Like so many other stories, this one starts with a girl.
She dumped me... rightly so if memory serves. In response, I, being an entitled young artist who felt I was mistreated, decided to write a fantasy story about four erstwhile heroes on a journey to defeat an evil witch queen.
You'll never guess who I based the evil witch queen on....
It gets worse.
I read it aloud to my art class.... It was terrible. I was terrible.
Thankfully, I've come a long way since those teenage angsty days, apologized profusely to the girl who rightly dumped me, realized how ignorant and unaware of myself I was, and, I like to think, generally become a better person.
Also, four good things to came out of that fantasy story: those characters. They have been on a journey with me since then, growing, changing, and, I like to think, generally becoming better people. Weird how that works, isn't it? But I'm getting ahead of myself.
I have put them aside time and again. But they have always been there, hovering on the periphery of my thoughts, forming themselves into a story, epic in nature, fantastical in style, a story that has recently taken most of my focus and I hope will one day take much of yours.
Next week we will move to college where I did a lot of crazy stuff... also wrote some poems and quite a bit about a boy named Max.