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My Twilight Saga

The cover of this last weeks Entertainment Weekly made my heart skip a beat with excitement. There in full color were two of my favorite fictional characters, about to be brought to life on the big screen.

Twilight The Movie

Twilight The Movie

Five years ago,  my mother, trying to be helpful as usual had clipped an article in the local paper about an LDS single mother about my age who had written some vampire book for teens.  I read the article.  Was a bit jealous of her nonchalant just waking up one day and deciding to write something which sold.  I’d been labouring over my writing for so many years.  What would that be like…just to wake up one day, without ever having given writing a moment’s thought and decide to write something?  And have that something be good!  It didn’t happen everyday that much I knew for sure.  I think I decided to be unneccesarily annoyed with my mother for showing me the article.  As if she expected that I should be able to have a dream one night, wake up the next morning and write something fabulous too.  I imagined it was a jab, about me not working hard enough.  In reality it was true confidence in me, motivation to keep going.  I just wasn’t in the place to see it as that at the time.

It was several years later before Twilight entered my life again.  My friend Leslie, a high-school English teacher had a habit of keeping up to date on what her “kids” were reading.  And the Twilight “books”, as they had now become were what every teenage girl in America were drooling over.  I didn’t give it much thought as she spent the weekend at our cabin up north engrossed in the first book of the series, and her running reviews as she read were not too encouraging.

“God, I could write this!” she kept saying. And knowing Leslie…if she put her heart to it, she probably could.

“Ha!” My Ego was temporarily justified.

A week later I was helping Les out at school, getting ready for a parent’s night and taping poster’s the kids had made to the walls.  A full third of the posters had something to do with Twilight in them.  Now I was intrigued.  I didn’t know that many students, when I was in high-school who actually read….let alone put it on display for all to see.

I asked Leslie again about the books and this time her response was different.  The first one was a little slow to get into, but “They are so great…you have to read them!”  She loaned the first two to me later that week and they sat on my shelf for months.

Breaking Dawn Cover

Breaking Dawn Cover

I really don’t remember picking up the first one, but I do remember going…ok…yes the language is simple…but it’s for teens.  The story is pretty ingrained and complex.  I could see the characters before I even knew what the books were about….I was hooked.

Whenever I manage to come across a book I can’t put down, I pretty much don’t.  I think I stayed up for 48 hours reading the first two in the series and then ran to the store the next day and bought the third because I couldn’t wait until I saw Leslie again.

Thinking the third was the last I was a bit dissapointed with the ending, but I quickly went to the Author, Stephenie Meyer’s website and found there was one more book to come.

That book, Breaking Dawn comes out August 2nd.  (Yes, I have it marked on my calendar!)  and while I haven’t become one of her screaming, stalking fans…I’ve finally gained a great amount of respect for Stephenie.

Now…with another series for adults (The Host) already on shelves and the Twilight Movie looking like a blockbuster, this multi-millionaire is unreachable.  But five years ago, if I’d let my ego aside I could have easily picked up the phone and had a conversation with this girl….so much like me…who just happened to find her love in writing.




July 21, 2008 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

No better feeling….

For the first time in weeks I have an entire weekend to do what I want.  Trust me the to do list has been building up and there are lots of things to choose from, but nothing that I must do this second, nothing that will loose a $100,000 account if it isn’t accomplished. 

There is absolutely no better feeling in the world than being able to actually choose what to do with your time.  I’ll admit it, I was spoiled for years….no job, free to read when I felt like it, write when I wanted, sleep when I chose.  I got surprisingly little done in those 5 years. 

But now that I have an extremely demanding job, everything is falling into perspective.  The important things float to the top and the time wasters, just sort of drift away to sea.  I was worried about losing some of my favorite activities….like naps…..but when it all comes into motion…my naps stay.  They are what keeps me sane and recharge my well worn batteries.  What really dissapears is things like celebrity magazines, television and playing till all hours of the night.  Yes I can still go watch Grey’s Anatomy on but I’m not a slave to a schedule.  Yes, I keep my satelite dvr subscription up so I can record a movie or history channel program now and then…but usually the tv is off.

Even my computer, which IS always on, is becoming more streamlined. No more lazy browsing for hours (unless it’s research for a writing project), no more belonging to 20 different yahoo groups.  I still work on designing my own sites, but I’m not in a rush.  When they get done, they get done.  If I’m not enjoying it, it’s time to switch to something else. 

And Books are starting to stack up around me again.  Still reading more than one at a time…but 4 not 12 and I’m much more selective.  Next weekend will be another cutting the fat weekend, selling all the books, dvds, clothes, etc that I will never touch. 

This weekend though, is about figuring out me.  Who I have become (heaven knows I’ve seen ALOT of transformation the last year), what I want and how to get there.  It’s about managing goals….figuring out how to communicate them, and helping people understand me and my needs.  I finally understand it’s okay to be selfish about some things.  It’s about finding my passions again and ways to be fullfilled.  It’s about being honest and learning I CAN HANDLE THIS!!!

I’m quite proud of myself actually.  But maybe that’s just because I had the nap!!


June 16, 2007 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment


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