This chain was brought to you by Sandra who asked:
What kind of journeys do your characters make? What effects do they have on the characters and the plot? Also, if you wish, please tell us about one of your personal journeys and how it changed you.
In my young adult paranormal novel, KATANA, the only journey that my MC, seventeen-year-old Rileigh Martin, makes is internal. Before she discovered that she harbored the spirit of a 15th century samurai warrior she mostly floated through life with no real goals other than to get into a college next to a beach. When the spirit tries to take her over, Rileigh must decide what's worth saving - her past or a life she never had a chance to live.
Anywho, the idea to write this story came to me while I was studying tae kwon do - something I started when I was 26-years-old. Why start something so late in life? You see, I'm currently on my own journey of self exploration. My childhood was, shall we say, not good. There was a person in my house who got a real kick out of telling me that I was terrible at everything I tried and that I'd never amount to anything but a truck stop waitress.
I left home at seventeen, worked out a deal with high school so I could leave early to work at the local Cracker Barrel, roomed with a stripper for a year (oh the stories I could tell), graduated high school with honors, dated a minor league hockey player, moved to STL, joined a band (be thankful it broke up), worked full time in retail while achieving my associates (community college holla!), got my degree from the world famous Tom Rose dog training academy, got married, got divorced (it's okay, we're cool), and finally, finally, finally, married the man of my dreams at the same time found my niche (It only took 29 years).
But now I've found myself in this weird position. Instead of living with someone who tells me, "You can't, you can't, you can't!" I'm now told, "You can! You can! You can!" So I'm trying things I'd never dared to try before. Writing was the first, followed by sewing classes, then martial arts, then guitar classes...the list goes on.
There are still sometimes that I find myself jealous over those who had it easy. The kids who were supported, who got to go away to college without having to work (or live with a stripper - excuse me, exotic dancer). But then, I realize, if I hadn't done those things I wouldn't be where I am today. Each and every step I've taken on my journey has led me to today. This moment. These words I'm typing.
So...what was the question again? Kidding. The moral is this: Be thankful for the path you've traveled including the spills and stumbles along the way. That is what brought you to today.
So how about you? How has your life's journey brought you to the place you are in?
Please check out the hillarious Shaun who posted before me and the stunning shampoo-free Rebecca who will post today because I'm a slacker and ran late.