Today's Three Things Thursday is a great one for those of us who write YA and Teen lit. The theme is: Three Things About Your Teenage Years.
I was a pretty dorky teenager. I mean, I'm a pretty dorky 24 year-old, but my teenage years were full of me bumbling around trying to figure out a.) who I was, and b.) who I wanted to be. So. Here are my three things.
1. I was obsessed--and I mean OBSESSED--with The Lord of the Rings. The first movie got me hooked, and soon I was reading and re-reading the books, blaring the soundtracks nonstop, writing fanfiction (yeah, I did), doing Tolkien-themed English projects with gusto, scrap-booking, and even occasionally dressing up like an elf. IN HIGH SCHOOL. Like I said, huge dork. The Return of the King film came out right around my birthday, and my best friend and I made shirts to go to the midnight showing. I cried so hard at the end--no, WEPT so hard--that my little rocking movie chair was swinging like a carnival ride, and made it difficult for the poor souls behind me to exit the theater.
2. I played softball from elementary school up until my junior year of high school, which really throws people for a loop if they didn't know me at that time. (I don't strike most people as being terribly athletic.) But I was a pitcher, which worked well because I have these long, skinny arms which can be used as a kind of trebuchet or windmill, giving me all kinds of leverage. By the time I quit playing, I was throwing that ball at sixty miles per hour. Pretty good for an un-athletic clumsy girl.
3. More pertinently, sixteen was the age I first started writing in earnest. I remember sitting with my best friend in one of our new (old, junky) cars, telling her about all the stories I had in my head, and how I would play them out like movies as I was falling asleep at night, and daydream about them in class.
Instead of calling me crazy, she looked at me and said, "Why don't you write them down?"
I think I laughed. Me? Write books? Of course, I'd done that in elementary school, but that was different. This would be trying to write a real book. Well, I tried it. I wrote in notebooks until I could afford a laptop, and then transcribed and edited all the way up through my freshman year of college. That book, naturally, will never see the light of day, but it was my tricycle. It was what taught me to write, and showed me how much I loved it.
What about you? What things stand out to you from your teenage years? How did they shape the person you are now?