September 11th is a day in our country’s history that will never be forgotten. It had a special impact on our region, with Washington, DC our neighbor to the south and Shanksville, PA our neighbor to the north. It is a day to reflect, remember, grieve and give thanks. As writers and illustrators, it is also a time to remember how fortunate we are that our artistic voices are not silenced like so many others, whether it be by the ill-winds of political oppression, poverty, hunger or war. We are rich indeed that somehow we have the means to do what others here and abroad cannot, but would sorely love to.
I had a difficult time trying to come up with a worthy challenge for you, racking my brain all day yesterday and when I first woke up this morning. After getting my kids off to school, I turned on the TV and watched the recounting of that fateful day. I, like so many others, remembered where I was and what I was doing. September 11, 2001 started out like any other day.
And then it wasn’t.
In the rubble of those sad memories, I discovered our next challenge.
It was a day like any other…then it wasn’t. Actually, this is more of a writing prompt. Take it and write whatever comes to you. It doesn’t have to be sad or bittersweet. It can be about someone winning the lottery or getting their first kiss. After all, wonderful things can happen on September 11th – like the birth of my youngest daughter, who is 16 today. Her arrival made our family complete!
For our illustrators, your challenge is to draw the face of a character the moment the day like any other became just the opposite.
There is only one more challenge left before the conference. Remember you can do them in any order, just be sure to make a comment in the post of that particular challenge that you completed it. We want you to have every chance to win one of our fabulous goodie baskets! Here are the links to the previous six:
Happy writing and illustrating!