My first assignment for my Readings in Contemporary Fiction class is to write my life story in 400 words or less on the back of a postcard. The idea comes from Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard), which my professor Sherrie Flick has had done for her.
To choose our postcards, Sherrie laid them face down on her desk and the class, for the most part, choose blindly. I chose a ninja postcard.
Clearly, I chose the coolest postcard. Here is my first draft (188 words):
Jazz Sexton was born 12 days late because she loves being in water. She could not get enough of the Atlantic Ocean from the age of 6 months and people often told her parents "your daughter is a fish." Thus, Jazz spent the first 14 years of her life convinced she was a mermaid or some sort of changeling and stayed up at night, eagerly awaiting a tear in the space/time continuum to whisk her to a magical land. At the age of 5, on the first day of Kindergarten, she did not know her date of birth when Mrs. Morales asked to add it to the class's birthday chart. From that day on, she has always known it is important to know things about yourself. Jazz thinks she knows herself well, maybe too well, and has only met with one or two minor identity crises. She loves to write, "art it up" and make people laugh. Writing is very painful for her, but she labors on because it makes her happy. Jazz plans to live to the age of 109. She has survived an extended encounter with the Big Bad Wolf.
Things I now realize I neglected to mention:
-Where I grew up
-Why I am where I am now
-Pretty much everything between when I was 14 and now
What should I put in and/or take out? What would you write for your life story on a postcard?