Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fire Fairies

I had an interesting experience at girls camp two weeks ago. It was the final night, usually a spiritual time where the girls express their testimonies and comment on their favorite moments of camp. One of the girls picked up my camera and asked if she could take a picture. I was busy getting hot chocolate, so without thinking said, "Sure!"

She then turned around and snapped a picture of the fire.

I looked at her, a little strangely, I'm sure, and said "you took a picture of the fire?"

She grinned at me, huge as could be, and said, "Of course. I want you to always remember how beautiful it is."

I laughed. "Yeah, because there's a lady dancing in there, right?"

"Right." She said and handed me my camera.

I glanced down at the picture and just about dropped the camera in shock.

"Holy crap! There really is a lady in there!" It gave me chills. I'd heard of such things, of course, but had never caught them on film. Don't believe me? Here's the picture:




Do you see her? How cool is that? If she still remains hidden, look near the center, just to the left of the upstanding logs. Her knees are bent in profile, her arms upraised, her head a crown of flowers.



Still don't see her? Look below:




This is what I love the most about my imagination. I see things that I know aren't really there, but it makes it easy to believe the "What if's", and rather than be known as the schizophrenic down the street, I write it out. Don't be surprised if the fire fairy turns up somewhere down the line.

In other news, I'm starting a website. It should be available sometime this week. Well, it's available now, but only half done. I accidentally published it before it was finished. I know. My bad. As soon as I get it right, I'll post the address and you guys can come visit me there. I've got some fun ideas for contests and will give you the opportunity to help me with my writing. Really! I promise! So stay tuned. More details will follow soon!

Quote of the Day: "Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors." - Rhys Alexander

9 comments:

Tristi Pinkston said...

The picture showed up really well, Karen!! :)

Karen Hoover said...

Isn't it awesome??? It totally blows my mind. Thanks for commenting, Tristi.

C. L. Beck said...

Cool, Karen. I LOVE the fire fairy. Ooo, what stories it brings to mind.

Thanks for posting it.

Shanna Blythe said...

What? That didn't take imagination, you discovered an honest to goodness fairy!

Karen Hoover said...

Shhhhh, don't tell anyone. You're going to blow her cover.

Annette Lyon said...

I love the way your mind thinks, Karen (probably because it's a bit warped like mine!). Gorgeous picture. I almost have to write a story about it. (Are you?)

Karen Hoover said...

Thanks, Annette! There is no question that I'm warped. I've known that for a very long time, but it's nice to know I'm in such great company. :D

I'm thinking about using the fire fairy as a secondary character in a story I've played with, yes, but I have no objection to her inspiring anyone else. Write away, if you wish!

Karlene said...

That is the coolest photo!

My sisters still tease me about seeing "faces" in the closet at night. And in wood knots. And floor tile. And...

Scared me really bad as a little kid, but now I use them to inspire characters.

Karen Hoover said...

Thanks Karlene! I totally hear you on seeing faces everywhere. I remember waking up one night, glancing out my window and seeing a cloud in the shape of a skull floating past the moon. It scared the tar out of me!