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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)

TITLE: Hello Out There
By Ruth Neilson


September 5, 2007 14:05
So, I lied...

Hello out there, Sierra here.

Okay, so I lied to everyone out there who is reading my blog. I assumed that since my folks were shipping me off to some backwater piece of the country, I wouldnít have net access. Well, guess again...Iím here. On some decrepit computer with the slowest dial up on the planet, but Iím here...

I miss everyone out there like crazy, but Gram isnít very bad, considering her religious fanaticism. Iíd almost say that she was cool.


Weíve been doing a lot of talkingóokay, arguing lately. Mostly about Jarrod; she agrees with my parents, for once. I donít know what happened way back when...but Iím gonna find out, one way or another.

Well, until next time, this is Sierra signing off.

September 12, 2007 1500
Mystery is in the air

Hello out there, Sierra here.

Well, Iím back. Gram is well and all that jazz. I caught her crying while she was cradling a photo album. I had forgotten how thick her accent wasóuntil she started to speak. Gram was babbling on about her lost baby and some sort of curse.

I donít believe in curses; way too old world for me.

Anyways, Jarrod, if you are reading this, please send me an email. We need to talk, really, its important!


Until next time, this is Sierra signing off.

September 19, 2007 2358
Mystery solved

Hello out there, Sierra here.

I finally figured out what Gram was talking about today. I found pictures of her my age and pregnant. Suddenly, everything makes sense. The arguments that my dad has with her, the never ending bitter feelingsÖ everything!

Dad always said that he was her oldest, but they never spoke. He never referred to Grandpa as Ďdadí and for that matter, never referred to Gram as Ďmom.í

Who would have thought that he had been given up for adoption and found her again later? Anyways, long story short, cause she didnít want anything to do with him growing up, he didnít want anything to do with her...

I guess the only reason why Iím here now, is cause, well, dad doesnít want me making the same mistakes that Gram made.

Anyways, needless to say, I think heís a little lateÖ

Any ways, until next time, this is Sierra signing off.

September 20, 2007 0000
Private SettingóI am really scared...

Iím not Daddyís little girl anymore. Jarrod was the only one who knows why. For now I donít know what daddy is going to think.

He hasnít answered any emails or any of my requests for him to email me. This canít be happening...

Iím only 16.

Maybe I should tell Gram. She would know what to do...

June 30, 2008 1000

Hello out there, Sierra and Emma here.

Thatís right. Iím still at Gramís house, but sheís helping me learn how to take care of my little girl. She is such a blessing, worth the nine months of being uncomfortable...not that I want to go through this again any time soon.

Iíll be sure to post pictures of Emma soon. I need to go, Emma is hungry and well, what she wants, she gets, for right now...

Until next time, this is Sierra and Emma signing off.

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Sheri Gordon06/14/07
This is a clever way of telling Sierra's all-too-familiar story. It kept me interested. Good job.
Catrina Bradley 06/14/07
Very nice! I like the voice, young but not obnoxious. A sad story but a happy one too, for Emma. I like the blog format, too. :)
Dee Yoder 06/18/07
Your format for the story held my interest right to the end. Teens certainly could relate to Sierra's sad story and to her method of telling it.