Another Vignette: Parker (Age 13)

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This is another scene from one of my manuscripts, the project is a epistolary novel made up of emails exchanged between Libby, a college dropout, and a 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s named Parker (for a scene focusing on Libby, click here.) I myself have Asperger’s and I put some of my own experiences into the character.

First Parker Vignette here


I don’t care about you talking about autism. It kind of makes me think about it differently, which I sorta like(?) I’ve actually never watched ‘Rain Man.’ I don’t think it would be my kind of movie. I don’t like sad ‘relationship’-type movies much and I hate movies about autism. Watching them is just weird. I like watching the TV show ‘Big Bang Theory’ and that’s about it.

Even though I don’t like dramas that much (Mom made me watch one about the Civil War once & I was just about bored to death, there weren’t even any fighting scenes) I really like movies. I was excited when you said you went to filmmaking school b/c I think that’s what I want to do too! I want to make action movies w/ a happy ending but lots of suspense too. I would especially like to make fantasy and science fiction films but I think you need millions of dollars to do that. Lately I’ve been trying to figure out ‘how do you make a low-budget movie that’s not boring?’

I mean, not all talking and shaky camera like the guy holding it is on drugs. ‘The Blair Witch Project’ was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. ‘Clerks’ was a little bit better. I think my mom was shocked at all the cursing b/c she wanted to turn it off and send back right away. I want to make a low-budget movie w/ action and fights that seem real. And if there’s any blood I don’t want it to look like somebody’s just spraying ketchup all over the place. The funny thing is that even though I haven’t figured the story out yet I think about my movie while I’m going to sleep a lot (can I call it ‘my movie’ when it doesn’t exist yet? ha-ha.)

Sometimes I have dreams I’m making a movie or the whole world is a big movie and I’ve got a couple of scenes. I like the dreams where I’m making the movies. I feel powerful holding a video camera around and telling people what to do, it makes me feel like I never want to go w/o a video camera again. Btw I have a cheap one that belongs to my uncle and I like to make videos at home and walking around the yard. But of course the stupid adults in charge at MY SCHOOL told my parents I have to leave it home.

I promised not to film any girls if it made them feel uncomfortable but the people in charge said that wasn’t the point and they were sorry, but it was just against the rules. If they made an exception for me, they would have to make an exception for everybody. I told them Brandon Coulter took a picture of his private parts in the boys bathroom and sent it to his girlfriend, which I knew for a fact b/c he told every single boy in the 9th grade. They said thanks for letting them know but that didn’t really have anything to do w/ what they were talking about. I wish I hadn’t told them b/c several days later Brandon shoved me and called me a snitch.

Then he knocked my stuff out of my hands and made me pick it up myself. At first I didn’t know what he was talking about but then I remembered the photo. I hope his girlfriend breaks up w/ him. She’s pretty but she’s dated almost all the boys in our grade and he’s one of the last ones. Somebody said I would be next but I’m pretty sure they were joking b/c they were laughing like crazy when they said it. Did I mention that I hate school? And everybody there wants to make sure I hate it at much as possible.

If I could sneak a camera in there I would make a documentary about how absolutely horrible the whole place is and get it shut down. The teachers wouldn’t be so smug when they had to work at a fast food place. I would love driving by and buying burgers all the time though 😉 I would like to get rich making movies of course (who wouldn’t?) but to me that isn’t the best thing about it.

I really want people to see things that come from my head so they won’t just be thoughts that I’ll forget right after I have them. They’ll be things that people can see and have opinions on. People can still see things that happened in my head after I die! I think that would be really cool, even if I don’t make as much money as Steven Spielberg or the guy who made the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies.

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