You may recall that last Monday I talked about one of my earliest memories of writing, entering the Young Author's contest. It wasn't long afterward that I began work on my first novel. It was called, "Crow," and it was a western featuring a well-intentioned cowboy, his Indian ally who knew better than he, and another Indian who was out to kill him.
This was almost twenty years ago so I don't really remember many fo the details. I think the novel was something like 24 single-spaced pages long. There were chapters of about one to three pages. I remember some gruseome details about charcoal bladed knife that broke off in its wound. I remember that Crow Indians were all like the movie Legolas. And I remember that even then, the point of the story for me wasn't the action but the maturation of the character as a person. A little over my head for a twelve year-old or whatever I was, but still it was my aim.
I wrote the entire novel on a Tandy computer using Text(tm). I remember that for most of the time I had the program set on blue screen with yellow writing, but that I would tinker with the display colors sometimes in order to set my mood. Most every time I sat down to write I was drinking Ginger Twist herbal tea, a beverage which still gets me in the writing mood.
I think there are dot matrix printouts of Crow in a box somewhere, and if I ever find those, rest assured I will post at least exceprts...
Next week: the fan fiction novels!