How do you catch up on a lifetime of experiences? How do you find the truth when all you’ve ever known is lies?
I lived in a cage for 17 years. I was isolated from the real world and bought into the fantasy that life follows a certain formula. I thought I was right and everyone else was going to hell because that’s what I was taught. When I was exposed to reality for the first time, it was like culture shock. Everything I had been taught for years crumbled to the ground and I had to start over. There was so much I didn’t know that I started pretending I knew what people were talking about. The more I learned, the more confused I became.
This is why I haven’t been writing lately. There’s so much I still have to learn that I don’t even know where to start. I was raised in a very conservative Christian environment where I was sheltered from almost everything except Christianity. When I first started talking to people outside my environment I barely knew about anything fantasy, yet I was trying to write it. So I’m taking a little time to get caught up on fantasy lore and other things before I start writing fantasy again because I want my story to be the best it can be. I don’t want to write about what I don’t know.
I’m making a lot of progress, and one thing I’ve really gotten into is World of Warcraft (which by the way is AWESOME and not at all the “boys only” game I once thought). If you need a crash course on all things fantasy, that’s the game/story to get into. Plus it’s just plain fun. And there’s a new expansion coming out. It’s called “Mists of Pandaria.” Check it out.
So yeah, I’ve been away playing games and reading so my novel will be kick-arse when I come back. I’m getting a lot of ideas and the break has been quite refreshing. I have also discovered my other calling through this down time, and that is photography. I’m good at it and I love doing it, which is always the perfect combination.
This is probably the most honest post I’ve ever written, and I feel that was necessary. Thanks for sticking with me! More to come soon!