Snippet Saturday #20: Lonely

For the first month of college, Liv and Indy used to lay awake and talk late into the night. It was like having a sleepover every single night. She’d loved it at first.

And then Liv had started to express interest in a sorority or in hanging out in a class the two of them didn’t have together. She always invited Indy along, but Indy had stopped going after the first few times. She felt like a burden on Liv–like Liv felt obligated to invite Indy along because of the history they had.

On one of their last nights staying up late and talking, Indy told her about how she wished she’d been born on a planet far away somewhere–a small planet that was just big enough for Indy and had no other people.

“If there are no other people, where did you come from?” Liv asked. “Don’t you need parents to be born?”

“Maybe I sprouted from a seed,” Indy said. That detail didn’t seem important to her. “Or maybe I was created out of interspace dust colliding together like how a planet is born.”

“Wouldn’t it be boring and lonely to live alone without anyone else?” Liv said, wrinkling her forehead.

“No,” Indy said. “If I lived my whole life alone, never knowing that anyone else existed, I wouldn’t know what it meant to be nored or lonely. Alone would be the only thing I ever knew–there would be nothing else to compare it to.”

No matter how she tried to explain it, though, Liv didn’t understand–a clear marker of someone who had never been lonely.

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Mystical Monday: Frost Flowers

It is as beautiful as it is rare.  A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.

It’s incredible how many natural phenomena seem entirely magical.

Mystical Monday is about anything fantasy/supernatural/ethereal in honor of my YA Urban Fantasy novel, Synchronicity.

Mystical Monday: Dancer

Dancer by Elda-QD

Something about this image looks quite ethereal. It’s incredibly beautiful. I have a huge affinity for Asian cultures, so this immediately grabbed my attention. On top of that, my other novel (not Synchronicity but the one that inspired Foreign Friday) has a lot to do with dance. With a combination of those three, there was no way I could just ignore this image!

I love the amount of detail to her clothes, the softness of her face, and the way her hair winds off like a river. It makes me want to know what her story is, and even inspires me to try and write it!

Mystical Monday is about anything fantasy/supernatural/ethereal in honor of my YA Urban Fantasy novel, Synchronicity.

Mystical Monday: Water Dragon

Water Dragon by ~martinradon on DeviantArt

I love dragons so much. Sometimes I complain to my ten and six-year-old cousins about how much I wish dragons existed, and how I’d love to have one. Since they are ten and six, of course they were right there with me!

Considering how much I adore dragons, how could I not include them in Synchronicity? I love the idea of a dragon made out of water. There’s so much creativity and inspiration to be found on sites like DeviantArt. It definitely helps spark ideas for my stories 🙂

Mystical Monday is about anything fantasy/supernatural/ethereal in honor of my YA Urban Fantasy novel, Synchronicity.

Mystical Monday: Meteor

A meteor is just a bit of space debris burning up as it hits the Earth’s atmosphere, but when I see a meteor, it doesn’t surprise me that they are also called shooting stars or that people make wishes on them. They have a simple scientific explanation, but they look like magic.

Who’s to say that just because there’s an explanation for something, it can’t be mystical?

Mystical Monday is about anything fantasy/supernatural/ethereal in honor of my YA Urban Fantasy novel, Synchronicity.

Mystical Monday: Shadowscapes

I’m a huge fan of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law‘s artwork. It has just the right ethereal feel to it, which I find extremely inspiring when writing or revising Synchronicity. In fact, whenever if I’m stuck or feel uninspired, I take just a moment to browse through her galleries and allow myself to be drawn back into the beautiful world of fantasy.

I love this painting because it depicts kitsune (Japanese) or gumiho (Korean) – fox spirits. Fox spirits play a bit of a role in Synchronicity and a bigger role in its sequels. What I find interesting about the fox spirits is that they weren’t like werewolves. Werewolves are humans who are forced into a wolf body during the full moon (in most werewolf mythology) or in cold weather (in the first book of Maggie Stiefvater‘s lovely Shiver trilogy). Fox spirits, however, are foxes who may take on a human form. In essence, they are the opposite.

Mystical Monday is about anything fantasy/supernatural/ethereal in honor of my YA Urban Fantasy novel, Synchronicity.