Following up on Part 1, I am posting the original version of my story Cobla, written during a class assignment in the 6th grade. This story was originally accompanied by hand-drawn artwork and maps but due to a recent flood I was unable to save anything of the original. Thankfully I still had the original digital version of the story.
Please enjoy reading – Cobla – Original Version!
When I wrote this story I was not an avid reader at all. I actually don’t recall reading much of anything until 7th grade when I was inspired by a friend to read “The Hobbit” and “Dragons of Autumn Twilight”. I had spent significant time with the Lone Wolf book series – specifically Flight from the Dark by Joe Dever and Gary Chalk – as the “foundation” for my fantasy literature. At a hobby convention with my father I managed to pick up (for free) The Art of Dragonlance Saga (a compilation of paintings and sketches from the novels, modules and covers) and it was these two items that served the starting point for my fantasy exposure. The interesting thing was that I had not read any Dragonlance at the time and when I eventually read the books I had all that artwork imprinted on my brain.
The only other “stories” that I truly recall being exposed to were the Sierra games of King’s Quest, Bard’s Tale, and Black Cauldron. The idea of a king going off on an adventure, the basis of Cobla, had its roots here. If you haven’t played these games, go and play them here now! Black Cauldron / Bard’s Tale / King’s Quest
With these books as inspiration, I dove in and wrote my first fantasy story. I later wrote a sequel to it that borrowed WAY too heavily from the Lone Wolf books.
Please enjoy reading – Cobla – Original Version – just remember I was in 6th grade when I wrote this!
A few items to note when reading these stories:
- Please enjoy them and feel free to let me know your thoughts. A writer always appreciates feedback when attempting to grow their craft.
- Many of them remain unedited since their original creation date and contain misspellings, improper grammar and made up words. These are in here for flavor and as a time stamp to reflect my age when they were created.
- Over time, I hope to include “Directors Commentary” in all of my stories. Hopefully this adds some flavor and context for the creative process and my thinking as these stories were created.
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