by Tara C MacDonald
The topic of love exists through Romance Writers of America, RomCon, Romantic Times... but where did it start for me? In a library.
When I was thirteen I used to grab a notebook from my bookbag and after eating my sandwich I would scurry into the library. At this school I would use the library as my safe haven. I really didn't like the class I was with and found them to be bullies so the library was safe. Safe to create an entire world based on my love of the Elfquest comic book.
Elfquest, created by Wendy and Richard Pini, is a comic about a world where elves and wolves lived as a tribe. You can find them online athttp://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics3.html
This world had humans that were neolithic and not friendly to elves. It was a world of two moons. There was danger all the time from lack of food, impossible environmental changes and then the inside political movements to rid the tribe of its Chief Cutter. Cutter had a dream. This involved leading his tribe wolves n' all across their world. If he hadn't he wouldn't have met Leetah his future Chieftess and Healer. He wouldn't have solved the mystery of the elves beginnings and ultimately conquered a very great evil elf determined to rid the world of his tribe.
What I love, though, about this world besides the comic art is the acceptance of those who are "different." I was always "different" and was isolated at a private school where my nearest friend was a 30 minute drive away. Up until I had my license there wasn't much I could change about my location so I read. I read a lot. And Elfquest let me indulge in a world where "different" was acceptable. It also survived the breakup with my first boyfriend: comics, I mean. He introduced me to comics and I loved that I could go to Wilkes in Dartmouth and add to my to-be-read pile. Comic lovers were "different." Artists were "different."
Then, many years later, when I started my own business I tried to make people's visions come true on video. And my writing stopped. Six years later I'm wrapping up the film & video business to finally start my writing career. I've been at it "nose down" committed for the past year and a half. Thanks to communities like Brenda Novak's Online Auction and Romance Writers of America my writing is improving. I fill my days with working out and writing. I do it because I love it. Because that girl in the library needed to write out her angst and her need for her world to change.
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