Watch what you say, or your pancake might just run away! This Norwegian folktale is cousin to "The Gingerbread Man." This episode's story poem is "If You Are Lost in a Troll Wood." The reading recommendation is "Ronia the Robber's Daughter," by Astrid Lindgren.
We learn about ghost medicine, offerings, and how the roma (mother) makes gems (babies), as well as whether or not ghosts are male/female. Vi meets a Sibyllus, who seems to like her. This is "patchwork" writing: sections/scenes without the connecting piece. It turned out to be a good way to get back into the world after a break from writing, as well as to not be overwhelmed by the task of introducing the world of ghosts.
We meet Vi and her best friend, Sparks, on the last day of junior year just as they begin their ritual of dumping all books, binders, and notebooks in the trash. We also meet Joey and Mikey, and Tony LaCosse invites them to the end of the year junior-senior party that night.
Outlining before writing is new for me. I've always been a "pantser." It's seemed easier to trick myself into thinking I'm just going for a little stroll, rather than being honest and saying I'm committed to a marathon. But after reading "Wired for Story" by Lisa Cron, and attending a couple of her workshops, I started to convert. She says that once you write words, you get attached to them, sometimes at the sake of the story. I also began to notice that when I edit novels, I have to go back...