The Freshman EssayFandom: California Diaries
Jill Henderson reflects on her traumatic eighth grade year for the annual Freshman Essay at Vista.Link: AO3
Written for isabelquinn
, for the 2015 cadiaries_exchange
posted about starting up a California Diaries fic exchange, I was pretty much all-aboard from the get-go. I, too, believe that the CA Diaries deserves more fic, especially given the rich tapestry of the canon and the new characters that were introduced for this BSC spinoff series. The hardest part for me was actually coming up with prompts about what sort of fic I'd like to see. Prompts are not my strong suit, which should be obvious from my five-prompt tables for the Summer Mini Challenge. Nevertheless, I managed to come up with the requisite amount to sign up for the exchange, and was blessed when I matched with prompts I actually felt I could write!
Jill Henderson was a character from the original BSC series, originally the fourth member of the We ♥ Kids Club along with Dawn, Sunny, and Maggie. She was summarily shunted out of the CA Diaries series to make way for Amalia and Ducky in a way that I felt was really unfair to her, so it was a pleasure to explore *her* side of the story as to why she drifted apart from her friends.( Points of interest... )
I thought the idea of writing an introspective essay would fit right in with the other unorthodox assignments Vista seems to give (the compulsory journalling, the 8th grade autobiographies). Freshman year would be the right time for it, too, even if the eighth graders had stayed in the middle school building. In the end, it was a much easier story to write than I was anticipating, and it was a real joy to get into Jill's head and look at the canon from her perspective. It's one of my favorite things I've written this year, and it makes me happy that isabelquinn
seems to have enjoyed it, too ♥
As per usual with exchanges, mine is the longest and
least popular offering of the collection, which is a bit disheartening, but oh, well. As long as the person it was intended for enjoys it, that's really all that matters!
Many thanks again to snarky_imp
for the beta read. I don't tend to use beta readers but this was really a pleasurable experience =)