And the shower strikes again…

April 07

As many writers know, inspiration can hit at very random times. Such as when in the middle of a shower, BOOM! It hits you, the lightning-struck oak, duir.

Anyways. I’ve had this vignette, “Morning’s Kiss” kicking around for a while. It’s a decent erotica piece, a “slice of life” story. Not a long of depth or length to it… just passion.

Now, on the April Fool’s board, someone was asking for suggestions for a job for a hippie/witch character that they are writing about in their story/novel (not really sure which). I’ve been mulling it over for a bit.

I was hanging out with an old friend (more like brother…), Paul, and his SO. Both of them are pagan… and in conversation, it came up that she’s a florist. Didn’t really think much of it at the time… but this morning in the shower, it hit me.

A florist is a perfect spot for an active magician. When someone gets married, you send flowers. When someone has a baby, you send flowers. When you’re courting someone, you send flowers. When someone passes away, you send flowers. Sometimes you send flowers as a “thank you”, sometimes as a “haven’t seen you in a while, and was thinking of you”. There are a lot of reasons to send flowers, touching on most aspects of modern life.

It’s a perfect position, because flowers and herbs are not dissimilar. By arranging certain combinations of bouquets, you can effectively produce a spell. Protection, comfort, happiness, etc.

So… I’m thinking about the female character in my vignette, and I’m thinking I’d like to explore that aspect, that kind of career choice melded with the magical path she follows. I’m thinking she owns the store, and does a lot of the work herself, probably most of the people that work for her just do the deliveries. Maybe her boyfriend is pagan, maybe not… but if she’s weaving spells, of say protection, into flowers sent to someone who follows the Left Hand Path… that would leave her open as a target. And would make for some very interesting doings.

I haven’t done urban fantasy before. I think I’d like to take a go at urban fantasy erotica and see how it goes.



Posted by on April 7, 2004 in Misc, Planning/Plotting


4 responses to “And the shower strikes again…

  1. robertsloan2

    April 7, 2004 at 10:53 am

    I know there is flower lore, ranging from Hallmark-collected Victorian flower message meanings to herbal magical meanings and probably specific to particular ethnic traditions meanings — with that job she'd be expert in all of it. The flower trivia you took four hours googling for is on the tip of her tongue and familiar.

    Color magic is easy to research on almost all New Age sites and would also influence her bouquets — I find myself thinking about it just looking at some of the supermarket flower displays sometimes. It seems magical and strange to see exotic flowers that I remember as native to some faraway place out on a shelf as if they were grown in a local nursery, which for all I know, they might have been. More of that sense of wonder I get about ordinary things.

    Then there's the cards — most florist deliveries have cards that go with the flowers, opportunity for verses that can be structured to have a little arcane meaning foreshadowed in the prep scenes. Or implied by serious prep on some other standard bouquet “love blessing” or “prosperity blessing” on something ordinary, that's just mild and general — showing her researching then getting interrupted would imply the walloping power of anything she had to set up custom for a major spell.

    The idea's too cool! Purr!


  2. stormerider

    April 7, 2004 at 11:06 am

    Wow. damn, that's some really good ideas to run with. 🙂 I was planning on doing some herbal research, but I hadn't even thought of the color aspect of it. Which of course _has_ to play into it, because of the meaning of flowers (black roses, white roses, red roses, yellow roses all meaning very different things)…

    The cards are a cool idea, too. Some people will write their own, but for the ones who want to send a standard message, she can have some made up to reinforce the actual selection….

    Thanks a lot, that'll help me quite a bit 🙂

    (Good to see you around again, btw… Glad to see you're doing ok :))



  3. nonnycat

    April 7, 2004 at 5:23 pm

    Utterly brilliant. I never would have thought of that. It'll be interesting to see what you do with it.

    Conversely, you could use the same sort of character as a villain. In an urban fantasy setting, if herb and flower magic is powerful, your character could probably curse someone that way, or cause other problems in their lives.

    This could definitely be a fun character, whatever you decide to do with her. 😀


  4. robertsloan2

    April 8, 2004 at 12:23 am

    Purr. Glad to be back, especially in LJ — got to get paid up again to fiddle with the features. I love April Fools — it was just what I needed! Purr and thanks for setting it up! (Hee hee I got my words, purr purr purr)



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