Friday, June 28, 2013

That Magical Fire Agate

Take a moment to step away from real life and into enhanced life, like a video game where you can do anything you want. What would you want to do? If you could do anything? Whoa, that’s heady. 

Anything? Isn't that magic? Yes.

You start by finding an object with magical properties for this journey of doing anything you want. That is exactly where I find myself this Friday, #wanafriday, where we write to theme:

      If you could have one magical item, what would you choose?  Why?

I have to work backward to choose.

First, what would I want to do, be, have that I don’t right now? Explore another time and place—with the safety net of avoiding the scary stuff that might kill me. 

So maybe an amulet I wear around my neck that would whisk me away when I touched it, in case I got into a dangerous situation. And then it would thrust me to another time and place of my choosing, for more exploration and adventure. 

A glowing, Mexican fire agate would do for that. Yes, hung around my neck with a soft leather string.

Now, where would I go? I would go to Mesoamerica, to the Maya. I want to know exactly how they lived and all about their culture and mindset and mathematical abilities and things I don’t even know about them that existed a thousand years ago. 

(Maybe the original Maya were star travelers. It could have happened. And I want to know.)
                                                                                                                          Picture is by Tomas Orban

Oh, wait—isn’t that the journey I took in my recent published book, Dance the Dream Awake

Yes.  Except for the star traveling part--although that mystery was hinted at.                                                                                                                                      

My amulet for that novel was my imagination and it was a fine journey—but I want more. I only scratched the  surface of ancient Mayan experience in that romantic, paranormal suspense story. My amulet would actually allow me to walk through the jungles, hear their music, eat their food, take part in their rituals—except the sacrifices (—rubs amulet).

So what object would you choose and what would you do with it?

As always, fellow WANAs that choose to add their post to this theme will be added here as they post, so check back or check #wanafriday:

Ellen Gregory What does Ellen take away from Harry Potter?
Tami Clayton What do wands and pickles have to do with each other?
Kim Moser Griffin A very versatile object.
Siri Paulson What's beyond the portal?
Liv Rancourt Very practical, and definitely magic.
Seth Swanson  Practical magic.


Ellen Gregory said...

Very innovative, Cora, to make up an amulet to do exactly what you want it to do! Cool stuff.

I like your new snazzy fonts on the blog too. :-)

Tami Clayton said...

Love the way you weaved your new novel into your post, Cora! An amulet would be a great magical object to possess.

Cora said...

I bore easily. Have to change my fonts occasionally.

Cora said...

Now I wish I could conjure up such an amulet. I should put one in my next novel.

Kim Griffin said...

That would come in handy! Not only would it keep you safe, but you could go anywhere and any time? Nice :)

Liv Rancourt said...

Cool! Something Harry Potter DIDN'T have!! Nice work, Cora ;)

elizabethfais said...

Oooooh, very cool. And versatile too!