This entry, I thought I'd try something a little different. There are many people outside Biro Productions who deserve a place in this blog, for helping out with our research, giving us good ideas and critiquing what we produce. However the subject of the following 'quotograms' is in a different category. She has experience as a writer, currently doing NaNoWriMo, but she hasn't written for us before.
I'd like to dedicate this entry to Ashley House, an extraordinary girl without whom this blog might not have continued to exist.
"It was the beginning of my freshman year and I was so excited to meet new people. I was really nervous, because it was already the end of first period and I hadn't made any friends yet. Next hour is Spanish, I'm so anxious because it's the start of learning a new language. I'm so afraid of what the teacher will be like and how the class will be, until I step inside the classroom and see this girl... I have no idea who she is. She wasn't in this school before, so I've never seen her. She wasn't like any of the freshmen either; she was taller, and much more mature looking. It took me days to work up the courage to talk to her, but I finally did. I asked her about the homework, and it looked like she was annoyed at first, but she helped me out. Afterward, I said I had liked her T-shirt, and she smiled the most beautiful smile at me. She complimented mine back, and ever since then we talked about things we agree with, disagree with, and the like. This girl is Ashley House, and we have been friends ever since."
"What is there to say? She's fabulous and kind and entirely too hard on herself. She's been my closest friend for six years, and practically lived with me for two of those. She's wonderful and hilarious and accident-prone, and I love her."
François Lefuret: (who wasn't asked to contribute, but thanks anyway)
"J'adore Auntie Ashley! Dook dook!"
"Ashley has become one of my closest friends and she's helped me through some very rough patches. I've definitely changed in that time; I now consider myself a more open and emotional person than I was before we met. Life launches its trials at us, but we're always there for each other. I couldn't ask any more from this sweet young lady.
We all have darkness in our past and Ashley hasn't had a particularly healthy upbringing. But something she's taught me (without knowing it) is that you can't get anywhere by trapping yourself in that past. I think all she needs to do is look forward, because I see a very bright future indeed. I hope I'll be here to see it unfold. Thanks for everything, Mousely!"
Gabrielle and Eva are honorary contributors to the Biro Productions Development Diary. François recently celebrated his first birthday as a resident of New Zealand and has been promoted to Assistant Sub-Editor.