It’s mid June and some schools are already finished for the summer. Some will be wrapping things up at the end of the month. With summer break almost upon us I can’t help but think about my school days. I’m more nostalgic for that time of my life than usual because last month was my high school reunion. Not a class reunion, but a school reunion for all alumnus from the fifty years the school has been open. For some high school was a time to be forgotten. An awkward time that you couldn’t wait to be over. A time of being bullied. A time of being lonely. A time of heartbreak when that first love didn’t work out. A time of belonging when you found that person or group of people you clicked with.
For me high school was an amazing time. I loved mostly everything about it. I was one of the lucky ones though. I had a large group of friends. I got good grades. The reunion brought a lot of memories back. I was looking forward to seeing at least some of those friends again. Sure, we connected on Facebook and I was up to date on most things going on in their lives if the Facebook algorithms decided to show me their posts. But I hadn’t seen most of them since high school. I wasn’t disappointed. At the pub social over 1,000 people showed up and I got to see some of the old gang. It was great catching up and there has been talk about meeting up again in October when another member of the group will be visiting from Phoenix.
Being back at my old school got me fired up about writing a young adult series I’ve had in mind for years now but haven’t started. There are so many other projects I need to finish first but the YA series is set in my old school. Walking the halls again I could envision the characters in the series walking those halls. Going to classes. Eating lunch in the cafeteria. Participating in after school clubs. I took tons of pictures of the school to help me when I do start writing the series.
Has your school had a reunion? Did you go?
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A road trip without a plan sounded like a good idea when Lena and her friends hit the road. After hours of driving in the heat in a cramped car they’re all ready for something to eat and a good night’s rest.
Reflections Inn looks perfect for the group of friends. A little run down, it hides a supernatural horror. A curse that replaces people with their repressed alter egos forces the friends to fight for their lives. Duplicates who lack restraint, crave gratification emerge from the mirrors. Too late they realize they didn’t know each other as well as they thought.
One by one, Lena’s friends learn the truth about their repressed emotions, their suppressed violent urges.
What doesn’t kill them can only make them stronger.
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