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Offline Sondra

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I have an idea just bare bones - new
« on: March 22, 2006, 01:23:38 PM »
Wearing Blue – A Mother’s Perspective

As a mother of a police officer in a large city, what do you think I hear? About the bad guys, about the drive bys, about drugs busts, the fights, all the dirty day to day confrontations?  Do I hear about the anger, strife, grief, all the bad things that happen?

Well…yeah, some, but very little in fact.  What I hear about are the odd, stupid, weird happenings that are turned into the funny.

My daughter wears the blue. She told me she went into the profession “to help people”.  This was after she told me of an amazingly stupid incident where nothing was resovled and hours were spent waiting for nothing to be resolved.

 I told her she was in the wrong job.

A mother’s perspective. She had to laugh at that.

My daughter has a delicious sense of humor, an extremely intelligent and positive individual. She is honorable and does the job. So why is she a police officer? I don’t know but maybe her story will explain.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2006, 12:38:38 AM »
So some of you have viewed this, I know it is not much. Do you have any thoughts?

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2006, 08:09:31 AM »
Hi Sondra, this sounds like it could be very humorous, is that what you intend it to be? Have you written any of it or is it still at the idea stage?
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2006, 06:20:07 PM »
Difficult to know what to say until it has some flesh.  Let's see some more.  I agree that it sounds like it could be humour, and well done if it is.  Humour is sooooo difficult to write. 

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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2006, 06:19:00 PM »
Thank you for your comments.  It helped.

It is an idea based on real events, and there is just so much to say. I am having difficulty organizing this into something with any structure.  Reading thrrough here, someone made a suggestion to use short stories to put things into some order.  What do you think.

An yes it is humorous!

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2006, 06:44:11 AM »
Short stories could work.  I did an MA in Creative Writing and one of my fellow students wrote a book of linked short stories, all about the same character.  It was very well received.  I don't know if she ever got it published, because she is Japanese and went back to Japan after her year at univerisity.

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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2006, 05:49:51 PM »
Sondra,

It sounds like you have a story to tell, sounds too that you are willing to find the humour, in what is obviously a dangerous job (if its true. And I would really love to know if you have a daughter in the police force - could put a different spin on everything.) Short stories? I'm not so sure. Although I know, from past experience, that Lesley is usually spot on, on what she says. I think you need to play about with it some more, find out what you really want to say and how you want to say it. You obviously want to speak from a mothers point of view - diary entry's mabe? These, along with the macabre humour that usually comes along with such a difficult job, both for the participant and their families, could be very entertaining.

OOps, just read that this comes from real events, so disregard first sentance. ::)

Get the feeling that you are writing this more to get rid of your own fear than anything else. Could be wrong. (probably am. :-\) Whatever. Sounds like it has potential - go for it.

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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2006, 11:24:40 PM »
Thanks, gives me more to consider. 

Abouth the fear maybe the fear is bulit in in the job she has.

However,  the stories she tells me are humorous and/or stupid.  I did not really realize how much she edited her stories until I over heard a story she was telling at a party where guns were being pulled, backup being requested.  When she saw that I had joined the group she immediately cut the story off, turned to me and said...Oh, I don't think I told you about that. 

Hence a Mother's perspective.  You remember Hawkeye of Mash....

I'll keep working on it.