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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Not-So Early Writing Dreams

©ondescendingly drawn by artist B.C. Matthews
My earliest writing dreams, actually weren't writing dreams. As a young tween, I dreamed of joining a band, becoming a rock star, or later in my teens, of joining a symphony. I've even seen one of my early childhood drawings of a stage, a crowd of people, and a very awesome stick figure squeedly-meedly-squeeeeeeeeing on a guitar. You know for a five-year-old's drawing the stage was oddly complete—I'd even drawn amps, stage lights, cords, and a full drum set. Rock on, sista', we be jammin' 'til they kick us off stage. In sixth grade my list of life goals included: naming a new dinosaur find (by me, ever the clever paleontologist), and rockin' out in a band. Writing wasn't even on the horizon.

Instead, writing was something I did for fun, mostly as swapped stories between me and my younger sister. In fact, I'd always pictured her as the writer, as I always figured her stories were more interesting than mine. It wasn't until sixth grade, during my C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, Piers Anthony reading phases where I thought I could write something similar, something mega-awesome, something to equal all of the stories I loved reading—but with more awesomeness.  My first "I'ma write me a book" attempt combined mythological creatures, time travel, an evil shapeshifter dragon, a brother-and-sister duo, a missing parent, aaaand this weird mixture of science and magic. Hey, I figured I'd just throw together all of my favorite elements and voila! instant novel.

It wasn't until I was older that this storytelling thing seemed to hold some sort of fascination for me. Then by the time I was in high school, pretending to be all cool and friggin' uncaring about anything that interested me, I turned to writing more often. Probably teen angst fuelled writing, but also a greater understanding of the kind of stories I loved. I wanted to tell those stories. The space cowboy with the laser guns that go peeew peeew. The angsty immortal with a heart of not-quite-gold.  The magic, the science, the magic-science, the science-magic.  

It wasn't until then that I figured maybe I'd want someone else to read these weird tales of mine. Now, for some reason I keep insisting that yes, someone does want to read these mental burps of mine. 

This topic brought to by the hard-core writer's band Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour. Every month you get to read topics from writers all across the world who are turning it up to 11. Check out the next writer on the Tour, our drummer for the gig: Sue Santore. Hurry before our next writer/drummer spontaneously combusts!

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At July 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM , OpenID danthonybrown.me said...

I still have fantasies of playing bass in a rock band, even though a) I play acoustic instruments and b) I've never played a bass that was hooked up to an amp.

 
At July 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM , Blogger B.C. Matthews said...

There's nothing wrong with acoustic instruments!

Hey, I'll finish setting up my old drum set, and we can jam sometime. ;)

 

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