Posted by: Judy | June 7, 2012

A new door…

When I went to see Fellowship of the Rings I never anticipated what it would mean to me. FotR isn’t the first movie I’ve been passionate about. Ladyhawke, The Man From Snowy River and Return to Snowy River, The Princess Bride, to name a few, have all been watched so often I’ve memorized them.

What was different about FotR?

I now had access to the internet.

Wanting more information about the movie, like when Two Towers and Return of the King would be coming out, I went searching for the official movie site. I not only found it, I also discovered the online community there. People who loved the movie as much and more than I did. People who didn’t know about my past or what I looked like. They didn’t care if I was rich or successful or not. They knew absolutely nothing about how messed up I was. I could be the person I wanted to be, and there was no one to call me on the performance.

Sounds dishonest.

In order to participate in the community I had to create a “handle,” a persona by which I’d be known in the LOTR community. I agonized. My imagination had been crushed. I was afraid of daydreaming. I was tired of seeing my dreams in ashes, so I stopped. Yes, it’s possible. I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s difficult to learn how to dream again, but I’m rushing ahead of myself.

I fretted and debated.

Finally, I remembered a nickname I’d been given a half-dozen years before. Ladyhawke. A fellow student in one of my classes bestowed the name on me because of my eyes. Arguing was not even a consideration. I was more than willing to take it. Now, I wanted the nickname back.

I signed up, and entered a terrifying, intimidating, and brave new world. 🙂

*If it seems like I’m taking a long time to tell this story, I am. For one thing, I know details matter. Entire “vistas” have opened with a single, perfectly timed thought. For another, I’m in the midst of editing, and to be honest, my brain is all but dead. Editing is harder and takes longer than the actual writing of the story. The initial writing only requires the framework. Editing requires all the fine-tuning, shuffling, re-arranging, remodeling. I’m jumping ahead of myself again. Back to the story, tomorrow.


  1. I love Ladyhawke too, I had been wondering if that’s where you had taken the name from. I do love medieval love stories. The Princess Bride is one of our favourites too, we still quote from it. I haven’t felt like it’s taking a long time to tell the story, it’s nice to get the detail and to have something to look forward to. 🙂

    • Thank you, Kara!

  2. I agree, Ladyhawke fits. To email all I need to do is type in Lady and you are the only one. 🙂

    • 😀

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