Room with a view

I write in the loft of our house. It is a timber frame house which means lots of wood, plus amazing stone fireplaces. We are still doing some work up here, so I’m not ready to show you my whole office. But the view out my view is particularly beautiful today, because it is snowing. We had ten inches on Thanksgiving, but that all melted and I was bummed. Today we’re enjoying lake effect snow, with occasionally thunder claps, so we get to call it thundersnow. I adore it. I’ll be spending all weekend up here revising, drinking tea, and watching the snow pile up.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com This is what my world looks like today. Beyond the white blowing snow is a grove of maple trees.

156 Replies to “Room with a view”

  1. Aw…it’s not snowing where I live. It’s just raining and its freezing, frost covered winows and roads….oh that sounds like a good opening to a book!!! gah i must write!! oh btw-love your writing space-or what i can see of it. i write at my desk in my room by the window-with it open sometimes. sometimes i write downstairs at the table too but my sibs are always there or decide to make noise and cover it with their stuff…so i’m upstairs mostly. anyway let me stop rambling now!!!!!

    p.s how’s your WIP? I finished nano with 49, 096 words…was almost there :(( but there’s always next year!!!!

  2. Aw…it’s not snowing where I live. It’s just raining and its freezing, frost covered winows and roads….oh that sounds like a good opening to a book!!! gah i must write!! oh btw-love your writing space-or what i can see of it. i write at my desk in my room by the window-with it open sometimes. sometimes i write downstairs at the table too but my sibs are always there or decide to make noise and cover it with their stuff…so i’m upstairs mostly. anyway let me stop rambling now!!!!!

    p.s how’s your WIP? I finished nano with 49, 096 words…was almost there :(( but there’s always next year!!!!

    1. I don’t focus on word counts when I’m writing, but to give you a sense of how this works for me: I’ve had my WIP up to around 40,000 three times. Each time I’ve attacked it with the Scissors of Revision and trimmed back to around 20,000 words. Right now I am back up to 42,855. I’m not sure how many words the story will ultimately contain. If I don’t tell you guys when this revision is over, please remind me, OK?

  3. Aw…it’s not snowing where I live. It’s just raining and its freezing, frost covered winows and roads….oh that sounds like a good opening to a book!!! gah i must write!! oh btw-love your writing space-or what i can see of it. i write at my desk in my room by the window-with it open sometimes. sometimes i write downstairs at the table too but my sibs are always there or decide to make noise and cover it with their stuff…so i’m upstairs mostly. anyway let me stop rambling now!!!!!

    p.s how’s your WIP? I finished nano with 49, 096 words…was almost there :(( but there’s always next year!!!!

  4. picture

    that picture is sooo pretty:-)! it’s going to snow in carlisle on sunday or monday night:-)! i just hope it snows a lot:-)! i hope it snows a lot for you too:-)!
    p.s. thanks for the comment:-)! i’m proud of all you do too:-)!

  5. picture

    that picture is sooo pretty:-)! it’s going to snow in carlisle on sunday or monday night:-)! i just hope it snows a lot:-)! i hope it snows a lot for you too:-)!
    p.s. thanks for the comment:-)! i’m proud of all you do too:-)!

  6. picture

    that picture is sooo pretty:-)! it’s going to snow in carlisle on sunday or monday night:-)! i just hope it snows a lot:-)! i hope it snows a lot for you too:-)!
    p.s. thanks for the comment:-)! i’m proud of all you do too:-)!

  7. yeah they say that new york can expect some snow soon well I like the snow the only thing is I really can’t get through it with the wheelchair when it’s really bad I remember one year I had to make it back across the street army style you know when they have to use their elbows to get under and across the thing with the wires it took me forever me laying there going through the snow like that but it was so much fun because my uncle did it with me he couldn’t move for like a week after that though he’s funny that way. – jessica from sheepshead bay H.S.

  8. yeah they say that new york can expect some snow soon well I like the snow the only thing is I really can’t get through it with the wheelchair when it’s really bad I remember one year I had to make it back across the street army style you know when they have to use their elbows to get under and across the thing with the wires it took me forever me laying there going through the snow like that but it was so much fun because my uncle did it with me he couldn’t move for like a week after that though he’s funny that way. – jessica from sheepshead bay H.S.

    1. Wheelchair in snow = yikes. That completely sucks. I wish we could wave a wand and transform the wheelchair into a sled attached to two sled dogs for you.

      1. that would be so funny though they make a whole bunch of different wheelchairs for different activities like for basketball I even heard of special chairs they use for skiing but those things are expensive so for now I guess i have to trudge my way through or do it army style

      2. jessica, im hearin’ ya. I had an operation that landed me into a wheelchair for 2 years. Wheelchairs=hatred, but theur even worse in the snow. I like the sled idea, it would be wicked cool

  9. yeah they say that new york can expect some snow soon well I like the snow the only thing is I really can’t get through it with the wheelchair when it’s really bad I remember one year I had to make it back across the street army style you know when they have to use their elbows to get under and across the thing with the wires it took me forever me laying there going through the snow like that but it was so much fun because my uncle did it with me he couldn’t move for like a week after that though he’s funny that way. – jessica from sheepshead bay H.S.

  10. I remember thundersnow… I always thought it was especially magical. Although, I have to say I’m not particularly pleased with it at the moment. My aunt, who lives on the lake, is supposed to leave tomorrow to come here for Christmas, and when I talked to her tonight she said it was so bad they closed 81. So I’m hoping it stops enough in time for them to clear it up so she can leave relatively early tomorrow.

  11. I remember thundersnow… I always thought it was especially magical. Although, I have to say I’m not particularly pleased with it at the moment. My aunt, who lives on the lake, is supposed to leave tomorrow to come here for Christmas, and when I talked to her tonight she said it was so bad they closed 81. So I’m hoping it stops enough in time for them to clear it up so she can leave relatively early tomorrow.

  12. I remember thundersnow… I always thought it was especially magical. Although, I have to say I’m not particularly pleased with it at the moment. My aunt, who lives on the lake, is supposed to leave tomorrow to come here for Christmas, and when I talked to her tonight she said it was so bad they closed 81. So I’m hoping it stops enough in time for them to clear it up so she can leave relatively early tomorrow.

  13. Speak

    I didn’t get a chance to read your book, and I don’t know if I should even try it. The movie was entirely to realistic to me..
    See, a week before I saw it- I was molested- at school- and by the time I saw it- I felt hopeless, as if no one in the world could understand. Still, feeling a lot like this, I learned to take the steps to tell someone of what happened that day. Although they know the truth now, I don’t think any one of my friends will ever truly comprehend how hopeless it feels to have this happen. And I don’t know if I’ll ever fit in again with anyone- or be able to have a normal relationship with a guy… “If I can’t be safe at school- how can I be safe anywhere..” IS often in my thoughts.

    The movie gave me the basic steps of how to ‘speak’. And I suppose shaped my world into what it is now. It definately influenced me into finally letting someone know…
    And I really do thank YOU for that.

    I don’t know why I felt the urge to ramble to you about this experience. But I did. Now that I have… This will be the end.

  14. Speak

    I didn’t get a chance to read your book, and I don’t know if I should even try it. The movie was entirely to realistic to me..
    See, a week before I saw it- I was molested- at school- and by the time I saw it- I felt hopeless, as if no one in the world could understand. Still, feeling a lot like this, I learned to take the steps to tell someone of what happened that day. Although they know the truth now, I don’t think any one of my friends will ever truly comprehend how hopeless it feels to have this happen. And I don’t know if I’ll ever fit in again with anyone- or be able to have a normal relationship with a guy… “If I can’t be safe at school- how can I be safe anywhere..” IS often in my thoughts.

    The movie gave me the basic steps of how to ‘speak’. And I suppose shaped my world into what it is now. It definately influenced me into finally letting someone know…
    And I really do thank YOU for that.

    I don’t know why I felt the urge to ramble to you about this experience. But I did. Now that I have… This will be the end.

    1. Re: Speak

      Read the book if you want… when you’re ready. It sounds like you are still dealing with massive amounts of stuff. I hope you’ve found a responsible, trustworthy adult to talk to about all of this. My heart is with you. Keep speaking up!

      1. Re: Speak

        I found several trust worthy adults- and they know now… and he was ‘spoken to’ but he denied it. I found out this morning that they’ve decided that they don’t know who to believe- so he’s being left alone. And now I’m being punished for this. I see him every day- sometimes all day. sometimes only once. Usually he’s smiling and laughing.
        And now I don’t trust anyone.
        I guess that speaking doesn’t do anything except put it out there to be believed or not believed.
        Why would I lie about something so real…
        I don’t know what more I could’ve done. I relived the whole thing verbally and had to face him again and I had to write down what happened for nothing.
        Shouldn’t this have turned out happily ever after.
        Why did this happen to me.
        I didn’t do anything to him.

      2. Re: Speak

        I found several trust worthy adults- and they know now… and he was ‘spoken to’ but he denied it. I found out this morning that they’ve decided that they don’t know who to believe- so he’s being left alone. And now I’m being punished for this. I see him every day- sometimes all day. sometimes only once. Usually he’s smiling and laughing.
        And now I don’t trust anyone.
        I guess that speaking doesn’t do anything except put it out there to be believed or not believed.
        Why would I lie about something so real…
        I don’t know what more I could’ve done. I relived the whole thing verbally and had to face him again and I had to write down what happened for nothing.
        Shouldn’t this have turned out happily ever after.
        Why did this happen to me.
        I didn’t do anything to him.

        1. Re: Speak

          OK, sweetie… listen up.

          You did the right thing. You told. It sucks that the right actions are not being taken. This happens way too often to survivors of sexual assault and molestation.

          Speaking up absolutely did something. It gave you a voice. It gave you some control, put you in charge of your body and your fate. It put the authorities on alert about him – if he tries something again, they won’t let it slide.

          But you clearly need to talk to your parents or find a counselor. It is going to take some time and some talking to help you heal. You deserve to be happy and healthy, to be respected and feel like you can trust people and the world is a safe place. I strongly, strongly encourage you to keep talking to your trustworthy adults until this pain fades – which it will.

          You will come out of this stronger and wiser then you were before. I am sending you lots of hugs and prayers. Keep speaking up for yourself! Let me know how it goes.

          1. thank you

            Thank you for everything.
            I don’t know exactly what to say. It was a very emotional day- but it meant a lot that you did what you did.
            After a talk with several people…
            I feel ever so slightly better about this.
            They asked me what I wanted done to him… What I think should happen to him… I, however, said nothing. How could I condemn someone else? I could never sentence someone to something that could alter their life.
            So I guess nothing more will happen.
            I am seeing a councelor. She said that today I spoke the most out of any time we had ever spoken. Maybe I’m finally finding a real voice.
            Thank you for everything.
            You may have saved a life.

            Julia

          2. Re: thank you

            Well, thank you right back!! I was so worried…. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to turn on the computer this morning and read your post. I am so proud that you started talking. I know it’s hard but it is the best and smartest thing to do. It’s how you guarantee that he doesn’t win.

            If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I’m here for you, kiddo.

          3. Re: thank you

            So that you are aware of how the situation has turned- he will be out of my school at semester- not because of me though- thankfully- for conscience reasons- but because of his attitude in everyday life towards teachers and other students. I can’t say thank you enough though.

            I hope that you have a very merry Christmas- with many beautiful memories.

            Thank you once again.

            Julia

          4. Re: thank you

            Thanks for the update!! I am relieved and happy.

            I hope you have a peaceful holiday. It will get better, I promise. There will be hard days ahead, but you’ll keep moving forward and gaining strength.

            I’m glad I was able to help in a small way.

    2. Re: Speak

      It’s a kickass book (better than the movie in lot of ways) and I think you should read it, but maybe not right away. For obvious reasons, it can be pretty triggering and books take a bit more emotional involvement than movies. Make sure you feel safe and stable before you start reading it and that you have someone you can talk to if it does upset you. If you aren’t already seeing a good counselor, you really should, it’s hard to talk about it, but it really does help.

        1. Re: Speak

          The first time I read it was pretty bad timing, but now it’s one of my favorites books. And even though it was triggering and hard to read the first time and admittedly a bit the second time too, there’s hope and healing at the end; that’s important.

  15. Speak

    I didn’t get a chance to read your book, and I don’t know if I should even try it. The movie was entirely to realistic to me..
    See, a week before I saw it- I was molested- at school- and by the time I saw it- I felt hopeless, as if no one in the world could understand. Still, feeling a lot like this, I learned to take the steps to tell someone of what happened that day. Although they know the truth now, I don’t think any one of my friends will ever truly comprehend how hopeless it feels to have this happen. And I don’t know if I’ll ever fit in again with anyone- or be able to have a normal relationship with a guy… “If I can’t be safe at school- how can I be safe anywhere..” IS often in my thoughts.

    The movie gave me the basic steps of how to ‘speak’. And I suppose shaped my world into what it is now. It definately influenced me into finally letting someone know…
    And I really do thank YOU for that.

    I don’t know why I felt the urge to ramble to you about this experience. But I did. Now that I have… This will be the end.

  16. Wheelchair in snow = yikes. That completely sucks. I wish we could wave a wand and transform the wheelchair into a sled attached to two sled dogs for you.

  17. Wheelchair in snow = yikes. That completely sucks. I wish we could wave a wand and transform the wheelchair into a sled attached to two sled dogs for you.

  18. Re: Speak

    Read the book if you want… when you’re ready. It sounds like you are still dealing with massive amounts of stuff. I hope you’ve found a responsible, trustworthy adult to talk to about all of this. My heart is with you. Keep speaking up!

  19. Re: Speak

    Read the book if you want… when you’re ready. It sounds like you are still dealing with massive amounts of stuff. I hope you’ve found a responsible, trustworthy adult to talk to about all of this. My heart is with you. Keep speaking up!

  20. I don’t focus on word counts when I’m writing, but to give you a sense of how this works for me: I’ve had my WIP up to around 40,000 three times. Each time I’ve attacked it with the Scissors of Revision and trimmed back to around 20,000 words. Right now I am back up to 42,855. I’m not sure how many words the story will ultimately contain. If I don’t tell you guys when this revision is over, please remind me, OK?

  21. I don’t focus on word counts when I’m writing, but to give you a sense of how this works for me: I’ve had my WIP up to around 40,000 three times. Each time I’ve attacked it with the Scissors of Revision and trimmed back to around 20,000 words. Right now I am back up to 42,855. I’m not sure how many words the story will ultimately contain. If I don’t tell you guys when this revision is over, please remind me, OK?

  22. that would be so funny though they make a whole bunch of different wheelchairs for different activities like for basketball I even heard of special chairs they use for skiing but those things are expensive so for now I guess i have to trudge my way through or do it army style

  23. that would be so funny though they make a whole bunch of different wheelchairs for different activities like for basketball I even heard of special chairs they use for skiing but those things are expensive so for now I guess i have to trudge my way through or do it army style

  24. jessica, im hearin’ ya. I had an operation that landed me into a wheelchair for 2 years. Wheelchairs=hatred, but theur even worse in the snow. I like the sled idea, it would be wicked cool

  25. jessica, im hearin’ ya. I had an operation that landed me into a wheelchair for 2 years. Wheelchairs=hatred, but theur even worse in the snow. I like the sled idea, it would be wicked cool

  26. well i’ve been in a wheelchair since I was born well I had cerebral palsy since then anyway. I got my first real wheelchair when I was 7 you get used to it though. You get one thing taken away from you and a gift in return. I’m lucky to be a bookworm other people with my condition are much worse I have had more snow days then most people though because I simply can’t get through the snow. So hey it has it’s advantages and it got me right behind the red carpet of the Harry Potter and the goblet of fire premiere lucky me.

  27. well i’ve been in a wheelchair since I was born well I had cerebral palsy since then anyway. I got my first real wheelchair when I was 7 you get used to it though. You get one thing taken away from you and a gift in return. I’m lucky to be a bookworm other people with my condition are much worse I have had more snow days then most people though because I simply can’t get through the snow. So hey it has it’s advantages and it got me right behind the red carpet of the Harry Potter and the goblet of fire premiere lucky me.

  28. well i’ve been in a wheelchair since I was born well I had cerebral palsy since then anyway. I got my first real wheelchair when I was 7 you get used to it though. You get one thing taken away from you and a gift in return. I’m lucky to be a bookworm other people with my condition are much worse I have had more snow days then most people though because I simply can’t get through the snow. So hey it has it’s advantages and it got me right behind the red carpet of the Harry Potter and the goblet of fire premiere lucky me.

  29. Re: Speak

    It’s a kickass book (better than the movie in lot of ways) and I think you should read it, but maybe not right away. For obvious reasons, it can be pretty triggering and books take a bit more emotional involvement than movies. Make sure you feel safe and stable before you start reading it and that you have someone you can talk to if it does upset you. If you aren’t already seeing a good counselor, you really should, it’s hard to talk about it, but it really does help.

  30. Re: Speak

    It’s a kickass book (better than the movie in lot of ways) and I think you should read it, but maybe not right away. For obvious reasons, it can be pretty triggering and books take a bit more emotional involvement than movies. Make sure you feel safe and stable before you start reading it and that you have someone you can talk to if it does upset you. If you aren’t already seeing a good counselor, you really should, it’s hard to talk about it, but it really does help.

  31. Re: Speak

    The first time I read it was pretty bad timing, but now it’s one of my favorites books. And even though it was triggering and hard to read the first time and admittedly a bit the second time too, there’s hope and healing at the end; that’s important.

  32. Re: Speak

    The first time I read it was pretty bad timing, but now it’s one of my favorites books. And even though it was triggering and hard to read the first time and admittedly a bit the second time too, there’s hope and healing at the end; that’s important.

  33. I need a better place to write (cause being a student I have sooo much time for it) than my hell-hole of a dorm room. Next year I’m prolly getting an apartment. The one I’m looking at has these goregous bay windows; I’m excited.

    I was outside this morning at about 4am and big fluffy flakes were falling down and the ground sparkled. I like looking at snow; I just don’t like being out in it much. If I ran the world, snow would still look the same, but it would feel like cotton balls instead of so cold and wet.

  34. I need a better place to write (cause being a student I have sooo much time for it) than my hell-hole of a dorm room. Next year I’m prolly getting an apartment. The one I’m looking at has these goregous bay windows; I’m excited.

    I was outside this morning at about 4am and big fluffy flakes were falling down and the ground sparkled. I like looking at snow; I just don’t like being out in it much. If I ran the world, snow would still look the same, but it would feel like cotton balls instead of so cold and wet.

  35. I need a better place to write (cause being a student I have sooo much time for it) than my hell-hole of a dorm room. Next year I’m prolly getting an apartment. The one I’m looking at has these goregous bay windows; I’m excited.

    I was outside this morning at about 4am and big fluffy flakes were falling down and the ground sparkled. I like looking at snow; I just don’t like being out in it much. If I ran the world, snow would still look the same, but it would feel like cotton balls instead of so cold and wet.

  36. it snowed here in brooklyn but it’s not bad my wheelchair should be able to get through it ok even though me and my sister are secretly praying it will snow so much that school will be cancelled If it does snow overnight and it’s not enough to cancel School I hope it’s not enough to keep me from going because I don’t want to miss school if no one else has to that would so mess up my whole system I don’t want to have to give a note saying i’m sorry the wheelchair couldn’t get through the snow

  37. it snowed here in brooklyn but it’s not bad my wheelchair should be able to get through it ok even though me and my sister are secretly praying it will snow so much that school will be cancelled If it does snow overnight and it’s not enough to cancel School I hope it’s not enough to keep me from going because I don’t want to miss school if no one else has to that would so mess up my whole system I don’t want to have to give a note saying i’m sorry the wheelchair couldn’t get through the snow

  38. it snowed here in brooklyn but it’s not bad my wheelchair should be able to get through it ok even though me and my sister are secretly praying it will snow so much that school will be cancelled If it does snow overnight and it’s not enough to cancel School I hope it’s not enough to keep me from going because I don’t want to miss school if no one else has to that would so mess up my whole system I don’t want to have to give a note saying i’m sorry the wheelchair couldn’t get through the snow

  39. Hi Laurie

    Hi Laurie! My name is Emily Ann and im a big fan of ur writing. I just watched the new movei of SPEAK last night, seconds after i finished reading SPEAK for the 3rd time! The view out ur window is pretty with the snow and all. Cool site
    luv u
    Emily Ann

  40. Hi Laurie

    Hi Laurie! My name is Emily Ann and im a big fan of ur writing. I just watched the new movei of SPEAK last night, seconds after i finished reading SPEAK for the 3rd time! The view out ur window is pretty with the snow and all. Cool site
    luv u
    Emily Ann

  41. Hi Laurie

    Hi Laurie! My name is Emily Ann and im a big fan of ur writing. I just watched the new movei of SPEAK last night, seconds after i finished reading SPEAK for the 3rd time! The view out ur window is pretty with the snow and all. Cool site
    luv u
    Emily Ann

  42. ..hmmm well i went to your website……

    …so I ended up here….
    I love your book Speak
    wonderful,and touching..
    I will never forget it….

  43. ..hmmm well i went to your website……

    …so I ended up here….
    I love your book Speak
    wonderful,and touching..
    I will never forget it….

  44. ..hmmm well i went to your website……

    …so I ended up here….
    I love your book Speak
    wonderful,and touching..
    I will never forget it….

  45. Re: Speak

    I found several trust worthy adults- and they know now… and he was ‘spoken to’ but he denied it. I found out this morning that they’ve decided that they don’t know who to believe- so he’s being left alone. And now I’m being punished for this. I see him every day- sometimes all day. sometimes only once. Usually he’s smiling and laughing.
    And now I don’t trust anyone.
    I guess that speaking doesn’t do anything except put it out there to be believed or not believed.
    Why would I lie about something so real…
    I don’t know what more I could’ve done. I relived the whole thing verbally and had to face him again and I had to write down what happened for nothing.
    Shouldn’t this have turned out happily ever after.
    Why did this happen to me.
    I didn’t do anything to him.

  46. Re: Speak

    I found several trust worthy adults- and they know now… and he was ‘spoken to’ but he denied it. I found out this morning that they’ve decided that they don’t know who to believe- so he’s being left alone. And now I’m being punished for this. I see him every day- sometimes all day. sometimes only once. Usually he’s smiling and laughing.
    And now I don’t trust anyone.
    I guess that speaking doesn’t do anything except put it out there to be believed or not believed.
    Why would I lie about something so real…
    I don’t know what more I could’ve done. I relived the whole thing verbally and had to face him again and I had to write down what happened for nothing.
    Shouldn’t this have turned out happily ever after.
    Why did this happen to me.
    I didn’t do anything to him.

  47. Re: Speak

    I found several trust worthy adults- and they know now… and he was ‘spoken to’ but he denied it. I found out this morning that they’ve decided that they don’t know who to believe- so he’s being left alone. And now I’m being punished for this. I see him every day- sometimes all day. sometimes only once. Usually he’s smiling and laughing.
    And now I don’t trust anyone.
    I guess that speaking doesn’t do anything except put it out there to be believed or not believed.
    Why would I lie about something so real…
    I don’t know what more I could’ve done. I relived the whole thing verbally and had to face him again and I had to write down what happened for nothing.
    Shouldn’t this have turned out happily ever after.
    Why did this happen to me.
    I didn’t do anything to him.

  48. Re: Speak

    I found several trust worthy adults- and they know now… and he was ‘spoken to’ but he denied it. I found out this morning that they’ve decided that they don’t know who to believe- so he’s being left alone. And now I’m being punished for this. I see him every day- sometimes all day. sometimes only once. Usually he’s smiling and laughing.
    And now I don’t trust anyone.
    I guess that speaking doesn’t do anything except put it out there to be believed or not believed.
    Why would I lie about something so real…
    I don’t know what more I could’ve done. I relived the whole thing verbally and had to face him again and I had to write down what happened for nothing.
    Shouldn’t this have turned out happily ever after.
    Why did this happen to me.
    I didn’t do anything to him.

  49. Re: Speak

    OK, sweetie… listen up.

    You did the right thing. You told. It sucks that the right actions are not being taken. This happens way too often to survivors of sexual assault and molestation.

    Speaking up absolutely did something. It gave you a voice. It gave you some control, put you in charge of your body and your fate. It put the authorities on alert about him – if he tries something again, they won’t let it slide.

    But you clearly need to talk to your parents or find a counselor. It is going to take some time and some talking to help you heal. You deserve to be happy and healthy, to be respected and feel like you can trust people and the world is a safe place. I strongly, strongly encourage you to keep talking to your trustworthy adults until this pain fades – which it will.

    You will come out of this stronger and wiser then you were before. I am sending you lots of hugs and prayers. Keep speaking up for yourself! Let me know how it goes.

  50. Re: Speak

    OK, sweetie… listen up.

    You did the right thing. You told. It sucks that the right actions are not being taken. This happens way too often to survivors of sexual assault and molestation.

    Speaking up absolutely did something. It gave you a voice. It gave you some control, put you in charge of your body and your fate. It put the authorities on alert about him – if he tries something again, they won’t let it slide.

    But you clearly need to talk to your parents or find a counselor. It is going to take some time and some talking to help you heal. You deserve to be happy and healthy, to be respected and feel like you can trust people and the world is a safe place. I strongly, strongly encourage you to keep talking to your trustworthy adults until this pain fades – which it will.

    You will come out of this stronger and wiser then you were before. I am sending you lots of hugs and prayers. Keep speaking up for yourself! Let me know how it goes.

  51. thank you

    Thank you for everything.
    I don’t know exactly what to say. It was a very emotional day- but it meant a lot that you did what you did.
    After a talk with several people…
    I feel ever so slightly better about this.
    They asked me what I wanted done to him… What I think should happen to him… I, however, said nothing. How could I condemn someone else? I could never sentence someone to something that could alter their life.
    So I guess nothing more will happen.
    I am seeing a councelor. She said that today I spoke the most out of any time we had ever spoken. Maybe I’m finally finding a real voice.
    Thank you for everything.
    You may have saved a life.

    Julia

  52. thank you

    Thank you for everything.
    I don’t know exactly what to say. It was a very emotional day- but it meant a lot that you did what you did.
    After a talk with several people…
    I feel ever so slightly better about this.
    They asked me what I wanted done to him… What I think should happen to him… I, however, said nothing. How could I condemn someone else? I could never sentence someone to something that could alter their life.
    So I guess nothing more will happen.
    I am seeing a councelor. She said that today I spoke the most out of any time we had ever spoken. Maybe I’m finally finding a real voice.
    Thank you for everything.
    You may have saved a life.

    Julia

  53. Re: thank you

    Well, thank you right back!! I was so worried…. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to turn on the computer this morning and read your post. I am so proud that you started talking. I know it’s hard but it is the best and smartest thing to do. It’s how you guarantee that he doesn’t win.

    If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I’m here for you, kiddo.

  54. Re: thank you

    Well, thank you right back!! I was so worried…. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to turn on the computer this morning and read your post. I am so proud that you started talking. I know it’s hard but it is the best and smartest thing to do. It’s how you guarantee that he doesn’t win.

    If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I’m here for you, kiddo.

  55. SNOW!

    Man snow you are so lucky that you have snow! We never get snow but we did have a snow storm a couple of years ago and we got a week off of school!

  56. SNOW!

    Man snow you are so lucky that you have snow! We never get snow but we did have a snow storm a couple of years ago and we got a week off of school!

  57. SNOW!

    Man snow you are so lucky that you have snow! We never get snow but we did have a snow storm a couple of years ago and we got a week off of school!

  58. Snow day.

    I’m sure the gentel snow gives lots of insperation when your almost dry of idea’s. There’s no snow where I live. I’ve only seen snow about 3 times in my entire life. I love writing and maybe when I get older will look into writing books for young teens. I’ve had many experinces and I’m sure they would make great storys that many people would be willing to read.

    Your fan
    `Josh`

  59. Snow day.

    I’m sure the gentel snow gives lots of insperation when your almost dry of idea’s. There’s no snow where I live. I’ve only seen snow about 3 times in my entire life. I love writing and maybe when I get older will look into writing books for young teens. I’ve had many experinces and I’m sure they would make great storys that many people would be willing to read.

    Your fan
    `Josh`

  60. Snow day.

    I’m sure the gentel snow gives lots of insperation when your almost dry of idea’s. There’s no snow where I live. I’ve only seen snow about 3 times in my entire life. I love writing and maybe when I get older will look into writing books for young teens. I’ve had many experinces and I’m sure they would make great storys that many people would be willing to read.

    Your fan
    `Josh`

  61. hi

    hey speak is a pretty cool book. Im reading it for english class. one thing that I want all authors to kno is that: Cheerleadeers do not have a captian, and one cheerleader cannot kick another cheerleader off the team. This common misconception is in A LOT of movies. And most of them are not that popular. Dont get me wrong i like the book but i just think all authors should kno this. <3

  62. hi

    hey speak is a pretty cool book. Im reading it for english class. one thing that I want all authors to kno is that: Cheerleadeers do not have a captian, and one cheerleader cannot kick another cheerleader off the team. This common misconception is in A LOT of movies. And most of them are not that popular. Dont get me wrong i like the book but i just think all authors should kno this. <3

  63. hi

    hey speak is a pretty cool book. Im reading it for english class. one thing that I want all authors to kno is that: Cheerleadeers do not have a captian, and one cheerleader cannot kick another cheerleader off the team. This common misconception is in A LOT of movies. And most of them are not that popular. Dont get me wrong i like the book but i just think all authors should kno this. <3

  64. No fair!

    Okay, so im really jelous of your world. I wish my world was like that, peaceful and everytime i looked out my window there would be snow!!!
    must be nice to be you….your rich right?

  65. No fair!

    Okay, so im really jelous of your world. I wish my world was like that, peaceful and everytime i looked out my window there would be snow!!!
    must be nice to be you….your rich right?

  66. No fair!

    Okay, so im really jelous of your world. I wish my world was like that, peaceful and everytime i looked out my window there would be snow!!!
    must be nice to be you….your rich right?

  67. Re: thank you

    So that you are aware of how the situation has turned- he will be out of my school at semester- not because of me though- thankfully- for conscience reasons- but because of his attitude in everyday life towards teachers and other students. I can’t say thank you enough though.

    I hope that you have a very merry Christmas- with many beautiful memories.

    Thank you once again.

    Julia

  68. Re: thank you

    So that you are aware of how the situation has turned- he will be out of my school at semester- not because of me though- thankfully- for conscience reasons- but because of his attitude in everyday life towards teachers and other students. I can’t say thank you enough though.

    I hope that you have a very merry Christmas- with many beautiful memories.

    Thank you once again.

    Julia

  69. Re: thank you

    Thanks for the update!! I am relieved and happy.

    I hope you have a peaceful holiday. It will get better, I promise. There will be hard days ahead, but you’ll keep moving forward and gaining strength.

    I’m glad I was able to help in a small way.

  70. Re: thank you

    Thanks for the update!! I am relieved and happy.

    I hope you have a peaceful holiday. It will get better, I promise. There will be hard days ahead, but you’ll keep moving forward and gaining strength.

    I’m glad I was able to help in a small way.

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