|"Education is simply the soul of a
as it passes from one generation to another."
Well, it's back to school season! Despite my having
graduated several years ago, I still have to suppress the urge
to go out and buy myself coordinated folders and a Trapper
Keeper (is that still a thing?). So I thought it would be
better to direct those energies into a school-themed
School-Themed Dyeland Tropes
School- I wasn't familiar with this term but it's exactly
what the Tunnel school is. Vincent leads up a school that
runs the gamut from pre-K to high school.
School- Ivy and JenniAnn both graduated from the
girls-only Our Lady of Hope High.
Alpha Bleep- ;-) Pretty sure I've used the B-word in
a story but in case not... we'll go with bleep. Bennie and
Alyssa are this for JenniAnn and Ivy respectively. While
Bennie largely worked alone, Alyssa had a Girl
Posse in Mariah and Caitlin. This is explored in the
Lunch Alone- So there are gonna be a lot of tropes from
"Ivy"! Anyway, Ivy was doing this... sneaking into
Andrew's classroom... rather than suffer through lunch near her
bullies. Thankfully, Andrew and Co. eventually found out
and started dining with her.
School Sweethearts- Carrie and Kevin Hunter from (you
guessed it) "Ivy" are this. Brittony and Galen Sr. first
got together during their HS years. Ivy and Sy, while not
attending the same high school, started dating while HS
students. And while we haven't heard from them in a good
long while, Amy and Hareton from "The
Scientist" are still together. I think it's fairly
safe to assume that some of the little Friends will form these
long-lasting bonds, too.
Romance- Carrie Hunter at first thought that Andrew and
JenniAnn were this. She knew that Andrew was a teacher and
that he was the same man she sometimes saw pick seventeen year
old JenniAnn up for school. What she didn't know was that
Andrew was only acting as a teacher for his assignment with Ivy,
is an angel, and was definitely not romantically involved with a
young JenniAnn... even if they are acting cutesy and have kids
in the present day. If you're thinking of Asterian Academy
(formerly Androoler U), it's probably a fair bet to assume some
"teachers" are dating or married to their "students" just
because that's more of a community center/hobby sort of thing
for adults. So definitely not squicky.
Play- This figures into both "Ivy" and "The
Scientist." The latter is so by-the-trope that it even
goes with Romeo and Juliet. The show in "Ivy" was
really more of a musical revue.
are Useless- Sadly, this trope title basically sums up
Emma's high school years. She was failed by a family
friend who abused her, a mother who turned a blind eye, a
principal who couldn't be bothered, and assumedly a priest who
just sat by while his parish turned on an abuse victim.
Chekhov's Skill- A lot of these came into play during "The
Carpenter." JenniAnn's make-up skills, Kemara's
expertise in page layout, Max's singing ability, and more were
either only briefly hinted at or referenced for the first time
when all of the above was needed to mount a production of Jesus
Teacher- Okay, so maybe he doesn't do anything as flashy
as stand on desks or form his students into a rockin' band but
Vincent is darn cool. It says a lot about a teacher when
his former students come back to teach with him. These
days, he's also extremely good at multi-tasking since he
teaches, parents, and grandparents all at once. I'd also
say Andrew was pretty cool in "Ivy." Shane sounds pretty
cool, too, with his Reading Chair. Both Vincent and Andrew
tend to fall into Psychologist
Teacher mode, as well.
Teacher- Andrew. Definitely Andrew.
So when looking over past school-themed issues, I noticed a
TBAA-themed alphabet in JABB
254, Opt2. I thought it was high time that Dyeland
had one, too. In fact, this might be fun to revisit
annually. For now...
ABCs of the Dyeland Stories
- A is still for Andrew whose adventures
with the Friends I hope can continue for years to come.
- B is for Behnam who proves that a bit
character last mentioned years ago can totally resurface
as a regular.
- C is for Chava who is a character I really
loved and am sorry I can't have pop up all the time.
- D is for Danika, my dog, who doesn't
understand that barking loudly at the neighbor's cat can
really distract Mommy when she's trying to write.
- E is for Eben who is no longer a total
loser and who I hope to bring back sometime.
- F is for flannel shifts which Andrew will
continue to be wearing in my stories because... so lovely.
- G is for God the Father whose only
begotten Son is now one of the male leads in Dyeland
stories because He is super fun to write about.
- H is for hair... Andrew's, Joshua's,
Adam's... I don't care. It's all awesome and
beautiful and fun to write about playing with.
- I is for Isra who would have had her baby
by now if only I could finish this story...
- J is for John, both John Dye who continues
to inspire us and for John the Baptist who is way more fun
to write about than I imagined.
- K is for Kemara whose character I actually
didn't create and get to enjoy as a reader first.
Yay! Thanks Kim.
- L is for Liam who is super adorable and is
at least partly responsible for me starting to accept the
- M is for Maryam who would really prefer
you not think of her husband as some old dude.
- N is for nicknames of which the Dyelanders
and Friends have so many.
- O is for Orville Owen Olsen whose artwork
I really wish I had because God knows we need more
realistic images of Jesus of Nazareth.
- P is for Peter who I may or may not have a
lil bit of a crush on.
- Q is for quitting which I refuse to do
even though I'm months behind on this trafficking story...
- R is for red velvet cake which Andrew and
Co. adore and I wish I had some right now.
- S is for Sy who, along with Ivy, make a
super adorable couple and I'm excited to see them into
- T is for turkeys which are an important
part of Dyeland's ever-growing menagerie.
- U is for useful which the Encyclopedia is
because I'm using it right now to write this. Note
to self: I have no characters with U names.
- V is for Vincent who I have loved since I
was little and wish really was my godfather but at least I
get to pretend he is via JenniAnn.
- W is for will... free will to be exact...
without which neither the TBAA episodes not the Dyeland
stories would work.
- X is for xenophobia which the Friends have
no time nor patience for.
- Y is for Yeshua who is beyond words and
I'm super glad he's part of the Dyeland stories.
- Z is for Zelda whose Encyclopedia entry,
long neglected, will soon be put to use again...
newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for helping to get me
through both high school and college and even a bit of
junior high. My teenage drama woulda been way more
fraught without my Andrew fix!
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