Attacked By An Elf
|This is NOT Llaewyn.|
In high school I took only the minimal English classes to graduate. I focused on electronics and computer programming instead. I went to college long enough to get an Associates degree in robotics and started an illustrious career in automation. Everything went great for about 20 years.
One morning I woke up with an odd thought. A sentence burned into my mind: "Llaewyn stopped running; he knew he was going to die."
"Hmm," I thought. "Sucks for him, I guess." I got up, went to work, and didn't think of it again. Until the next morning, that is. And the next.
After a couple weeks, I finally wrote the damned sentence down and got a few days of peace. Instead of going away, Llaewyn kept bothering me. Details started working their way into my mind. It seems poor Llaewyn is an elf. He is being pursued (and killed) by an orc named Gelrog. He was in a swamp. The swamp was in a forest. A magical stone. Casting. Arrows. My mind reeled as creatures I never knew forced themselves into my mind. I was haunted, possessed. This damned elf would not relent.
And so, intent born of misery brought me to write out a scene depicting the death of Llaewyn. I still have that document dated August 17, 2008. I won't share it here, although it is buried in the depths of my blog as one of my older posts. Needless to say, none of that story still exists beyond an elf named Llaewyn (I had to keep *him*, after all), and an antagonist (no longer an orc) named Gelrog.
It has been nearly four years and I am still working on that story. It happens in spurts. I go several months where I dedicate two hours every day to writing and editing. Then I have a month where nothing happens at all. I post on Critique Circle as well as submit to a local group of writers that meets every other Monday. I don't have anything published, no covers to post, no links to sell anything. All I have now is a manuscript that I should spend more time editing, and a tale of how it came to be.
I still do all the old electronics and programming, but am begrudgingly grateful to an annoying, pain-in-the-ass elf named Llaewyn who, as his in-story character portrays, was stubborn enough to force me to listen to him when I least expected or desired.
Thanks for reading!
I currently work as a Application Engineer / Controls Engineer for a small automation distributor. If you have ever watched “How It’s Made”, I write the programs that control the machines that make stuff. Four years ago, a character snuck up on me and invaded my mind. As revenge, I made him a supporting character whoe doesn't really care for the main character very much, but is forced to help her. My life hasn't been the same.
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