Friday, December 18, 2015

To My "First Love"

This is an open letter to my "first love"...the trio of Star Wars...Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.
A long time ago...for all of us lol

I know that I'm not alone, that there are probably scores of people who can and would say this very same thing to you.  I'm not going to get into the details of my troubled childhood, because crap happens to us all, but I want to let you all know: the characters you portrayed and the universe you played in, saved my life when I was a teenager.

The depression which followed me into my adult years was hard for a teenager to deal with.  And I dealt with it through fantasy and science fiction.  I am a writer and shortly after I had finished my senior year, I had actually finished the first novel in a trilogy for Star Wars.  I worked on it every chance I got, every free moment in school to the point that most of my classmates could be able to tell you about it.  But then adulthood hit, and the huge expanded universe kept stealing all my ideas...I lost track of how often I had to rewrite because of the latest book released...and I had to set my story ideas to the side.

Which only gave me the time and energy to focus on my own original fiction, so it's not all bad.  And those years of writing what is now known as fan fiction was excellent practice, I'm sure.

But my love for you three has never faded, and I wanted to let you all know that I'm grateful you were all able to reprise your roles in the new movie I haven't seen yet.  I suppose I ought to be thanking George Lucas since he created the Star Wars universe in the first place, and Disney for making the new movies..and I am...but you are the ones who gave the characters life and breath.  When I wrote my crappy fan fiction, it was your voices I was hearing when my characters spoke and your faces that reacted to the latest drama I sent their way.

I know that it may have just been another job, but we are all grateful you did.  Thank you and keep up the good work.

Who knows, I'm not dead yet and I'm still a writer...I might get to write a Star Wars novel yet...Hey, a girl can have a new hope at any age!

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