Wednesday, February 5, 2020

I DO BELIEVE


IT'S TIME FOR THE
INSECURE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP BLOG DAY
The first Wednesday of each month, members of IWSG announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share insight or a personal experience or story. Remember, the question is optional. IWSG was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and is a forum of writers who gather to talk about writing and the writer's life.The awesome co-hosts for the February 5 posting of IWSG are:  Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson!
February 5 question – Has a single photo or work of art every inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

I have posted before...
About things that scared me while growing up...
Like watching Bela Lugosi in Dracula on TV.
Many nights with my head under the covers.....
I believed Dracula was going to morph into a bat...
Fly in my bedroom window...
And turn me into a vampire...
So I kept my window open just a few inches in the summer.
My dad would always come in and open it wide...
“No, daddy,” I’d squeal, “don’t open the window all the way.”
“But it’s too hot in here.”
“But I’m afraid a bird will fly in.”
(Yeah, I wasn’t thinking bird, I was thinking bat)
Reluctantly he’d close it.
But bats and vampires...
Weren’t the only things that scared me.
My parents had quite an interesting  library...
And even before I could read...
I’d peruse the illustrations in those books...





Like Milton’s Paradise Lost















And Dante’s Inferno












Both book illustrations influenced my first book, Azael’s Lot that included angels, fallen angels, and demons





But there’s one illustration... 
In Eugene Field's Poems of Childhood...
That even today gives me the shivers...










It's "Seein' Things at Night"...
Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish.
And why you ask...
Does it still give me the shivers?
Because ghosts...
Are in my “Realms of Possibilities”
Of things that do go bump and boo in the night. 




And you?
Did an illustration or photo ever influence you?

Always,
Em-Musing

10 comments:

Sandi said...

I believe these things are real.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those images would scare any child! Like your own personal hell.
You do know bats can squeeze into places thinner than an inch, right?

Lee Lowery said...

The art of Dante's Inferno is enough to make anyone a believer. I lean towards seeing something creepy in the ordinary.

R's Rue said...

Beautiful

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Julie Flanders said...

The ghosts give me shivers too! For the same reason you listed. That painting seems like it could launch a thousand stories though. Yikes!

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, yeah, they would sure scare many a child indeed. Bats can be crafty and get in small spots. Watch out lol

Elizabeth Mueller said...

I was drawn to high fantasy like Dark Crystal, Willow, and I'd read Beowulf, The Hobbit so my writing started out with a huge fantasy kick with romance in it. I tried writing Paranormal which was big because it involved humans with no dwarves or goblins (lol) then one day, the distributor told me it was not marketable because of a fantasy saturation.

I was so bummed but it helped to push me hard into writing realistic fiction. I can write that without batting an eyelash now along with other genres.

♥.•*¨Elizabeth Mueller, Author¨*•.♥

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Shannon Lawrence said...

How cool that you had those books with the illustrations, but definitely creepy for a child!