How far are you in your book?
Page 30. How did your setting start out?
Nice! My setting started in Parris Island how bout yours?
My setting started out in his cold home town of New York. He then moved to a small town in California. The book hasn't gotten to the part where he is drafted to the military and is over the Pacific.
Mine has and they got to New River. How are your notes on setting going?
My notes are going well. I haven't found any truths that I want to research yet but I have found some setting notes. When my story starts to explain more about his life in the War and fighting over the Pacific we can compare setting a little more.
Ok sounds good!
Have you found any truths you want to research yet?
No I haven't yet :( what do you think of your book so far?
I really like mine, what about you? Also, I was thinking about looking up average running times back then compared to now because he was a track star.
Yeah I like mine too! And that's a great idea!
My setting has changed a little bit because he went to the Olympics in Germany. There are nazi flags all over the streets and the main character in my book met Hitler. Has your book described anything about world war 2 yet?
No not yet! We are getting there though! My main character just got picked to be in the first commanding group and he's feeling anxious! Also one of the people he knew that volunteered got cut because of his strength
Ok! Has there been any quotes or truths that have stood out to you?
A quote that really stood out to me was " In 1936 we still thought of Hitler only of a dangerous clown."
Hi a hut,
My setting has started to change to the pacific ocean and has started to change more to a military setting. Has your setting changed at all?
No my setting hasn't really changed all that much. My character's personality is starting to develop more and more. What is your favorite thing about your main character?
My favorite thing about my main character is that he never gives up. He has a very big personality and never wants to lose.
What is your characters view on being in the military?
My character sees the military as a very hard but honoring experience.
What seems to be your main characters biggest struggle?
I think my character's main struggle is accepting positive remarks and winning. He used to be a trouble maker and then turned in to a Olympic runner and changed himself to a better person. Even though he does all of this he still gets down on him self and questions his new personality.
Has your book said anything about Pearl Harbor?
Yes my main character entered the military right after Pearl Harbor.
Have you found a truth that you want to research yet?
Yes, I want to research how much actual training and how long the training takes to become a pilot for the military.
Have you found any truths you want to research?
Yes I would love to know more about the selection process when they pick the top people in the military. In my book it's super intense so I want to know if it is really like that.
Is there anything new that you have learned that surprises you?
What really surprised me is how fast the Olympic runners can run!
So my setting has changed from the pacific, them being lost at sea, to them being "rescued" by the Japanese and being thrown in a cell in a Japanese prison.
Has your setting changed at all?
My setting hasn't changed all that much but a new main character was introduced. His name is Hoosier.
Have any new characters been introduced in your book?
There hasn't been any new characters but because of the setting change there has been more light on some different charterers that I originally didn't know very well.
Does your setting involve a lot of smoking and drinking?
Yes! My book mentions the characters smoking and drinking together while they are on their breaks.
Does your book mention the soldiers staying in huts?
Yes it does! Their living conditions are not the greatest.
Does your book talk about how big and vast the pacific is?
Yes it does. I wish it went into more detail but they do talk about it a little.
Does it rain a lot in your setting?
Yes! When they were on their raft it had stormed a lot and that added to the somber setting and mood.
Do they live on islands in your book? Also what are their beds and sleeping conditions like?
Yes they do live on islands and they sleep on pine needs under blankets. Not the most comfortable bed.
Are the characters in your book close or do they argue?
The characters are pretty close in this book. Has your book described the Japanese yet?
The book hasn't gone in to great detail about the Japanese yet.
What words or phrases does the author use that are unusual? Like in my book, food is called chow.
There isn't much abnormal language in my book
Going back to the Japanese, they are all mostly mean and beat my main character and poke him with sticks. They also throw rocks at him.Contrasting most of the Japanese, there is one or two nice guards that help my main character and help him stay alive.
My main character being famous from his running career also helps him as a Prisoner of War.
My character has moved from a secret camp where he was tortured to a recognized camp but he is still beaten when he does things wrong. This amp is mostly made of sand and is till on an island.
Has your book talked abut the Japanese, prisoner camps, or characteristics of the war or the pacific?
In my book they just won the battle at Guadalcanal. They also refer to the Japanese as the Japs or the little brown men.
Do the characters in your book all have nicknames?
Yes, most of them are given nicknames
In my book, they start talking about the harsh environment of Japan such as the heavy snow in the winter an the intense heat in the summer. Has your book described anything along these lines?
My book hasn't talked about snow but there is a whole lot of rain.
How does your book describe the Japanese? Mine describes them as harsh, sneaky, sly, etc
yes, it describes the Japanese in very many different instances. The Japanese are described as cruel and uncaring. In the POW camps the prisoners are treated so badly some of them die. The Japanese will beat them and cut their food rations in half if the prisoners get hurt.
Has your book talked about any disease involved with the war?
Yes, a lot of the soldiers in my book have gotten malaria.
Are most the soldiers in your book from the south?
A lot of the prisoners in my camp have dies from Beriberi, which is a vitamin B defiant. The prisoners also get a lot of mosquito bites in my book too.
The prisoners come from a lot of different places.