I was a single dad for about 10 years by this time. I had plenty of experience with kids, it made sense to write about kids.
One thing we need to love and understand about kids is that they are a blank slate.
Their imagination is young and wild, they know no boundaries. When I decided to write Elax and the White Witch. I had 2 kids in mind along with a wizard. This was not new. But then again this was not about being new, it was about my imagination creating something with the characters.
This was another challenge I made for myself. Let’s do a fantasy story and see what happens. Elax and the White Witch was about letting my imagination roam. After writing Scars, a drama and jumping into a fantasy book felt weird. Mostly because I was not a writer. I was far from being a writer. I was at most a storyteller and never having published anything, I couldn’t think of myself as a writer.
Yet here I was writing and pounding on my keyboard. The spite I felt on Scars was gone. I made my point and I proved that I could write. This was more of a personal challenge.
What made this easier was, living in Jakarta Indonesia. I had a helper/maid… That means, no laundry, no cooking and no cleaning for me. My meals were ready at about 6, 12 and 6. Coffee came at 6, 9 and 2.
I am quite regimented and this helps break up a long day of keyboard pounding and also helps my brain a little. Short pauses and timeouts give my brain a little rest and also help with stamina. This was a luxury I rather enjoyed in everyday life, not just when I was writing.
As I wrote about this in Changes, life in Indonesia was very different. Not having to cook and clean was a definite bonus. Living alone also helped.
When Covid hit, I thought I would have problems, but instead…
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