Story: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
My Thoughts: I came up with the idea for this story years and years ago while volunteering at my local library. There's a reading nook in the library, and I could just picture Olly and Maylyn in it, enjoying a story together. To this day, I enjoy working in the children's area and listening to a parent deliver a really good reading of a book to their child. Some kids can't sit still long enough, other kids let their attention drift, but some kids are fascinated and love a good story, especially when it's told well. I went home, prepared to write this story, and accidentally wrote the sequel instead, a document I named library2.docx. But where was library1.docx? Only in my mind. For years. And I couldn't post the sequel without writing the first one, of course.
So I finally got around to writing this. It's funny the number of goat videos/memes that found me during the week, as if pressuring me to finish writing this once and for all. I'm glad I finally did; I so enjoy writing Olly and Maylyn (whose situation only is loosely based on my sister's, mainly so that I could get the timeline correct in my head). Ohhh the timeline. Maylyn is in kindergarten in this story, which puts her at 5 years-old. I pulled up my trusty expreadsheet to see what year that would be and found... that I'd neglected to put Maylyn into the spreadsheet! Her mother, Swan, was there. Toby the dog was there. Even Marty's roommate was there. But no Maylyn. And no Ace either! After some quick math (she was adopted at age 2 and the series starts in 2004 one year after her adoption, according to "Olly's Story") I was able to set this story in 2006. This also means I may need to adjust a few of the other stories that feature Maylyn carefully, now that I know when she was born.
Next week, I hope to post library2.docx... once I come up with an actual title for it.
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