I have been away. Away from the world I created. Away from the bliss of letting my characters live through me. Away from the light of fantasy. Real life has a habit of creeping in and sometimes it leads us into the darkness, covering the life we choose, with the life we must live. Sometimes the lines blur and reality becomes fantasy and fantasy a very real force to be reckoned with.
Choosing to live our dreams can be frightening, but each step we take toward achieving those dreams, feeds us with the courage to stay on the arduous path toward finding ourselves. Sometimes we need to take a break. Sit by, fix what is broken, rest, recover and prepare for the next leg of the journey. We can remain in the middle of the road forever, let the apathy take over, but it is a lonely place to be. The journey never ends and can often become more difficult, but I find it is easier to keep moving forward rather than turning around and going back. The past may be familiar but the future holds the hope of something better just around the corner.
My mother always used to say, “Pick yourself up by your bootstraps and move on,” so again, I move forward. I have no idea where the path might lead me, but I am looking forward to all I will discover along the way--and I am sure it will provide ideas for some great stories to come.