WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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can be cruel for dumb reasons. "Think about the worst thing kids could do in a situation and that's what they'll do," says Fleming. On the other hand, small gestures can become emotional safety nets. Lying in bed with model helicopters suspended overhead that his dad hung there before he left, Derek fantasizes they are flying missions together. In a special box, he keeps letters his Dad writes him while they are far apart, rereading them when he needs to hear his voice. "The middle school years, ages nine through twelve, are fascinating to me," says Fleming. "They have one foot in childhood, one in adult- hood, and don't yet want to grow up. They're in a weird place in- between, not quite a child but you still identify with what you used to love and those things create a war within. In that respect, even adults can read The Saturday Boy and relate to it because no one has not gone through that experience." Fleming attended The Fessenden School and Weston High School. He received a degree in English dramatic literature and theater from Wheaton College. After living in Natick, New York, and Atlanta, he and Kara returned to Weston where she is Assistant to the Town Manager. Weekday mornings, you can often find him writing on his laptop at the Weston Public Library. "I'm a townie," he says. "I tried to leave and keep coming back." After working in a number of fields, he's now a stay-at-home dad, which allows him to focus nearly full-time on writing. "I've been writ- ing since I was little," says Fleming, whose work includes short stories and poetry that sometimes skews towards older audiences. "It's what I've always done when I should be doing something else. When I have a breakthrough paragraph, finally getting the words right where they had been bugging me, it feels like a runner's high." Although largely self-trained as a writer, he has taken some pivotal classes. A correspondence course on writing for children, through the Long Ridge Writers Group in Connecticut, provided the kind of per- sonal attention that as a writer he welcomed. The Saturday Boy began as a homework assignment for the course. Some fiction writers start by developing a story outline; they know 166 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 books "it feels like a runner's high" "I've been writing since I was little. It's what I've always done when I should be doing something else." C O U R T E S Y O F D A V I D F L E M I N G 164-168_WWMb14_books_sat boy_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/25/14 12:13 PM Page 166

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