Letters to Grandfather

A semi-autobiographical story. Sarah Phillips's grandfather has just passed away. She copes with the loss by writing in a diary like she is writing to him.


14. 21 October 2013


I spoke to Granny on the phone last night.  She said she’ll be looking forward to the visit, and she gave me a list of things to shop for.  Among other things, she asked for rice cakes, biscuits, cheese and tea.  I get the feeling that she’s not been eating properly, so I’ll be sure to buy some microwavable meals.

Mum says she’ll be dropping by herself tomorrow to make sure Granny’s settling back in all right.  Mum will also be buying some of the things on the list so Granny will have some things in the house and won’t starve herself.

It’ll be nice to see Granny again.  I’ve not seen her since the funeral.

University’s been okay.   A group of us from my Literature class got together at lunch and we bounced ideas for our individual projects, what ideas could work and which ones have been used far too many times.  For example, Rebecca Miles, who usually sits one seat over from me on my right, wants to write a romantic story about a young girl being helped by a Cupid-like character and ends up falling in love with him, but that idea has been recycled so many times that it might not sell, but at the same time there is a market for those sorts of books so there is 50/50 chance that it could be a successful novel.  The way she described the gist of her story actually sounded very interesting because she intends to include elements of the Greek myths, so I think she might make a success of it.

Anyway, I’ve finally got an idea for the novel I have to write.  It’s a modern rendering of the Daddy Long-Legs story by Jean Webster.  The main character’s name will be Julia Andrews, an orphan in the foster system.  She’s a scholarship student at a private school who excels at English and writing; and because of this one of the members of her school’s board of governors decides to sponsor her to go to university; similar to how Judy Abbot is sponsored in the book.  My version will probably be a series of books, rather than one novel.  That’s all I will say for now, or I will lose my enthusiasm for it.

I’m about halfway finished with the synopsis.  I just have to submit to Professor Petersen by the day after tomorrow and see if she thinks the idea has potential to be a good novel, or series of novels in this case.  I’ll let you know what she thinks of it.




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