After reading a number of excellent shifter books recently, my creative juices are trying to flow in that direction, but, of course, there is a dam attempting to divert my path. I’m stuck on “What new twist can I bring to the table?”
Beyond posing this question to myself, I threw it out to my daughter, S, and my sister-in law, K. Both are incredibly artistic, open-minded, humorous women; plus K is a gifted, aspiring author. Let me condense some of our separate conversations over the last few days.
Me: Wolves and cats have been done so well, I don’t want to try to compete.
S: What about a giraffe?
Me: Why would someone want to turn into a giraffe??
S: So they could eat a tall tree and see far off into the distance.
Me: That doesn’t inspire ‘romance’ in my mind! What about a Michigan black bear? Big, scary when necessary, devoted to their cubs; it could work.
S: What about a frog?
Me: Again, I have to ask, WHY? Back to the bear, they have to hibernate. How would I address that?
K: They could just not turn during the winter, or you could make their activity greatly limited during those months.
Me: Wow, three months of not wanting to do anything but lounge around, possibly in bed with their partner of choice? Okay, I’m not hating this!
K: What about deer? Family oriented, beautiful, the bucks are regal and are very combative when necessary. And frogs hibernate, too.
Me: Let’s forget the frickin’ frogs! I can’t imagine any being that had the ability to shift deciding to be something at the bottom of the food chain!
K: What about a moose? They’ve been seen in Michigan.
Me: A moose conjures up images of a lumbering, somewhat dimwitted animal to me – sorry to the moose-lovers out there! This image is based on nothing scientific.
S: So cats are out of the question? What about a loveable stray that wanders into your heroine’s life? Or wait; maybe a dog she finds abandoned, needing help?
Me: We’re getting way off track here. I’m going back to the bears!