I first thought about becoming a writer at the age of 10.
I had never been much of a reader before, but for my birthday that year I received as a gift the first Harry Potter novel. I was certainly one of those kids who was disinterested in whatever the latest pop culture trend was, and I was annoyingly opinionated, so for a while the book gathered dust on my shelf.
Then my annoying ass got grounded.
Whatever triggered the punishment is long forgotten and beside the point, but cooped up in my bedroom before the age of smartphones and wifi, I picked up a book that I never planned on reading.
Eighteen years later — really??? — my boyfriend likes to tell me my “nerd is showing” whenever the topic of Harry Potter comes up, but that’s only because I’ve read the books dozens of times and can tell you that the Ollivander family founded their wand shop in 382 B.C. But the truth is the series set the course for my life as a book-lover and, ultimately, as a writer.
As much as this pains me to admit, my first serious foray into writing was in the world of HP fanfiction. Those ancient chapters are long-forgotten on computers long-since replaced, but the hours I spent sequestered on my parents’ computer were not spent in vain. I’ve been writing in some capacity ever since — as an A+ English student, communications major, newspaper writer and, now, public relations professional. But only recently have I taken the time to evaluate if I’ve been using my talent and passion in the most constructive way possible.
Honestly, I haven’t written for myself in a while.
That’s what this blog is for: a place where I can write about the things that sway me, without formula or agenda; where I can look beyond press releases and “story buckets” and just explore, once more, the things I am passionate about.
It might be about my current training program (I’m a runner), a story or essay I’m working on, a book review or, even my definitive ranking of the best Harry Potter books from worst to best (future post?), but this will be a space where all the decisions are up to me.
Please, stick around.