Friday, July 04, 2008


So what is this really? My friend Maria Zannini has challenged me to tell my story and I'm not quite sure what to say. I mean, I've always been a writer, from the first words I learned to shape with the pencil clutched awkwardly in my chubby little palm.

All right, realistically, I wasn't "a writer" when I was four, but the seed was there already, and instead of having my parents read me books at night before bed, I'd already been making my own tales up in my head and telling my parents bedtime stories instead of the other way around.

But I guess my first real writer story is from grade 10 English class. I wrote this short piece called "Martians in the Kitchen", which was really about an fm radio that turns on all by itself every day just in time for one of those old school serial radio shows a la "War of the Worlds". Really, the radio is possessed with the spirit of a young girl's high school sweetheart, a jealous dead boyfriend who doesn't like that Charlene has gotten herself a new guy. Needless to say I was a HUGE reader of Stephen King, and horror ensues in bloody, graphic detail for the rest of the story.

I won a contest with that one.

Now I'm challenging everyone else to tell me their writer stories, and if you're not a writer, tell me the story of how you came to do the thing that you love doing best (I know what you're thinking, and no sex stories)


Amy Ruttan said...

I'm the same way. Imaginative stories in my head since I was young, my Michael Jackson doll always featured as the bad guys when I played Barbies. Okay, I guess that's why I am trying to redeem him now by taking him on trips.

But my first real story, probably in Grade 7. Moved to a new school, I was shy and awkward and the kids were all crazy and mean. I started writing this story ala Princess Bride, only my heroine was in essence Cary Elwes character, she was trying to save her mother. In actuality she was also Domingo Montoya's character and Buttercup. She was a trifecta. Of course there was a romance.

Then I moved on to writing some regencies in highschool. Exotic set regencies.

I also wrote a humorous Clue esque type of radio show for Writer's Craft class.

I did most of the accent and had every one rolling in the aisles. I still remember my friend Andrew convulsing in laughter.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

J.K. Coi said...

That's a great story Amy! I loved Princess Bride when I was in school, and I'll still watch it every time it comes on the tube now. I'm not the pirate romance queen anymore--but back in high school when Cary Elwes' character was on perma-pause in my VCR, I could have given you a run for your money!

J.K. Coi said...

OH and that Clue movie, with the three different endings! OMG I loved that. It was so funny!

Amy Ruttan said...

I know, I have that Clue movie. I love Tim Curry he's so cool.

Maria Zannini said...

>>about an fm radio that turns on all by itself

I loved this. I had a tv that turned on by itself. Freaked me out until I figured out there was a short in the wires. My poor simian brain was thinking way beyond that. LOL!

Glad you told this story!

Mari Carr said...

I love the sound of your first story--hmm....plot for a future book? I'd read it! Thanks for sharing.