So I decided to go for it and start a blog. To be perfectly honest, I have no road map for this blog. No clue whatsoever what to write about. But I’m going to do it anyway. Just because I can 🙂

You may be curious about the title, “To Journey Past the Leopard.” Here’s the story behind it:

I never dreamed of becoming a writer when I was growing up. Of course I enjoyed the occasional short story assignments in my English classes and always felt that I had a plethora of stories in my head to choose from. But my youth was spent mostly drawing and painting, my art form of choice at the time. My first really big writing project that was not related to any school assignment was a screenplay that I titled “To Journey Past the Leopard.” It was around the time Matt Damon and Ben Affleck enthusiastically accepted the award for writing Good Will Hunting. I remember spending many late nights sitting in my bed writing, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I never did anything with the script. In fact, it’s probably gathering dust in some cardboard box in the attack right now.

The title of the screenplay actually came from a Gustave Dore illustration I found in my high school English book which accompanied Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” I hadn’t read it then, but the illustration grabbed me by the heart and would not let go. I even destroyed school property by ripping the page out and keeping it (shh…don’t tell anybody). Even though I hadn’t read the Divine Comedy, the illustration of the man standing before the leopard carried special meaning for me. It was about overcoming obstacles. Pushing through whatever is standing in your way to reach your ultimate goal. And that is what I intend to do with my writing. Because I know I’m not the best writer yet. I have years of work and struggle ahead of me. But I will do whatever it takes to reach my goal.

Learn more about Daelynn Quinn’s work at http://www.daelynnquinn.com

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