Happy Origins Blogfest Day. This holiday is second only to Groundhog Day in importance. Check out DL Hammons' bog, Cruising Altitude2.0, to learn who else is participating. You can read about how they all became superheroes.
My own story started when I was about 12 years old. (Insert "Wayne's World" flashback effect parody.)
The class had just read Bridge to Terabithia by Catherine Paterson, a novel used, pre-Harry Potter, to teach kids that their favorite characters can indeed die. We were to write a fantasy about our own secret place. I wrote about a mythical land whose portal was through the back of my closet. If I was ripping off C.S. Lewis's Narnia entryway, I can hardly be blamed. After all, Catherine Paterson had to have Terebinthia--one of Narnia's islands--in mind when she wrote her book.
My story was plotless, but contained scores of unicorns and rainbows. Thus, my career as an author began. At the end of the school year, we were to write our own obituary. (Teachers were allowed to be morbid in those days.) I described my life as a famous writer and the awards I received. Oddly, "The Stylish Blogger Award" wasn't among them.
Soon, hormones kicked in and my dreams of publication ended. I realized my writing sucked and my time was better spent taping Duran Duran posters to the walls.
I drew comic strips of my teenage daughter's adventures with Doctor Who and Sirius Black, and comics about Mad-Eye Moody's life story. Armed with the knowledge that my illustrations only had to be David Tennant-ish and Diagon Alley-ish, my confidence grew.
|My Early Attempts at Drawing Characters|
The stories became so involved, I expanded them, doing away with the pictures. So my career (used loosely) as a fanfiction writer began. I learned something about writing at this time and my skills improved... kind of.
When my husband suggested, not so delicately, that I write an original story that I could actually sell, with sassy defiance I said, "Fine. Maybe I will." I wrote Syzygy.
|Cover artwork by my niece, Jasmine.|
I learned loads about writing, including "Think a bit harder about your plot from the beginning to avoid the need for plot-hole spackling," and "If you listen to too many critiquers, you'll go bonkers trying to reconcile forty-two opposing opinions."
|Saint Justina with Unicorn|
I still have some pre-adolescence in me. My WIP, Twelve Keys, like my childhood story, contains a unicorn.