WIP – Day Two. . . er. . . half day two

Yes, I only got in half a day’s work on the WIP because of the events reported in the previous post. But it was a good few hours. I’m still playing around with nearly every aspect of the story. And I have some names. The fifteen-year-old boy is Andy, subject to change of course. Andy is a good-looking, gentle soul whose Mom drank too much while pregnant with him. As a result, he has some developmental issues. I don’t know him very well yet, though. Mom’s name is Joanna, at least today. She’s a good person who would give anything if she could take back the way she hurt her son with her drinking. She’s sober now and probably a nurse or a midwife. It’s the daughter, Pippa, who is really badgering me to give her the lead in this book. She’s seventeen and an amazing girl in ways I’m not ready to reveal. I’m letting her push me around for now, but her mom and Andy will get a turn soon.
I’m not crazy about the name Andy. He needs a name that suits him, and while Andy does, I just don’t care for it. Either it’ll grow on me or I’ll change it when a better one comes along. Suggestions welcome!
It’s nearly midnight and I want to read a little Jodi Picoult before sleep, so I’ll see y’all tomorrow.  


  1. Laura on August 16, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Maybe the name Peter appeals to you more? After all-it does mean “rock”

  2. Margo on August 16, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    ‘ditto’ Laura…I like it…..(-:

  3. Margo on August 16, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    I also like the names Sam (Samual) and David…

  4. brenda on August 16, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    I taught a delightful student, Shawn and another Buddy—special kids and I loved each of them-I wish you could have seen Buddy as Romeo and Shawn as Macbeth….won’t devulge any more about them…but they were great.
    HOWEVER, I like ANDY

  5. Diane Chamberlain on August 16, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Hmm. . . Peter. It’s a maybe. The current Andy is NOT a rock. I like Sam and David, but i think he needs a name that ends in a “y.” Sammy or Davey. Something that keeps him young, at least in his family’s eyes. But then, I don’t really know him yet, so perhaps his name will emerge as he does.

  6. Margo on August 16, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    How ’bout Sunny……(-:

  7. brenda on August 16, 2006 at 5:47 pm

    How about Nicholas (Nicky), David (Davey) or Daniel (Danny)…these are some of the names of students I have had that end in Y, but I must tell you that most of the students’ names begin in J.
    I had 7 Joshua and 5 Jennifer in one semester.
    In one class, I had everyone starting with a J sit in three rows-so we could remember their names-they were impressed…

  8. Diane Chamberlain on August 16, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    Margo, Sunny is actually the name of the protagonist in the light-hearted book I’ve been working on. (a female)
    Brenda, the last year I was a therapist, just about every girl I worked with had the same girl’s name and all their boyfriends had the same boy’s name and keeping one straight from another was an issue!

  9. Lorene on August 16, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    My son who died last year was Brian. My other son is Charlie. I also LOVE the name Andy 🙂

  10. Diane Chamberlain on August 16, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    Oh Lorene, how heart breaking! I’m so sorry. I simply cannot imagine the pain of losing a child. How old was Brian?

  11. Lorene on August 17, 2006 at 8:40 am

    Thanks, Diane. He was forty-two and was hit by a car. I had three children with quite a bit of time between them. I always said I had three “only children”. My daughter is the youngest who turned twenty-nine yesterday. I am old!
    Losing a son or daughter at any age is like losing a limb. You do learn to live without it but are always aware that it is missing. I have trouble telling others how many children I have. It is so ordinary to say I have ___children like I used to and now I don’t know what to say. I don’t like drawing attention to it but can’t just say “I have a son and a daughter”.

  12. Margo on August 17, 2006 at 8:40 am

    Lorene…I’m so very sorry you lost a son…like Diane, I would like to know how old Brian was…I can’t imagine what that was like for you.

  13. Diane Chamberlain on August 17, 2006 at 8:49 am

    I have several friends who’ve lost adult children, and they change what they say depending on who’s asking. Most, though, usually say that they had three, but lost one. It invites questions and sympathy, though, so I guess they answer the question that way when they don’t mind further attention to the topic.
    >>Losing a son or daughter at any age is like losing a limb. You do learn to live without it but are always aware that it is missing.

  14. brenda on August 17, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    My heart aches for you-more than aches. I have always said that the worst thing on earth is to lose a child…I can’t imagine what it feels because I was distraught when I had a miscarriage (had my children with fertility drugs)…oh…my…please email us when you want-any time you need to “talk”…you will be in my thoughts…
    You are not OLD…my youngest child is 34 and the elder will be 36 in October (I have two…) I am old…
    Please know you are in our hearts…you dear person.
    Isn’t it great how Diane is bringing us together???? She is gifted…sorry “You are gifted, Diane…””””

  15. Margo on August 17, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    Lorene…Diane and Brenda say exactly how I feel…I have a very heavy heart knowing you lost a child…plz take care.

  16. Lorene on August 17, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    You are all so very sweet and the reason I don’t like to draw attention to it is that I don’t want YOU to have sad feelings. This is a happy place 🙂

  17. Diane Chamberlain on August 17, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    You know what, Lorene? Life comes with happiness and sorrow and I like to think that’s what my books are all about. I want my characters to try to learn from their hardships and make the best of them. So it makes sense to me that my blog wouldn’t be any different.

  18. brenda on August 19, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    Jodi Picoult MY SISTER’S KEEPER is a tear jerker with a twist…whew…
    Read it at the same time I read Jacquelyn Mitchard’s CAGE OF STARS…thought provoking books…
    If you have not watched the TELEVISION MOVIE “The Marilyn Gambrel Story”-it is well worth watching…at-risk students…
    I taught at-risk for five years in South Carolina, and I taught in a prison one semester (at night)–let me tell you–there is a need for teachers in the type of schools in which Marilyn went…
    I don’t teach in those schools where I live now-doubt we have any inWV-but I loved it…

  19. Diane Chamberlain on August 19, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    i just finished MY SISTER’S KEEPER, brenda. i’ll post about it separately. thanks for the heads-up on mitchard’s latest.

  20. Linda Rainwater on August 23, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Diane, Another name suggestion! My latest grandson is named Cason, but they call him Casey. That is a little more unusual at least. Glad to hear about this new book!!

  21. Diane on August 24, 2006 at 8:51 pm

    Casey is a really cute name. I’ll put it in the think tank.

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