It's been a few months since I last touched a piece of fiction writing and, I gotta say, I miss it.
Feels like an age between.
For a while now I've been talking to a close friend about getting back into a writing groove.
And while I have always enjoyed writing in some form: creating fantasy settings and sometimes whole worlds for my gaming groups, writing for myself, crafting stories... I never did break out beyond a very intimate space.
Well, that's not true, but it certainly feels true at times. I took a creative writing class in college and considered applying to the program where Sena Jeter Naslund teaches but that was a lifetime ago.
Transporting myself into the worlds I created for my gaming groups has been one of the most creative moments in my life. At times it was spontaneous. Other times I let the players shape the story. I'd create NPCs that they could interact with and challenge. Sometimes the players surprised me and offed the guy that should have been around for a little while longer but wasn't because I role-played him with just a little bit too much bravado. Silly me. Made for some interesting on-the-fly plot rewrites.
Still, they were some great times. I have all the maps, notes and monster sheets collected in binders somewhere, and after recently getting in touch with some of the gaming group again realized that I wasn't the only one holding onto those memories. Some of my high school friends still have those character sheets tucked away in a drawer where a quick pull could release nostalgia into the room when called upon.
Indeed, those sessions were magical times.
With some free time suddenly in my lap I'm devoting some of those hours to crafting stories again and submitting them to the Kindle market. Check back when you can. Hope to hear from you. (: