The eighth story (also known as the worst story ever!):
When 15-year-old Kristin Fernando is sent to to stay with her mother’s cousins Tybalt and Cassandra MacPherson and their children 15-year-old Velvet, 14-year-old Nader, 11-year-old Jacquala, and baby Siegfried in McDermitt, Arizona following her parents’ divorce, she is sure her life as a stereotypical teenager is over. Her cousins are so weird, famed rocker Ozzy Osborne could claim them as his long-lost cousins. Kristin wonders if she deserved this form of punishment. But when her mother gives her a diary, Kristin is upset, knowing that she has accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress. Yet she uses her diary to express her anger at her parents’ divorce, her unhappiness at leaving her friends, and being in a new school where the usage of social media is forbidden. Will she be able to balance her online life with her offline life and get along with her cousins?
Apart from me calling this the worst story I have ever written, this story is a cautionary tale of what happens when you let social media get in the way of your real life. Kristin learns this lesson the hard way when everyone at her old school is forbidden from talking to her, even after she put a very dangerous predator in jail. Plus, a few untrue and unkind rumors destroyed any chances of her reconciling with her friends are good.
But that’s not what the story is about.
In this story, Kristin talks about how weird her family is and the fact that they appear to be related to Ozzy Osbourne. She is forced to give up many of her online account, thanks to her new school which all but bans the usage of social media.
As she is slowly being forced to wean herself from the internet, Kristin learns that people online are not the same as the people offline and it is OK to have a life that is free from being on the internet.
Right now, I’m in the process of completely overhauling the story so I can get it ready by next year. I will be back tomorrow with another blog post.