I noted here previously that I had written and had published on an internet zine a short story entitled “Pride’s Prison.” The story is about a boy (age 12) who is horribly bullied in parochial school in the mid-sixties. Realizing that many people have limited time to read (the story takes approximately an hour to read in its entirety), I have started a fictional diary on an experimental basis. The intention is to make relatively short entries on a daily basis (in his time, I update it in real time as often as possible).
The name of my juvenile character in the story is “Bobby Schultz.” Thus, I call the fictional diary “Bobby’s Blog.” (The anachronism is intentional.) I am now up to a little past the first week, beginning Labor Day, 1966. If anyone is interested in reading all or part of it, I shall link to its first and latest entries below. I try to reflect the flavor of the times which, although a mere relative eye blink ago in the eternal scheme of things, now seems like a thousand years ago; so* very much has changed* within society and social mores since then; and the changes within the Church have been equally profound.
I also mention period television shows and happenings, such as the premier of a "new show about spaceships” that Bobby’s brother loves called Star Trek, as well as then ongoing significant changes within the Church in the wake of Vatican II.
Most of all, as time goes by I hope to allow any interested in reading on a daily basis how severely bullied kids feel: the feeling of helplessness, shame and despair that such engenders.
Here are the URLs for the first and latest entries respectively:
Should anyone here have any interest in reading one or more of the daily entries thus far, I would greatly appreciate it if you would honestly let me know if the writing sounds like that of a bright eleven-year-old kid (who loves to read) of that period. (I am not referring to the spelling and punctuation. I am the fictional editor of the diary as noted. Any editorial mistakes on his part I would have corrected, though I leave alone occasional lapses in proper grammar.) It’s been a long time since I was eleven, which is my character’s age in the first few months of the blog. If not, any suggestions as to how to make him sound more authentic would be greatly appreciated. The incidents related all come from real life (names changed), only personal events and dates won’t, of course, match exactly.
Thanks to all.