Sunday, February 12, 2012
Anyway, it's time for the awesome Origins Blogfest Presented by D.L. Hammonds and co-sponsored byAlex J. Cavanaugh, Matthew MacNish and Katie Mills. Yay!!Now you get to find out just how this maniac crazy dream of being a writer came to me. It's all thanks to a British author and a third grade teacher.
Let's hop into Ye Olde Wayback Machine and part the foggy mists of Time. The year is 1981 and I have just discovered the wonderful world of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is perhaps the single most influential book on my writing career. I love the total escape into another world and all the fantastical creatures therein.
As I lost myself in Narnia, Calormene, Archenland and the other realms in the tales, I found myself dreaming up my own continuing adventures there. I also started thinking about creating my own kingdoms. It wasn't long before I wanted to show my stuff to my teacher, Mrs. Hall. She introduced me to Mr. Lewis after all. But, she was not the support I thought she'd be.
While Mrs. Hall certainly did not discourage me, she didn't encourage me, either. It was more of a polite "That's nice, dear" vague dismissal along with a "don't you realize how hard it is to be a writer?" I was heartbroken. Another teacher, who wasn't even mine, Mrs. Martello, saw me crying. I showed her my story and she asked me what was wrong. I blubbered out my tale, then she took my story and read it. Afterward,she said the magic words "Don't cry. I think this is a beautiful story. You can be a writer just like C.S. Lewis if you want to. Don't ever let anyone tell you different."
She was my favorite teacher from then on. To this day she is still teaching and encouraging kids. Mrs. Martello, you rock! It's thanks to her and a world called Narnia that I am writing today.
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