Given the unexpected turn my life has taken, I was having a hard time coming up a topic for this blog. Then yesterday my friend Marsha West blogged about Beginnings and Endings and inspiration hit. The topic is particularly apropos since I’m about to end one period of my life and start a new adventure.
My hubby and I have been living in a delightful rural area south of Silicon Valley for over twenty years. Initially we had acreage and took part in lots of fun equestrian activities with our three horses. A few years ago we sold the ranch after I injured my leg and couldn’t do the upkeep any more. Still kept the horses but boarded them so someone else could do the work. Unfortunately that caused us to gradually back out of many horse activities. We’ve now lost two of our girls and the last one is 30 years old and has several health issues. So that period of our lives is ending.
Now, out of the blue, we are starting a new chapter. An opportunity has arisen and we will be leaving our comfortable community to move to a very different area, one that will put Hubs a lot closer to his work and reduce his commute significantly. Instead of a laid back, semi-rural environment, we’ll be in the heart of a busy urban world. I’m sure it will be quite an adjustment for both us. On the other hand we will be closer to San Francisco and all its cultural offerings and therefore much more likely to take part when we don’t have to drive an hour and half each way.
The same sort of thing happens to the protagonists of our stories. They start in a normal, comfortable world and something happens to push them into a new, strange path that hopefully leads to a successful conclusion, depending on the genre. A time honored storytelling technique. From Homer’s Odyssey to Dante’s Inferno, from to Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice to Lucas’ Star Wars the conflict, which keeps us reading, is caused by the tension between the normal, safe world and the new, often scary situation they need to deal with.
In my story Wyoming Escape, Mikela is a chef living in a quiet New England town. When she finds a dead body during her morning run, her life changes completely. She runs from the killer, changes her name and ends up on a Wyoming dude ranch, a world as far as possible from her past experience. In the process her view of the world and people changes dramatically.
I hope our new adventure turns out as well. Wish us luck.