Several days ago I finished my new Haxan short story “Remember Me in the Halls of Valhalla” and I think it came out okay.
I had a scene where I wanted to show these Valkyries were unlike the common blonde-haired, blue-eyed fantasy figures you often see. These were more like true death-maidens (though still beautiful) which is how they are portrayed in the Elder Edda, and other ancient sources.
In one paragraph I had the chieftain. Kara Wind-Travel, looking over the iron rim of her shield at Marwood as she recognized who (and what) he really was.
So I needed a pair of eyes.
Writers always steal body parts from other people. It’s a not-so secret thing we do. Truth is, most people never see themselves in fiction anyway, because as you write you tend to change other parts as well. Hence, the organic process that is writing…and most art in general.
But I really needed a startling pair of eyes to get me to bring out a very important part of the chieftain’s fierce character, and her emotion.
So I contacted a friend and asked if I could borrow her eyes for the story. She said yes, and the rest is history.
You know, sometimes being a writer is really pretty damn cool. You can make people kind of happy by doing what you do, and get a good story in the process.
But more importantly, you just kind of make your friends happy. 🙂