Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” As much as I love this quote, the small problem is that reading what you’ve written will never be like reading it for the first time.
When I write my stories for The Fantasy Realm, it is very much for my own personal enjoyment. I love reading them aloud, and if others enjoy them, that’s incredible and makes me very happy.
Though I love to write and read them, I really do create these, because I wish I could experience them as the traveler. As fun as it is to be the writer, I truly want to experience these stories the way the listeners do, because I love daydreaming, I love this kind of music, and I love storytelling.
I didn’t think I’d ever get the chance to be the traveler, but thanks to an Urban Legend, I got that chance, and it was unforgettable.
Last week, I traveled to Las Vegas for my radio station for the NAB Show, one of the world’s largest, if not the largest, conventions of broadcasting software and hardware. I was hesitant about going, because I didn’t want to miss my show, let alone my classes and other meetings. However, I figured it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
I managed to get a really good friend of mine who is also an experienced DJ at WHUS Radio to cover my show. Her name is Ally, or as she is known on her show PRKL RadioMetalli, “The Urban Legend”. At first, she was going to cover it as if it were another music show with a musical tribute to The Fantasy Realm.
Eventually, though, she got very inspired. She decided to write her own story to her setlist, and she poured her heart into it. She would text me about how proud she was of her story, and each time, I got more and more excited.
So, while I was in Las Vegas, at the convention, I ran around trying to get the best wifi connection I could get, so I could listen in. I missed the first few minutes, but I got to listen to the rest of the show without any problems.
I would close my eyes to truly immerse myself into the world. I decided to make my character The Sage just to imagine what she would look like. Though she was technially at a very important meeting with the Council of the Sage Ones, I figured she could use her magic to walk through the city of Esoria during her free time.
I imagined her with long white hair with green tips, black eyes, and a kind, wise smile. She wears a humble forest green cloak with beige embroidery covering all of her clothes underneath, which merely consists of tight brown trousers, a off-white blouse, and a golden cord as a belt. On her head, she wears a thin brass circlet with a green stone in the center of her forehead.
To be honest, I almost cried at the end. I got to live through a fantasy realm tale as the traveler. As a daydreamer at heart, I adored every second of Ally’s story, and her words inspired my last few stories that are coming up.
I have a lot to say about my Fantasy Realm experience, but I think I’ll save that for when the show comes to its end.
I offer the most marvelous of thank yous to Ally Urban for not only covering my show, but for giving me the gift I’ve been writing for others. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide.
Please, give my friend Ally some love by checking out the links of her show below:
Thank you all for listening. I’ve got some very fun stories coming up in the next few weeks, so I hope you enjoy those!