Steps Forward

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  1. To Be (Public Memories)
    1. Me, You, Us
    2. We Seek
    3. To Care
  2. To Sense
    1. Sensed
    2. Flow with it
    3. Good, True, and Beautiful
  3. To Will
    1. Engage
    2. Express
    3. Experience

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Chapter 1 – How Nobody Came to the Graveyard

Interesting Ideas:

  • A chilling first page – Wow! A hand in the dark with a knife. Scary!
  • black shoes – mirror-like, reflecting the moon, enough light to do the deed
  • the crib – a doomed baby trapped in his crib
  • Jack Vs. Silas – Jack’s clothes are dark, but Silas’ clothes  are darker
  • Ghosts – regular ghost vs. ghost who became ghost under shocking circumstances. 
  • The Gray Lady – an awe-inspiring figure
  • Nature: the fog 

Chapter 2 – The New Friend

Interesting Ideas:

  • Characters:
    • Bod, Silas, The Ownens, Scarlett, Carius (a Roman),  Indigo Man, Sleer
  • the graveyard – What can we see, hear and do?
  • specials skills – fading, sliding, and pushing thoughts, hello and goodbye
  • special privileges – access to the whole graveyard and skills
  • mission – to learn letters and learn to read
  • friends – girl and boy, being together, trust
  • opening doors Vs. sliding through doors – using keys or special ability
  • goosebumps – fear is a weapon
  • lost and found – reactions to being lost and found
  • People – parents and police
  • nature: birds, trees, bees, flowers, a
  • history: A roman funeral

Chapter 3 – Hounds of the God

Interesting Ideas:

  • Characters:
    • Bod, Silas, The Ownens, Miss Lupescu, The Ghouls,
  • Teaching Styles – Silas vs. Miss Lupescu
  • New Skills: new languages
  • Food – Silas vs. Miss Lupescu, Ghouls
  • Doorways – Ghoulhiem
  • Dangerous Creatures – The Ghouls
  • Magic Words – Skagh, Thegh, Khavagah
  • Roles in the World – Hounds of God, Ghouls

Chapter 4 – The Witches Headstone

Interesting Ideas:

  • Characters:
    • Bod, Silas, The Ownens, Liza, sleer,  Abanager Bolder, Tom
  • Learning Styles – learning as a ghost vs. the living, old medical system, punishment
  • New Skills: fading, writing, cursing people, wit
  • Elements: water, fire, earth and air
  • Tools – clothes, brooch, paint, paintbrush, paint, paperweight, key, newspaper
  • Food – gin, scotch, apples, poison
  • Door – the back room, shed door
  • Dangerous Creatures – greedy people
  • Magic Item – Jack’s calling card
  • Roles in the World – witches, murders, thieves, executioners
  • Graveyard Rules –  Hallowed Ghost vs. Unhallowed Ghosts

Chapter 5 – The Danse Macabre

Interesting Ideas:

  • Characters
    • Bod, Silas, The Ownens, The Lady in Gray
    • Patterns and personalities
    • Differences: the living and non living
  • Old Town – an area near the graveyard
  • Season – Winter
  • Specials Skills – dance, song, hypnosis, shoe-tying
  • Mission – to mix and be together
  • Traditions – The Danse Macabre
  • Words – Lyrics to the song
  • Items – flowers that rarely bloom, clothes,
  • Special Privileges – to tune, to forget, to see the dead
  • Longing For – Silas looking at the Lady in Gray

Chapter 6 – Nobody Owens’ School Days

Interesting Ideas:

  • Characters
    • Bod, Silas, The Ownens, Lisa, Thackeray,
    • Nick Farthing and Maureen Quillings
    • Bullies and The Bullied
    • Teachers, Policemen and the Honor Guard
    • Dreams and peace
    • Violence and control
  • School – Things That happen at school
  • Books – Robinson Crusoe, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Season – Winter
  • Specials Skills – Predatory and Prey, Tit for Tat, Blackmail, Recording and Tracking 
  • Mission – Playing the game, playing the players, safety
  • Items – pocket money, pencil as a weapon, CD, databases, computer, telecommunications
  • Special Privileges – to read, to write, to flip the tables

Chapter 7 – Every Man Jack

Interesting Ideas:

  • Characters
    • A little bit of everyone
    • Bod (14), Silas, The Ownens, Lisa, Thackeray,
    • The Honor Guard and the Jacks
    • Good Vs. Evil
    • Scarlett (15)
    • The Dorians (Bod’s family of 3?)
  • Graveyard – For and against
  • Library – Newspaper articles before the internet
  • Bod’s House – attic, the doors
  • Specials Skills – Predatory and Prey (2), Seek and Find
  • Mission – Full Circles, Being who you need to be
  • Items – weapons, traps, 
  • Special Privileges – Dream walking, Freedom of the Graveyard

Chapter 8 – Leaving and Partings

Interesting Ideas:

  • Characters
    • Bod, Silas, The Ownens, Lisa, 
    • Garcia Jones (World Traveller), Mrs. Slaughter
  • Graveyard – a locked-up graveyard and an open gate out
  • Specials Skills – Saying Goodbye, Be like Dad
  • Experience – Growing up, kiss a lover, dance a measure, find your name, buried treasure 
  • Items – enough money, roads and paths, passport
  • Mission – Face life with its pain and pleasure with open eyes and open heart