Character Sketch

October 26, 2011
By Danealle SILVER, Wheeling, Illinois
Danealle SILVER, Wheeling, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Anything is possible with a smile and goal in mind.


My uncle. The mistaken, red-faced child. He is my mother’s half-brother. How he made it into our family is still a mystery to me. He programmed missiles. Machines meant to obliterate those who encroached on his forefather’s land. Ancient land shattered by years of war and biblical dispute.



My Dad. Father by blood, not choice. Who lived up to the Russian stereotype. Lived to drink. Lived to smoke. Lived to gamble away the pain, until all the lies he spun covered his pancreas. Until he was being lowered into the ground. The wind howled as if it finally got what it’d been after. Each click of the gear winch a reminder of what had happened. One year of childhood lost with each inch lowered. A tear for each click.





A crack in the ground.





My cousin. Who cannot survive without family. She tries to convince herself it’s what she wants. The approval she secretly craves. Constantly voicing her opinion—as if the words will choke her if she won’t. Sitting at the family table, smiling as her mother talks about all the good deeds she’s done.



My Mother. A caregiver who judges. She sits there silently when I sink. When words flash by her, when venom is swallowed. She takes in a mouth full of pickled cabbage to stifle her response as my cousins take another jab. She taught me to stick up for myself, but god forbidden I do it to my family. My mother is afraid to disappoint them, to lose their support.

I’m afraid too. Not afraid to lose their respect or love; Afraid to let the cracks show. Writing, that place where it’s okay to shimmer instead of shine. Sitting under a Weeping Willow the recordings of heartbeats, heat flashes, and hysterics poured onto the page.
The silent listener.
Always excepting my version of the story without judgment. A place where the webs, cracks, and cravings love to be seen. A place where I can drown and not be saved.


The author's comments:
This is one of the first things I wrote for my creative writing class.

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on Dec. 2 2011 at 4:03 pm
Danealle SILVER, Wheeling, Illinois
7 articles 0 photos 119 comments

Favorite Quote:
Anything is possible with a smile and goal in mind.

Yes I did write a memoir, actually its on teenink. The memoir is called "Even Though" and it's my baby:) lol

As for journalism, I am the executive entertainment editor of our paper, but I write everyting from feature stories to opinion, to news. Basically every section, but sports. 


on Dec. 2 2011 at 1:22 pm
Nightingale2write BRONZE, Toronto, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." ~Thomas Edison

Sure thing! Thanks :) By the way, do you also write memoirs and essays? I heard you are a journalist... I was wondering what type of writing you do.

on Nov. 30 2011 at 8:53 pm
Danealle SILVER, Wheeling, Illinois
7 articles 0 photos 119 comments

Favorite Quote:
Anything is possible with a smile and goal in mind.

No it's in the states. This is the only creative writing class I take. But, I'm sure your HS offers some form of creative writing. 

Try doing some research online


on Nov. 30 2011 at 8:27 pm
Nightingale2write BRONZE, Toronto, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." ~Thomas Edison

What is your high school called? Is it in Toronto? Or do you know any other creative writing groups that you participate in that you like?

on Nov. 23 2011 at 8:00 pm
Danealle SILVER, Wheeling, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Anything is possible with a smile and goal in mind.

My high school offers it as a class for seniors, but I know the teacher who teaches it and she is letting me take it as an independant study during my junior year

on Nov. 23 2011 at 7:02 pm
Nightingale2write BRONZE, Toronto, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." ~Thomas Edison

Awesome job! I loved how you recorded each person's feeling and their major flaws! Well done :)
BTW, which creative writing class do you go to???

on Nov. 12 2011 at 11:21 pm
Danealle SILVER, Wheeling, Illinois
7 articles 0 photos 119 comments

Favorite Quote:
Anything is possible with a smile and goal in mind.

Thank you so much! It really means a lot! :)

on Nov. 12 2011 at 9:15 am
Philosophication GOLD, McKinney, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"This above all: To thine own self be true."
William Shakespeare's Hamlet

"To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid."
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... I am absolutely speechless... So well done. You are right to be taking a creative writing class. You have a gift :)




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