What is the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? This could be a moment, a place, a movie scene - - Talk about something that has inspired you.
Let's see . . . It is difficult to pick a concrete thing I have seen in this world that I can clearly label as the most beautiful thing I ever saw. Maybe I have yet to see that thing. Or maybe this thing we are talking about is actually a person. Future husband perhaps?
Or maybe I am taking this in the completely wrong direction. Maybe this thing isn't something physical at all. An emotion such as the expression of love could possibly be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. But to lay my finger on a specific time where I witnessed this non physical expression would be like pointing to a single star in the sky and labeling it the most stunning.
I'm thinking my answer to this question is: I don't have one. Either I don't have one yet or there are simply too many to count.
To make up for the weak entry today, here is a children's story I wrote relating to the topic of this post:
The Most Beautiful Animal
A long time ago in a kingdom very far away there lived a stunningly beautiful princess. She lived in a magnificent palace with her father, the King and her mother, the Queen. The princess was of marrying age so the King decided to have a contest among the princes to see who would be the one to wed his daughter.
Many young princes from across the kingdom flocked to the castle to compete in the contest that the King had devised. But one young man was very devious and decided to sneak into the palace even though he didn't have any royal blood. He dressed in the nicest robes he owned and headed out to the palace.
Upon his arrival, the King himself questioned the young man about his heritage as he had done to all the other princes. Thinking quickly, the boy told the King that his father was the Duke of Invisibleville. To the boy's delight, the King allowed him to compete in the contest.
That night, the King revealed to the assembled young men what the contest was to consist of. Whoever captured and brought back to the castle the prettiest animal within 24 hours would be the one to marry his daughter. At once, all the princes ran from the castle in search of the most beautiful animal in the kingdom.
One prince brought back a peacock with the most magnificent tail the King had ever seen. Purple, sky blue, and vibrant green blotches of color covered the peacock's tail and the sight took the Kings breath away. Another prince brought to the castle a lion with possibly the largest mane in the entire world. This was surely be the most handsome beast in the kingdom!
The King was just about to proclaim the prince who had brought the lion the winner of the contest and the one who would marry his daughter when, all of a sudden, there was a large commotion from behind him where the princess was sitting. The King turned to look and a mask of horror became frozen on his face.
His daughter was completely enveloped in a large fishnet! She was shrieking in fright and trying to throw the damned thing off herself. Whoever had done this would be severely punished, the King vowed. Just then, one of the princes stepped out from behind the princesses throne. Though the King didn't know it, this young man was not a prince at all. Then he spoke,
"Your Majesty, forgive me for this inhumane treatment of your daughter. All I can say is that when you announced this contest, I immediately knew where I could find the most beautiful animal in the entire kingdom, and it wasn't out there in the woods. It was right here in this room. Your Majesty, in my eyes, your daughter is by far the most beautiful creature in the kingdom. Her beauty far surpasses the beauty of a lion."
The King was stunned. This was not what he had had in mind for the contest, but he couldn't deny that his daughter was more beautiful than a lion. If he didn't name the man who had captured his daughter the winner of the contest, he would sending a message that he thought his daughter wasn't that beautiful. And that would never happen. So the man with no royal blood would marry the princess. The wedding was set and soon the devious man became King.
In other news:
First on the agenda today,
Newsletter Picks of the Week!
My first pick this week is the "Action/Adventure Newsletter (June 6, 2012)" which discussed the importance of movement in a novel, but especially an Action/Adventure novel. Second only to character interactions in my opinion, movement propels the story and should not be underestimated.
My second pick is the "Fantasy Newsletter (June 6, 2012)" which asked the question, "What escape do fantasy novels offer and do other novels offer this escape as well?" Yes, is my answer to that one. Some critics of the fantasy genre label it "escapist" writing but why in the world is that a bad thing? Escaping from real life can only be a good thing, right? It rejuvenates the mind and prepares one to face every day challenges. Flip the coin on this, and all novels in all genres have elements recognizable as definably human. Emotions such as love and hate, jealousy and admiration are present in all books in some form or another so really, books are not an "escape," simply a different way of looking at an already familiar topic.
Washed the car, swam in the pool, rowing cross-training again. Same old, same old. Blisters are in the works on my hands. I may have to buy tape.
There is one new thing I am doing right now that is pretty exclusive. By that I mean that only myself and one other member on this site are involved. My friend and brotha' from anotha' motha' (pardon my gangsta), Mr. Midnight , and I started what I think to be a really cool, and inspirational idea. I'm sure it has already been done many a time, but what we have done is create a Campfire which fuzes the worlds each of us have created with our individual books. Our characters are forced to interact with each other to achieve a common, superordinate goal. This allows both of us to develop our characters more in situations they may never ordinarily find themselves in as well as practice character interaction, which to me is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF A SATISFACTORY STORY. Sorry for the caps. I have strong feelings on this.
I would link to it, but we are not actively seeking reviews. It is more an experiment for the two of us to flesh out our characters. The "Worlds Collide" theme is a nice one to work with and I highly recommending finding a buddy (or a couple) to try this same idea out with. You must both know each others characters inside and out though. It is the only way something like this would work.
It is my sister's birthday tomorrow. She will be turning twelve, which is still younger than the age limit to join WdC, but she is mature way beyond her years. Just the other day, someone we didn't know too well thought she was a Junior in high school. For my money, I bet she can write better than half the Juniors in the country (No offense). For some reason though, she isn't too interested in joining. Maybe I have pushed too hard, but hopefully by this time next year, she will have changed her mind. A membership on here may be a good birthday present. Don't you think?
Anyway, it is my turn in the campfire. Gotta go see what challenges I can throw at our characters next. *insert evil laugh here