Chapter 10 was designed as a “donut break” as the title of the chapter implies. While the Western arch was designed to give readers a taste of what the adventures what Kalwa’s adventures would be like, this chapter was meant to fill in some much needed explanations, namely on how the phone works. One such question that had been asked very early on was language and how Kalwa is able to communicate with people she’s traveled with. Little did readers know that this question had an answer from the very beginning of writing, and we were just waiting for the right moment to answer it.
Other elements worth noting in this chapter is the locations and layouts. Kalwa’s house is actually based off the townhouse that one of my high school friends stayed in (albeit many differences). I almost feel very limited in this regard as I have not stepped foot in very many town houses or apartments, so every time I think of layout all I can imagine is this one single house, so I try my best to take that concept and then add some original touches to it. The Supermarket meanwhile was based on a Dunkin Donuts in the town I grew up in, though most everyone there did speak english properly.
Chapter 10 also served as the start of Kalwa’s “tense” relationship with her mother. Initially when the story was being written this story line was not in the original plan, however I felt it would ultimately give Kalwa some flaws and a bit of realism to have a bit of tension with her mother. This particular plot line was actually drawn from my own mother who actually had tension with and occasional arguments with her mom. I personally believe in most teenagers, tension seems to be great in the parent of the same gender as my own teenage years had a bit of the same backstory. As time went on this tension actually developed into an entire plot line with the mother in many ways acting as Kalwa’s personal own antagonist, biting down on limiting her activities. This plot line has since played out and has underlined many of the more recent chapters.
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