Constructing a Story from A to Z – J is for Juggler

The one complaint I’ve had about ALPHABLOCK , from the first time I flipped through it, was the “J is for Juggler.” I thought it was a weird choice of a J word. Let’s just say I wasn’t overjoyed when it came time to thrust it into my story either, but here it goes:

At once I was a frantic juggler palming the straw and lid, paper cup, gobs of chilly chocolate goo, and insincere apologies to the poor girl who I just trashed.

Here’s our story (*under construction*) so far:

I saw an apple to my left and I wondered if Snow White could taste the danger in her fateful bite. The balloons that surrounded the entrance and the table of the carnival did nothing to relieve my feelings of other-worldliness. I carried my tray of cookies to the PTA’s donor table and tried to escape before Mrs. Jameson could spot me.

“No bye-bye dog!” my daughter cried.

“Dog is an elephant, baby,” I said, unable to ignore this teachable moment.Dani was only two years old and still had issues with the animal kingdom – frogs were fish, birds were “eh-planes,” cats were bears, and her beloved Dumbo stuffed animal was, of course, a dog. She let go of my hand and ran, screaming, toward the “garden of fears” assembled by the high school theater group. I felt the heartbeat hammer of panic as she disappeared through crowds of distracted teens. I plowed through after her feeling the cold shock of an ice cream shake bursting out of the its flimsy carnival cup, showering its owner and me. At once I was a frantic juggler palming the straw and lid, paper cup, gobs of chilly chocolate goo, and insincere apologies to the poor girl who I just trashed.


If you are new to this blog, or finding this post disjointed from the rest of the challenge I have taken on this month, you may be (understandably) curious about what the heck I am doing here. The explanation of the challenge and the prompt I am using can be found in my theme reveal post. Check it out, and follow the links in that post to visit some other fascinating blogs that have taken on this month’s a to z challenge!


COMMENTS/QUESTIONS:

I welcome all kinds of constructive critique! Please keep in mind this is a first draft, so I’m looking for input as I will be jumping into edits and rewrites as soon as the month is through. If you want to wait until the end of the month to see the whole story before critiquing, that’s fine too.

While you wait to get to the end of my story, perhaps you can help me to start thinking about a title for this tiny tale – share your ideas in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “Constructing a Story from A to Z – J is for Juggler

    • The “juggler” has always been the weird word in this book to me. It is the one word that my son has not seen any other example of yet since reading this book. I guess, at some point, I should just bring the kid to a circus.

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      • There are probably hundreds of juggling videos on YouTube. Some of the best jugglers in the world, past and present, can be found performing in numerous videos. Going to a circus is certainly a fun thing that I think every kid should experience.

        Arlee Bird
        A to Z Challenge Co-host
        Tossing It Out

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