Writing came as a surprise to me. I never really thought of myself as the creative type. I loved to read, more than was healthy, but writing was a leap. I only tried it, as a whim, something to distract myself from my studies.
That first time, I broke out in a cold sweat, my hands were shaking and I felt an electric shock run through my body.
It wasn’t an epiphany. I wasn’t writing anything worthy of public (or private) viewing. It was the intense feeling of complete and utter exposure. I was putting intimate thoughts into black and white for everyone to see how my brain worked. MRIs were less exposing.
But I kept it up, I wrote pages and pages that I still have today (just to marvel at). And one day, it just became a habit to write, to think about writing.
Still, if anyone had told me then that I would be putting my work out there for people other than immediate family (who are required to be nice, I know where they live) to see, I would’ve thought they were crazy. Just goes to show, doesn’t it?
I created this blog to feature writing from my YA novel series: The Onmyouji Chronicles. Having been heavily influenced by anime and manga, I’ve always been fascinated with how much Japanese folklore plays a part in stories and how many different versions there are out there. It just shows how active the human imagination can be, no matter the time or the place.