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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Share your tips for world-building, even if it’s only a village.”
In my ideal world, people would contribute equally to the economy. There would be no upper, middle, or lower class, and nothing would be exclusive. Poverty, homelessness, prejudice, religion, and war wouldn’t exist.
In schools, curriculum would include social values: respecting one another, not stealing, lying, or cheating. Children would learn that abuse of any kind is wrong and should be reported. They would also be encouraged to tell on others for doing something wrong and to always do the right thing. Prison inmates would learn to feel bad about themselves because of choices they made, then be given tools to rebuild their lives, become law-abiding citizens, and feel good about themselves again.
Of course, I’m no expert on economics, education, or psychology. So, I couldn’t tell you how to build such a world or even if it could exist. But wouldn’t it be nice?
How about you? What would your ideal world be like? Do you know how such a world could be built? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.
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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me
Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?