It was only later, as I grew older, I understood that the old folklore stories were created to scare people into doing the right things. But as time marched on the old stories began to fade away, replaced by different ones, ones not necessarily our own. As an adult I still enjoy stories, in all forms; I've even tried to tell a few. This is one of them.
I began writing it in 2004; it was really a self-inflicted exercise to fight boredom at the office. Fueled by decades of comic books, anime and science fiction movies (and at the time, Naruto fan fiction), I decided to write my own story based around Trinidad and Tobago folklore. I gave myself the ongoing assignment to produce once chapter a week, between 1000 and 2000 words. I started out with no initial plot and was only guided by my mood at the time of writing, which I can only assume is a terrible way to write. Nevertheless I enjoyed the process and kept at it for a while, amassing 30 or so chapters. While I suspect if I submitted the work to a professional editor they would cringe and subsequently vomit a little inside their mouth, I did pass the story on to a few people who seemed entertained enough by it to want (and in some cases DEMAND, more). I tried to continue while I was at UWI, but somehow writing anywhere other than the office never yielded the desired result, so I put the story down until I had finished university. Since then, three years has morphed into over a decade and I have finally decided to try to finish the story I started way back when.
My mindset is different, my environment has changed and also my influences and understand of the world, but I'm excited to see if I still have something to say. For some odd reason though, the thought of going back and reading what I had written before seems so very daunting. But I have begun the process, added to which I have also started creating illustrations to go along with most, if not all, of the chapters thus far. I believe my style of illustration has turned a corner and I'm interested to see what my work looks like 20 chapters in. The end goal is to have the work published in a few volumes in print and maybe digital format.
I have no idea how things will end, but I'm off to a not-so-bad start, and that's not bad at all.