”It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
― Madeleine L’Engle
I am sharing this from my blog for adults, it is my first chapter for the novel I have written about Miss Chloe Prime, who you have come to know and love. I hope you enjoy it.
Okay guys, here is a sample of edited work. This is the opening to a novel that I have written and would dearly like to publish. This is me well and truly exposing myself, my heart, my hopes and my dreams. I’m actually a little teary and shaky whilst I do this. If you like it please support my blog http://chloeprimealienspacevet.com, please please please like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChloePrimeAlienSpaceVet?ref=hl#!/ChloePrimeAlienSpaceVet , please follow me on twitter @RobinRiedstra . Please help my dreams come true. Every bit of support you can show makes me that bit easier for a publisher to take a risk on me. You’re likes, you’re follows mean everything to me and to making my dreams come true. My hopes are in your hands and just a click away, so please, just click liken or follow.
Chapter One: The Night Before the Day After
Chloe Prime poked her head out above her blankets and eyed her wardrobe suspiciously. Had it just made a noise? She watched and waited for a few minutes. Nothing. Perhaps it had all just been in her imagination. A flight of fancy? She nestled back under her covers.
Chloe quickly pulled her covers down again and glared at her wardrobe again. Honestly, this was getting just ridiculous. She had to get a goodnight sleep for her first day at her new school tomorrow. This just would not do.
Chloe vaulted out of bed and stood in front of her wardrobe at the ready. Her hair reared out from her head in crazy curls, ready for action. If there was a monster in that wardrobe she was going to have at it.
Daniel Prime came running into his daughter’s room closely followed by her mother. Chloe turned to see her father staring at her in shock.
“Monsters, Dad.” Chloe quickly informed Daniel Prime. “In the cupboard. I’ve got them pinned.”
Daniel Prime started to enter the room.
“Get back!” Chloe yelled. “It’s too dangerous! Save Mum.”
Daniel Prime laughed and entered the room, scooping up his daughter.
“There are no monsters here Little Miss Lady.”
“Are you nervous about school tomorrow?” Mrs Prime asked.
“What?” Chloe snorted in surprise. “I’m excited about school. I just happen to have a rather serious monster issue to deal with.”
“I’ll deal with any monsters.” Daniel Prime said. “You just go to bed.”
“But Dad, what if there are ghosts, or fairies… or I heard that sometimes little time travelling pirates come breaking down your…” Chloe began.
“No buts, no brownies, no bandits! You need your rest if you’re going to be on the school shuttle on time tomorrow morning.” Daniel Prime tutted his daughter. “Besides you know all our wardrobes are double coated with Kevlarized Graphene. Nothing is getting through.”
“But what about bears? You know… sort of hiding in the cupboard rather than coming through it?” Chloe was grasping at straws by this stage. She knew she would never win this argument, and she was getting quite tired anyway. Her mother kissed her goodnight.
“Don’t you worry about any bears, Sweetie.” Mum said, as she walked out of the room. “I’m sure you can just talk your way out of trouble without fighting.”
And it was true, Chloe had always been able to talk with animals, and more importantly they were able to talk to her. So, even bears should not be a problem. Chloe cuddled up to her teddy Sinbad and dozed off with images of swashbuckling bears, whispering to fairy ghosts, in her dreams.
I am so excited. I am meant to be in bed asleep but I just can’t sleep because I am so excited. I can’t wait for tomorrow. I wonder what we’re doing. Maybe we’re going to see butterflies again, or going on a picnic. I don’t know. I am heaps excited. Joshua is excited too. He’s bought a new vest for the occasion. Joshua loves his ties and vests. He looks very smart in them. So excited!!!!
I told Joshua that I was excited for the weekend because Mum and Dad are taking me somewhere special. Joshua asked if he could come. Guess what? Mum and Dad said yes! I don‘t know what we’re doing but I am heaps excited.
We got set an extra special task today. We have to write a story about one of our grandparents or great grandparents, or great great great grandparents, someone older than our parents but in our family, and draw a picture, and we get to show it to Mr Tong’s dad when he comes. I am so excited. I will be working very hard on mine.