First up, I started a round of Dictionary Impossible by selecting ten random words from the dictionary. I no longer know what those words were because my computer ate them. What I do know was that there was a strangely religious bent to them, which possibly set me off on the chain which followed.
Diligently, I selected another 10 words: Tamper, silence, majesty, prima, smash, data, shrunken, enthrall, and heresy, conclave. I was trying to come up with a story that involved coffee, but nothing was singing to me, the titles bouncing out all sounded like fantasy to me – Conclave of Silence, To Smash the Thrall, Her Majesty Enthralled, The Majesty of Silence – I wasn’t sold. The other option was Prima Data, but what the hell was that about? I went back to the basics of the words: information, first, female lead opera singer…hmmm information about the first woman? Oh Eve, hello! I guess I am writing something of a religious nature after all.
So I chased some ideas. I chased them around in circles and tried to find out more about the nature of the story – was I going to write about a woman who’d had an accident and woke up thinking she was Eve? was there some lesson for her to learn in that role? – Again, I wasn’t sold. It didn’t really make me tingle, and it didn’t feel like a good enough match for the title, which I’d grown pretty attached to by that point.
Onwards then. I dwelled on it, let it simmer for a bit and then Jack Downs burst into my mind asking me to really think about what would have happened if Eve and Adam had been given more information, been better informed about how their choice to eat an apple from the tree would affect not only them but the future of mankind?
What would happen? Would they make the same choice or not?
Jack demands to know, and he’s actually in the process of finding out. My novella opens as he wakes his creations to see what the results will be. He knows it’s not a scientific replication, but still, he just wants to know…..
I wasn’t sure about the story at all, but you know what? It excites me, Jack incites me to want to see this through, see what he gains out of it and how his own Adam and Eve will react to the environment and situation. What will happen?
I don’t know…
But, I did do a three card spread to see if I could get a little more insight: beginning, middle and end. Below is what I came up with:
The King of Cups is obviously a man (why hello Jack! nice of you to pop up), and the card signifies someone who is (FYI I’m taking whats relevant and leaving whats not, for those who know about tarot) a scientist, religious, interested in arts and scientists. Often he would be considered a reliable man, kind and considerate, and Jack typically is, though if people knew what he was up to they may not view it in a positive light.
The two of Staffs in reverse signifies sadness and trouble, but also surprise – this bodes well for me, the writer 😉
Finally we have The Empress (my card!): feminine progress, mother, sister, wife, marriage, children, intuition, ability to motivate others. This is Eve at the end of the story, I’m not sure how she gets there, but she’s going to be transformed through whatever happens. I wonder how Jack fares? We’ll have to wait and see!
There were two proverbs that stood out from my little Celtic book that will possibly contribute to the story as well: Necessity knows no law, and Your feet will bring you to where your heart is. The first makes me nervous, the second makes me feel warm. I’ll let you know if they do find their way in.
Anyways, that’s it from me for now. I haven’t managed to write more than the first line of the novella, but am charging the laptop and will probably take it to bed with me tonight and get some writing done then.