as a kid, but I did get to experience the lovely passive-aggressiveness that preteen girls are so good at. Some people buckle, some people get hard... and some people become writers, which is the best revenge of all.

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    1. Oh yes...I was definitely privy to that loveliness too. O_o And indeed,writing is great revenge!!!

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  7. When my daughter was in 9th grade, she started having problems with bullies --some were kids that used to be her friends. Kids that had been to my home. It is so frustrating! I pulled her out of that school, and enrolled her in an alternative school. Best thing we ever did. She flourished in her new surroundings and saw that she could go where ever her heart led her. She grew as a musician and her first song released on iTunes is about bullying. It's really beautiful! Please give it a listen. It is on her fb fan page, she uses the stage name Lia Scott. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lia-Scott/394076340629736?id=394076340629736&sk=app_182222305144028

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    1. Oh my goodness Michaele, how awful. So, so glad your daughter found a secure place to thrive. Going to listen to her song now...

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    2. So beautiful - both your daughter and the song (I 'liked' her FB page)! I also loved her cover of A-team, one of my faves. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. At the moment, I'm still struggling with the bullying I experienced as a child--but the process is taking the time it needs. I usually don't deal with it head on the way you seem to be. Kudos!

    I loved the video by the Shins. I think you may have directed me to a new band, Jessika. Thanks.

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    1. Oh good! Any day I can pass on The Shins is a great one - they never disappoint ;)

      Best to you and your journey toward healing <3

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  9. Loved the poem and the song. I went to schools where bullying was rampant, so I've seen and experienced it. Good luck with your book! I don't it's possible to address this topic enough, so I'm glad you're tackling it!

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  10. Great, Jessika. There can never be enough stories that deal with bullying. I'm at work--so can't watch the videos. But I would love to hear more about it. I was a victim of bullying as a child. I was a prime target, insecure, and dealing with my parents brutal divorce. It sure is epidemic. An organization out of Columbine came to my son's middle school to teach kids to speak out about the whole thing--the moment complaints came in about harassment going there. Best of luck with your book!

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    1. So great to hear some schools being proactive! Thanks for reading Karen ;)

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  11. Oh yes. 12 year old girls are evil incarnate. I haven't written a contemporary bullying story but my experiences definitely permeate my writing in other ways. Since I write a lot of fantasy, exotic weapons are often involved and the bullies get what they deserve lol. Thanks for joining us!

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  12. It amazes me (in a kind of sad way) how many of us were bullied when we were young. I have terrible memories of being bullied at school and learned all the ways to stay under the radar - and am grateful that as an adult I learned how absolutely great I am, just the way I am. It was a journey but well worth it. Now my own children are at school - it's almost harder watching them navigate the school yard.

    I'm glad you've been so inspired.

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