Monday, February 13, 2012

ORIGINS Blogfest 2012


When did your writing dreams begin?


Tell us for the Origins Blogfest . . . when did you first pick up that pen or sit in front of that keypad and begin to create a story, or a column, a poem, or a book?  (Not for school or because you had to, but because you wanted to write something down that was in your head)

When did I first start writing stories?

After reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit for the first time, I wanted to write like that, to weave a story thread like he did. This book introduced me to the fantasy genre. I breezed through the Lord of the Ring books that followed.  Reading fantasy led to reading science fiction, and there I decided to stay and see what I could create. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you can share one of your writing memories in the comments below.  I'll be sure to answer and check out your blog.
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The Origins Blogfest is brought to you by 4 co-host Bloggers: (you can sign up on these sites)

DL at Cruisin' Altitude
Alex at Alex J. Cavanaugh
Matt at The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiement
Katie at Creepy Query Girl 


Want to participate?

First, you need to sign up to participate via the handy dandy Linky tool at DL's site or any of the other host blogs above.   The Linky lists, details, and badges are found there. Have fun checking out the list!

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34 comments:

  1. I am very very ashamed to admit that I've never read the Lord of the Ring series. *blushes* I saw all the movies though! *ducks flying tomatoes*. But I do understand how one series can push us over the edge into creating our own. Thanks for sharing your origins!

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    1. It's an important read if you write fantasy, but only a classic to those who love the genre.

      I never worry about what I haven't read, it's what I have read that counts.

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  2. I bet Tolkien was a huge influence for a lot of writers. He certainly was for me!

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    1. I agree, Matt, I didn't want those books to end. I also wanted to illustrate them, but didn't. (I was in art school at the time.)

      Thanks for dropping by.
      I'm strolling the Origins list.

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  3. I'm with Matthew on Tolkien influencing lots of writers. Even though I don't think he influenced me directly, I do love LOTR and can't wait for The Hobbit movie!

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    1. Hi Juliana, I can't wait for that Hobbit movie either. Bilbo Baggins was anxious to see the world, not like timid Frodo.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I was an adult when I read The Hobbit, and that's only because I enjoyed The Lord of Rings movie. The only way I could follow The Hobbit, was because I had seen the movie. I couldn't pronounce any of their names, which made it difficult for me to understand the story. Yeah, high fantasy really isn't thing. Unpronounceable names are kind of mandatory. ;)

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    1. Well if the movies for LOTR made people get interested in fantasy, that's a good thing.

      Thanks for following!

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  5. I read a lot links of ORIGIN's to the Lord of the Rings today. That series shaped a great many lives. Wouldn't it be awesome to write something so impactful?

    Thank you for sharing today!

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    1. Yes it would, and I'd love to be that author who wrote it.

      I thought your origin story was priceless, hubby liked it too.

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  6. Very cool, D! I didn't have a book that inspired me so much as seeing my brother write and being like, "If he can do that, I can!" LOL! I was a little competitive as a child...

    But whatever it takes, right?

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    1. I was the oldest, so I thought I could do anything I set my mind to. (no big bro or sis to tell me otherwise)

      Thanks for stopping by, LTM.

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  7. To me all fiction is fantasy -- Any word that takes me somewhere else is my fantasy.

    I feel sci-fi is just a look ahead.

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    1. I like that - sci-fi being 'a look ahead'! You know, you have a point there about the fantasy too.

      Thanks for sharing those thoughts and for following.

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  8. I actually doubled-back on Tolkien a few years after discovering fantasy. We played a lot of AD&D in high school (yeah, I know, serious geek alert!), and I got into the genre through the Dragonlance novels.

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    1. Sometimes stories just hit a nerve or speak to us. When you create such unique worlds, your story can endure. Tolkien did that. Frank Herbert did that too with sci-fi.

      Thanks for stopping by and following, Bob.

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  9. short and sweet! great beginning!

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    1. Hi Tara, thanks for stopping by.

      Yes, I thought the origins bit was supposed to be short so we could read quickly and move on. (short fiction style) Hence, a brief summary. . .

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  10. Great to meet you on this blogfest.I love how you got started with The Hobbit. What a classic.

    your newest follower,
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Welcome and thanks for following Nutschell. I returned the follow on your blog. Nice to meet you.

      Liked that old typewriter photo on your Origins post!

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  11. I can see why you'd find LOTR inspiring. It's a beautifully written book.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Misha and for following. I've visited your blog as well.

      Good Luck with your writing (First Book). I love 'where I came from/how I got here' stories.

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  12. I would say The Hobbit was one of the books that cemented me as a lifelong epic fantasy reader. Thanks for sharing.

    Bornstoryteller #125 (sorry for coming late: been trying to read the blogs and have a life)

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    1. No problem, Stuart, and thanks for dropping by. I've been cruising some of the list as well.

      The day of the blogfest, some family commitments crowded my time, so I understand about life getting in the way. C'est la vie, though, what can one do?

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  13. Who wasn't inspired by LOTR? Incredible and so is the origin story of Tolkien himself.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Marsha.

      Tolkien changed how I looked at writing. I haven't read too much about his background. Now you've got me interested.

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  14. Hi D.G. Just wanted to let you know that I tagged you at my blog. :-)

    http://sylmion.blogspot.com/2012/02/ive-been-tagged.html

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    1. Thanks Misha, As soon as I saw this, I got started on the post. It still took me a while to come up with the names and questions.

      Great idea, though.

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  15. The Hobbit was probably the first adult book I ever read. Think I was 11 at the time. Thought it was wonderful!

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    1. That would be a great age to read the Hobbit. Gandalf was my favorite when I first read it. Looking forward to the movie.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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  16. Lord of The Rings definitely influenced my desire to write sci fi/fantasy. I also share Tolkien's fascination with languages.

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    1. That's interesting J., about the languages. The story captivated me, since my previous reading had been more non-fiction or literary. It wasn't a large book either.

      Nice to see you stopping by!

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    2. the hobbit! that's one i havent seen on this blog hop yet... and great book... i never read LOTR but i do remember getting through the hobbit pretty easily... looking forward to the movie!

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    3. Thanks for dropping by Jeremy.

      I'm just glad someone loaned me the book, fantasy was something I hadn't read much of before the Hobbit. I want to see the movie too.

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