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There are always stand out moments that play a contributing part to piecing together the puzzle of your life. A particularly important one found me in college when I was handed an assignment which read, "Write a speech discussing what your 'One Big Thing' is.
I was in my early twenties, and barely knew who I was as a person, let alone what I wanted to do with my life, or what career I wanted to focus on. I was convinced I didn't have a 'One Big Thing.' Perhaps a lot of little things, I had plenty of hobbies. Being highly creative I loved photography, film, scrap booking, traveling, drawing, painting and music. But these were simply hobbies. I was never particularly good enough at one to make it a career.
It came down to the night before the assignment was due. Beginning to panic over the blank piece of paper in front of me, and the terrifying picture of me standing speechless in front of the class, I fumbled through some old journals, trying to remember what my passions were as a child. Perhaps there was something there that might indicate to an area I should pursue.
There was a pattern which emerged early on. I loved to tell stories. There was never a moment where my imagination wasn't engaged. To this day I still don't know how I managed to gather my friends to listen to my tales, but they did. Not only did they give me the courtesy of their attention but they came back for more. I can remember groups of kids sitting around me, fixated on the stories I would spin on the spot. Drama was added for effect, I was only too happy to act out the scenes, convincing the audience just for a moment that my story was real, and they were in turn experiencing the adventure.
When I wasn't battling dragons, saving the world, or fighting the bad guys, I was directing plays and musicals for my parents and anyone unfortunate enough to walk through the front door. It was another expression of my creativity. We didn't have a TV until I was about eleven, and even then we rarely watched it. My interest in the arts was developed through my imagination, and love of reading.
Around the age of fourteen I discovered the wonder that was the video camera. From then on it was all about filming. I knew nothing about technique but my enthusiasm saw me save for three years to buy a second hand camera.
Eventually directing gave way for editing. Perhaps because I wasn't the most patient person, but more so I was fascinated by my love of creating stories. Editing film gave me a new perspective, materializing the images in my head onto a screen. This new found treasure was the opening to my love for the cinema.
It was about this point early Monday morning, blank notebook in hand where the light bulb went on above my head, and I suddenly knew what my 'One Big Thing' was, storytelling. At first I felt stupid over the level of awe I was experiencing with this huge revelation, but sometimes it's the things that are staring you straight in the face that are the most difficult to see.
Writing, a way to express the hundreds of stories circulating my imagination. Inspired by scenery, mountains in particular, I began to travel. It was common to find me sprawled out on the ground, notebook in hand, locked in a battle between good and evil.
Every time I stop to take a break from writing, a deep hunger will stir until I return to my notebook, or computer. It's my way of knowing how much I love my work. I continue to hold onto those feelings. It doesn't matter what the result of my books are. I'll always write. It's who I am, and what I'm meant to be doing, and that is my 'One Big Thing.'
on Jan. 07, 2013 :
A fantasy worth a read. It actually made me cry and for a short while there it was about to be the best dramatic fantasy I have read in ages.... lol
Writer saved the day and considered the young hearts (and those young at heart) and gave them a way out.
No worries - the plot thickens and continuation promises to be as grand, as the first installment in the series.
I do pray there is some hope for the spoiled little girl though :) Perhaps another flogging should seal the deal, :)
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Jan. 02, 2013 :
"Before You're Gone" is a well written story that connects to a deep place within allowing the reader to be transformed in time joining the characters in a powerful drama. Personally I like to be captivated by the story and this one connects that need for me. While set in medieval times, the power of the story could stand on its on in any time. Cate has done a great job and created for herself a wonderful foundation that leaves me looking forward to more of her books. Well work the read and highly recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 04, 2012 :
I admit I was a little hesitant going into this story, as period dramas are not usually something I enjoy. I was glad to have been proven wrong in this instance. "Before You're Gone" kept me hooked from the start, it never dragged, and left me wanting more. Fortunately, there are promises of a second book to come...
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
J A Marino
on Nov. 07, 2012 :
This is a beautiful story that I couldn't tear myself away from. I cried my eyes out...laughed out loud and was completely engaged. My heart was literally in my throat through much of the action, not sure what was going to come next. Cassie, being of nobility, was at a disadvantage throughout the whole story, yet she has a strong head and a quick tongue. I was sad about some of the characters, relieved over others and by the end, I was smiling from ear to ear. What a beautiful story and I cannot wait to see what Terryn has in store in book 2!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Nov. 06, 2012 :
I enjoyed the fast paced plot which would never leave one bored. There was always an element of intrigue that had me wrapped up in the world until the last page. The characters were well developed and relatable. You quickly warmed to some and were repelled by others. I felt swept up in the saga as if I was traveling along with them. I was exhausted in some parts and refreshed in others which really showed the depth that the author has taken to make these characters and events feel real. There was plenty of emotion that kept me rooting for my favourites to stay alive. I’m waiting for the next book!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Nov. 03, 2012 :
It's been awhile since I've had the opportunity to read an ebook, but I was pleasantly surprised by this choice.
It didn't feel like a young teens story. It had depth to it, giving the characters a believable voice. They were easy to relate to because of their personality and flaws, and I found that interesting to read.
The story is well written, and the plot engaging. It held my attention to the last chapter.
I look forward to reading the second book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)