Monday, April 13, 2015

Once Upon A Time

"Now then, what is that phrase you use? Ah, yes...once upon a time..."

That, my lovely readers, is a quote from a movie I love (Ever After) and it's a quote that always sends shivers down my spine. I can't quite put my finger on why. But something about those two sentences give me a shiver of excitement, anticipation, suspense, joy.

Once Upon A Time.

I've never actually started a story that way. Usually my books, whether my Robin Hood series or my African Grace series, start with an elderly grandma type telling someone her story. But that phrase is somehow still dear to me. It's almost like it's a part of my family.

Once Upon A Time.

So much potential in that phrase. It's nearly as good as Happily Ever After. (and yes, I have used that cheesy phrase in my books)

That simple phrase though, it ignites my imagination. I don't need any details. Just "once upon a time" and suddenly my imagination is running wild with dragons and princesses and quiet stay at home moms. The possibilities are endless! How can such four little words set a fire inside my head? But they do. Every single time.

The bottom line is, I love that phrase.

Once Upon A Time...

There was a simple young lady who loved to write and had more friends inside her head and worlds to escape to within her imagination than any one person ought to be allowed.

Once Upon A Time...that simple young lady was me.

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