When I was growing up I didn't realize it. It was something I grew up in, like a fish in a fish tank. I lived in other worlds, played the part of different characters, and imagined stories in passersby as a way to amuse myself while the world rolled on and on around me. I was blind to it, it was normal, and there was nothing special about it. This had to change though, and it happened one day very suddenly and I was ripped out of the comfort of my fish tank and shown the world I live in. This specific event was none other than the reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It was in third grade that my teacher read this book to the class, and it was in the middle of our Welcome Back Bilbo party, watching the animated movie and drinking lukewarm cups of hot chocolate and marshmallows, that I confronted my teacher for more books like The Hobbit. My hunger was insatiable, even when my teacher informed me of a continuing trilogy and warned me of its advanced nature, and I pursued The Lord of the Rings with such dedication and passion that I ended up reading the entire trilogy, including its prequel, eight times between the third and the sixth grade. I was inspired, moved, absolutely changed as an individual. I got to thinking one day in sixth grade after the eighth reading of my favorite trilogy, my pencil hand twitching over a piece of binder paper, and I thought, if I can be changed in such a way by something as simple as a book, moved to tears, anger, and taught lessons about things as grand as hope and failure and as meaningful as friendship and other life lessons, I could, potentially, change people too, just as I had been changed. I could, just by writing stories, change the world. Then I knew: I was a storyteller, and there was nothing to do but embrace it. From the moment I was dropped gasping and fish-eyed back into my tank, thrown back into reality as I once knew it, I understood what I had to do from then on. I had to tell stories. In some way or another, I had to get it done, and get it done I will. I was born a storyteller.
I set out to create stories, spinning them whenever I could and gathering up fodder to rip up and use as tinder for the fires of my own imagination. I devoured every book in my possession within the span of a few days and pestered adults for the stories they had to tell. If it wasn't for the introduction of NaNoWriMo, I might have stayed a dabbler, halfheartedly scribbling down ideas in the margins of my class notes. I might have never pushed beyond penciled on pieces of binder paper, shamefully shoved into the shallow depths of my drawers. I might have never heard the tiny insubstantial voice of a character, insisting from within me, beyond me, to bring them to some semblance of living. It was thanks to a competitive invite to NaNoWriMo 2006 from one of my old friends that I took the leap and drowned in the ensuing world of creative energy that would soon become something akin to the pink glassy fluid that enabled Bud to live and sink to the depths in The Abyss.
That's when it really started. Since 2006, I've been working on one main story in the midst of many other ones not as big as the behemoth that's feasting off the bulk of my creative energy. It's a story about never giving up, about fighting for yourself against yourself, and about growing from your mistakes instead of repeating them. It's the story of a young man named Ayuhan Ethereal who's mysteriously trapped in a book, tethered by the invisible bonds of unknown rules to a never ending cycle in which he is forced to fight against an enemy he cannot defeat.
This year, 2011, I hope to finally write the last part of my 6 part NaNoWriMo Project and get it out there to the world where it can hopefully make it a better place.
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- Storytelling, Drawing, Art of all kinds, Reading, Music, Costumes, and Hiking
- Favorite noveling music:
- Eric Whitacre, Beethoven, Thomas Newman, Clint Mansell, BT, Olafur Arnalds, Mono, This Will Destroy You, Hans Zimmer, Fleet Foxes, Javier Navarette, Coldplay, Fantasia, Game Soundtracks (Ico, SotC, Journey, Assassin's Creed), 80s music (Peter Gabriel, Sting, Phil Collins, Genesis), JPOP, KPOP, Trance, Dubstep, Bagpipes, Imogen Heap, Gotye, Soundscrapes, Musicals, Operas...
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- Favorite books or authors:
- House of Leaves, The Name of the Wind, LOTR, Into Thin Air, Good Omens, Paradise Lost, Howl's Moving Castle, Elfsong | Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, R.A Salvatore, Elaine Cunningham, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Z. Danielewski, Susanna Clarke, Christopher Priest, Patrick Rothfuss, John Milton, Jon Krakauer, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Giorgio Vesari