April Journal Experiment

My darling bride told me about what was actually a crafting exercise she was thinking about doing. An art journal (also know as an art diary) where you do your journal as if you were a different person. My brain immediately leaped to, “You could do this as a written journal too! That would be fun!”

So I’m going to give it a try for the month of April. However, in order to challenge myself a little I’m going to do not one, but two. I guess an important “rule” of this exercise is that it has to be done in real-time, so my April 4, 2014 will also be April 4, 2014 for my characters.

The first will be Rachel, a 8 (“almost 9!”) year old girl. She’s a little too smart for her own good, and trying to grow up a little too fast. Both of her parents works, so she’s responsible for getting herself to and from school. She is OK with this, most of the time, as she’s a very independent young lady. Once home, Mrs. Cranson, the old lady next door, checks up on Rachel, but mostly just leaves her alone. Rachel’s mother is a doctor, and her father is a mechanic who owns his own garage. They are doing pretty well for themselves, and live in a fairly affluent suburb.

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The second will be Brandon. 17 (almost 18) year old young man. Brandon is basically a good, smart kid, but he got mixed up with the wrong group of friends. While Brandon’s dream is to do computer-based character animation for movies, his friends are wannabe gang members who try to act like street toughs even though they live in the suburbs, in a predominantly white, fairly affluent area. Brandon’s father is a computer programmer, and his mother is director at an art museum, so, like Rachel, Brandon is left to his own devices until his parents get home at around 6:30 each night.

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I am really looking forward to seeing what Rachel and Brandon do over the next month. At this point, I really have no idea. Even though I suspect they might run into each other once or twice during the month.

(The images of “Rachel” and “Brandon” are ones I grabbed from 123rf.com, so it should go without saying that my characters for this experiment are not real, and any similarity to actual people, especially those pictured, is purely coincidental…and a little creepy.)