#SOL18 – WIP Chapter 1

Hi! I’m Jack. And I’m invisible. Of course, I know that I am not literally invisible. But basically, my whole life is an exercise in proving to me that I am the least seen and most likely to be ignored person ever to walk the earth.

Don’t believe me? Just wait.

About me. I’m the middle child in my family. Good start to proving my argument, huh?

My older brother Jacob is a genius. Or just about. He’s in ninth grade and taking AP Calculus. I don’t exactly know what that means, but when my mom tells somebody about it, they always react the same way:



“That’s remarkable!”

Then they turn to look at me and ask if I like math so much. Math is okay, but I am not great at it. It takes me work to learn it, whereas it seems to come so easily to my brother.

Did you know that he took the SAT in eighth grade and scored a 790 on the math section? He actually knows what problems he got wrong because his calculator was in radian mode, instead of degrees mode.

What? Are these words even in English?

It’s easy to see how I could get lost in such a huge shadow, right?

But if you don’t believe me yet, just hold on…

17 thoughts on “#SOL18 – WIP Chapter 1

  1. OK. You’ve got me hooked. Now I am waiting for more. I think many of us feel invisible at some point until someone acknowledges us for something we do that we don’t consider special. Then things change. I am wondering if this will happen to Jack.

  2. @aileenhower – Hi Dr. Hower – I took your Summer Institute course at Penn State York two summers ago and fell in love with the concept of blogging when I did so! Anyway, I was super intrigued by your first “slice” – am I correct to assume that you are using this challenge to pen a novella or novel?

      1. Well, I already read your 2nd slice. I feel like you grab the reader’s attention just enough to make him or her come back for more – I did! 🙂

        Great to reconnect with you, too!

  3. I’m looking forward to hearing more about this invisible boy. As a mother of three I try to be conscious of the middle child syndrome and the inevitable comparisons between them.

  4. Dr. Hower,

    Jack makes me very, very curious about how else he’ll be responding to Jacob — and what’s to come from this brother-relationship.

    Thank you so much for your inspiration!! What a fun Slice, I never thought about WIPing during the challenge — thank you for giving me permission!

    Jack will soon meet.. I still need a name for my character, but he’s going live tonight!

    Dr. Hower, thank you, thank you, thank you. So glad I came across you!

  5. As I said, I am back to read your Chapter 1 Slice. I hope you are basing some of the characters’ thoughts and actions on real life. Your chapter 1 definitely is a teaser leaving your readers asking for more. Good luck, Aileen.

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