I am a retired, 63 year old lawyer. I have put away all the left brain logic of that profession to give my right brain free access to me and the world at large. It is as if I have reopened the world of wonder that exists in the mind of all children, but most especially in those who are loved and safe in the arms of warm and welcoming family. I have found the company of a riotous bunch of characters who want to tell me stories of magic and marvels, adventures and discoveries, and all of the lovely and scary things that go into a fantasy world. They jostle and yell out, hoping I will pick them to be my companions for awhile. Sometimes, one will get my attention when my mind wanders a little from the story I am writing. I show that character to those in my current story and sometimes they welcome the newcomer in.
The one thing about my characters that I love is their genuine interest in each other. An occasional trouble will arise when one character or group of characters will monopolize my time to the exclusion of the others, preventing those with cogent comments to make on the work in progress a space for their input. But the difficulties of one day are gone the next, as if they have worked out a detente while I was sleeping. Sometimes, in my dreams, I can watch the process. Then again, sometimes, they go out of their way to give me the willies in my dreams. Their interest is a double-edged sword.
Having begun to write, I realized that my skills as an attorney did not suit me well for the life of a fantasist. One of the first stories I told orally raised the gentle comment that it sounded a little like a police report. The criticism was valid. I joined a free local writers workshop and began to learn more about this difficult thing we all think we can do, this writing. It has been an eye-opening experience. I have learned, my characters have learned, and we have put our learning to use, I hope both good and well, and I also hope that the tales we tell give some value in your eyes. It is a journey, not likely undertaken, but well begun. My fond wish is that you will join me and my characters as we spin our tales for you.