I started writing when I was about 8, when I discovered reruns of the original Star Trek on TV in the mid-70's. Then SW came along, and I wanted to write science fiction. If you want to be technical about it, I started writing fan fiction when I was 9 or 10. Then I forgot about it and began working on my own worlds. I started writing with the intent to publish after I graduated from college, but stories I created from the sci-fi shows I watch stayed with me. I never wrote them down, though. Then TPM came along. Qui-Gon Jinn touched a deep chord within me and moved me to create a character to interact with him. She had almost all the Mary Sue characteristics, but soon she became a deeper, more profound character. (I talked about her a little in this [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=4653854&replies=17]thread[/link].) I spent the entire summer turning out material based on her. I became so guilty about it that I actually wrote an apology letter to GL! (Never sent it! ) When that creative urge ran its course, I lamented that no one would ever read about her. Well, that will change soon, hopefully. She'll be introduced in my next story after "What Remains Unspoken" is finished.