And My Present!
“Present” meaning both right now and a gift. Right now I am in the throes of fairy fascination as a result of the fairy adventures described in my last post: I have plans for building my own fairy house and garden, I have been reading books about them. I’m also mindful of Shakespeare’s play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is about fairies and how their lives intersect with those of humans: so how mysteriously awesome it is that I have written a play entitled A Midsummer Nights’ Spell?!! (Read a synopsis: http://jkwintersauthor.com/writing-samples/plays/midsummer-nights-spell-a-play-on-words/.) To have something be mysteriously awesome is just one of the gifts I am receiving right now.
Since this blog is entitled “Writing…My Future,” I usually try to make the connection in individual posts, so here’s the connection in this one: in my (so far unpublished) novel, The Potluck, Chapter 11, Renee’s grandson, Reggie, tells her he draws fairies and elves, “like the ones you read to us about in stories and that live in your garden.” He then goes on to say, “When we are in your sun room I can see them playing around the pond. They take care of your plants.”
Wow! Was I writing my future when I wrote that a couple of years ago? At the time I was didactically focused on the fairy tale part because I believe adult fiction could benefit from some of the elements found in those stories. But Reggie also said something that turned out to be important to me now, even though I was oblivious to its importance then. How cool is that?
I find myself wondering–which I note in passing is a very magical kind of activity–if my interest in fairies is that they are an apt metaphor for me in the present, or are fairies really “real” (whatever that means!)? Hmmm, or maybe it’s both. Most cultures and continents have fairy lore, with common elements such as they inhabit naturescapes such as wooded knolls, rocky hideaways, and gardens; they shape-shift; they appear and then disappear; and they can cast spells on humans.
“Real” or simply metaphorical–or both, fairies, as Betty Earl describes them in her book, Fairy Gardens are “infinitely playful.” She goes on to say, “A garden full of fairies is not a quiet one, far from it. It is a world where fairies sing and dance, laugh while playing merrily on twisted twigs and branches, and gleefully frolic amidst fragrant blossoms.”
There’s that reference to play again, so let’s call this post the fifth in the series. I wonder if there is another coming soon!
For those of you still with me, check out this fun fairy site: http://www.flowerfairies.com/US_version/home.html