I guess I should have realized writing was for me a while ago. At first I thought it was acting but looking back (ahh hindsight..) nope definitely writing. I’ve always had a really over the top imagination. Not that many people realized (till now! *mwahahaha*). It began with an imaginary friend – as they do. My friend was called Tina and she was a dog and I carried her everywhere. My nana still recalls the time she sat down on the couch and I burst into tears, sobbing that she’d sat on Tina (Dad rescued Tina and puffed her back into shape *grin*). This is very likely due to the fact that my nana bred fox terriers when I was young (and yes that’s me as a littley surrounded by them) and I was obsessed with them. My first ‘stories’ were about the puppies (and by stories I mean one line that the teacher forced out of me) accompanied with adorable hand drawn pictures *grin*
The next ‘inspiring’ moment for me was when I discovered the library at school. I’ve never been the popular girl and as a 5yr old would often go hide out in the library at lunchtimes. It was cosy and dark with piles of cushions. I actually couldn’t read very well at all (something my parents didn’t discover till I was 7 at which point they quickly rectified it) so I used to drag out all the books with pictures that interested me. Not the Clifford books like you might expect (though I did love him) no I stumbled across the non fiction section that included Dinosaurs and Mythical Creatures. It was in the darkest corner in the library where I felt ‘safest’. I’d drag out book after book staring fascinated at these phenomenal looking creatures. When I was finally able to read them it was so exciting (and also explains how I went from not reading at 7 to reading at a 15yr olds level by 11 *grin*).
From them on Dinosaurs would remain a solid favourite in my life and my imagination exploded. From believing Moreporks (NZ’s Owl) were Toucans with sharp teeth to discovering a balaclava in Dad’s drawers and thinking it must mean he was a robber (while in actuality it was used when tramping through snow covered mountains ; p). Then there was the times I would daydream away assembly’s, religion class etc by imagining hugely exciting adventures in which I was the heroine *grin* oh yes, visions of grandeur indeed! So really it seems kind of silly that I waited this long to coax all this insane creative energy into ideas on paper.
What ‘crazy’ ideas did you have as a kid? We all have numerous ones (oooh I could go on *grin*) so what was a favourite of yours?
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