A couple years ago I had a good friend and writing buddy suggest a podcast to me. Now, I have never listened to a podcast before, and really, I’m bad at keeping an eye on anything that is offered at a consistent basis. I tend to get a bug about something, watch/listen/research what I’m interested in immediately and then never think of it again.
But I gave this a shot, I was also poked at consistently to start listening to the podcast, so I gave into peer pressure. I must say it is the single most useful resource I have come across in my writing career. My only wish is that there was more.
I have forever been in awe of Japanese culture, writings, art and folklore. One of my favorites being the Kitsune.
Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore. They are a type of yokai, or spiritual entity, and the word kitsune is often translated as fox spirit.
Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others—as foxes in folklore often do.
The more tails a kitsune has—they may have as many as nine—the older, wiser, and more powerful it is.Some folktales say that a fox will only grow additional tails after it has lived 100 years. When a kitsune gains its ninth tail, its fur becomes white or gold.
The events that played on the monitors were numerous. Some… good deeds. Some… definitely not so good. And a few had Rommy wondering what had become of humans throughout the years. But, with his plain black coffee mug set in its normal spot, the man leaned back in the reclining chair, ready to start his evening of ‘people watching’.
His job was to spot anything out of the norm and warn those who would take care of it. A duty suited for a security guard getting up in his years. The younger guards could have dirty work. He had paid his dues after thirty-two years, his special order chair had been ‘earned’.
Now his working evenings were spent in front of three monitors, watching the events on each as if they were his own TV channels.
“Fanfiction (also abbreviated to fanfic) is fiction about characters or settings from an original work of fiction, created by fans of that work rather than by its creator. It is a popular form of fan labor, particularly since the advent of the internet.”
The best authors I know, admit they started writing in fanfiction. As much as some see it as some sort of taboo. Perhaps worried about not looking professional if they so much as hint it.
Every writers story begins with them telling their audience HOW they started writing. Oh, they were young! They have been writing for as long as they can remember! So much social time was given up in order to find a comfy corner and get down on paper what was swirling in their head.
My start was the same as the rest. Many hours, online groups, and never paying attention in classes. I think we all look back and see ourselves starting our writing adventure this way. We also look back and wish for the time that once was… We had so much more time to write back then.
I don’t write because I WANT to… I write because I HAVE to…