An eternal optimist who's still learning how to be optimistic.
CONTENT WARNING: Suicide/Intrusive Thoughts/Heights 1
The Definition of Insanity
If the definition of insanity is repeatedly performing the same action whilst expecting a different result, then I am completely and entirely sane. I have tried everything. I have approached from every possible angle. I have thrown myself upon it in every conceivable way. Yet still, this interminable winter continues. The rigid, unyielding figures of my parents still elude my ability to reach beyond the ice that has enclosed them for as long as I can remember.
Allow Me To Introduce Myself
As you may have guessed, I am Valerie Samuels. I'm a 30-something British fiction writer and I primarily write fantasy fiction aimed at that interesting group between YA and High Fantasy. I am a voracious reader myself and I take special pride in the fact that my personal library includes a little bit of everything. One of my greatest joys in life has been the realisation that there is something wonderful to be found in even the least appreciated literature. There is a long-standing theory that there are only five stories in the world, retold over and over in different ways. Whilst I don't necessarily disagree with it, I think it does a major disservice to writers.
The soft golden glow of the sun rippled diamond-like off the surface of the ocean expanse. It mingled with the thick, soft clouds and turned them every shade on the colour spectrum between yellow and red. Sweeps of soft pink made brushstrokes against dashes of burnt orange. It was a spectacular sunset. They all were. The fading light bounced playfully against the white brick of the lighthouse, dancing through the multi-coloured glass in the arched, narrow windows. It was like something in an oil painting, or a fairy tale. Only I am no princess, and I am not waiting to be saved.